My live set brings my deep, melodic techno and house sound to a spontaneous live setting. I’m performing based primarily on my modular synthesiser system, and keeping things fully live and improvised. I wanted to do something with my live set that captures the spontaneity of jamming with machines, rather than perfect recreations of my studio tracks. The sound is stripped back and improvised, but keeping things melodic and driving. You can get a flavour of things in my recent modular jam videos on YouTube, but this will be the first time I am playing a full 45 minute set. It’s definitely different to a DJ set, but the aim is to have the same energy and flow but with everything played live.
Electric Offense have run many events in ‘meatspace’ (aka ‘the real world’), but over the lockdowns recently they have developed a virtual club where they have been hosting shows. You can access the club using a normal computer or smartphone, but if you have any VR hardware then you can use that for total immersion in the space. The performance will be streamed into the club from my studio, while people in the crowd can join the space, move around and talk to others in the event. It’s a different vibe to the usual live streams, and worth checking out.
I’ll be playing at the start of the event, from 3.30pm UK time, 4.30pm CEST, followed by a DJ set from Petra Loosova.
Thanks for all the support for my track Signs which came out a couple of weeks ago on Traum. I’ve made a breakdown video going through some of how I produced the track.
In the video I go through all of this and the direction I took with the music. It’s a bit of a mixture of some technical insights and some more general thinking about concepts I build into the music and how I approach producing. This includes the initial idea the track came from, a hook that I threw away, the synths and sound design.
The team mix computer generated and live performed visuals to create an atmospheric environment which worked really well for the deep, melodic sound of this mix. The first half of the broadcast is soundtracked by an edit of my recent guest mix for With:Lov, and the second half is an edit of her mix from the same show.
My recent guest mix for With:Lov’s show on Saturo Sounds is up on mixcloud now. It features a selection of my own tracks and remixes, as well as some recent favourites from producers such as Ejeca, DNYO and James Solace.
A collection of four semi-improvised live jams, the EP takes my melodic, emotive techno into a stripped back form for a live setting. Each track has an accompanying live video on YouTube, and the EP is available free on Bandcamp.
This EP comes from a love of the roots of electronic music as an interplay between humans and machines, with live experimentation at its heart. This project takes this live approach with a focus on melody and improvisation.
Recorded over the recent lockdown period, the ‘Live EP’ contains four tracks of improvised melodic techno.
My latest live jam is here. ‘Dots’ is more of an acid based groove than my other recent jams. It’s a building groove, bringing the energy up and down without big melodic breakdowns. The kind of thing I’d like to do mid way through a live set.
The set is progressing, and I’ve developed some approaches to getting really improvisational now, as well as playing longer sets. I’ll share more soon, and I am building up to doing a full length live set with this setup.
Integrate is out now, a new live jam on my modular system. This track takes things in a darker, more progressive direction influenced by a live DJ set from Patrice Baumel I tuned into last week. As ever, it’s all improvised on the synths with sequences I manipulate live in the Cirklon sequencer.
I’ll share more on my live process soon. I’m developing it at the moment and it’s starting to feel like quite a natural way to play. My next step is to work on transitioning between different tracks, or chapters, and towards a full length live set. More on that soon.
Here’s the next of my live jam videos, a track called ‘Inside’. I’ve been working on developing a way of playing live with a modular synth, allowing for improvisation and spontaneous jams of new material. More to come, and I’ll share some details of how I’m playing soon as well.