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Ableton Live 8

by on Feb.05, 2009, under software

I’m getting quite excited about the latest release of Ableton (such is my sad existence).

I use Ableton Live to DJ, play live sets and when I’m writing and producing music.  I decided some time ago to focus on just one package, rather than learning a wee bit about lots of different music production software.  In the past I’ve used Acid, Cubase, Fruityloops and Reason but Live does it all for me (for the moment anyway).

This latest version promises to feature a looper, which is something that looks very useful from a performance point of view.  It also looks like great fun as well – which is always a good thing in music software (what’s the point otherwise?).

Anyway, rather than me describe all the new features, you can check them out on the Ableton website:

Ableton Live 8 announcement

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Africasea

by on Dec.04, 2008, under tracks

This track has components that have been kicking about for a while.  The 12-bar guitar part and the electronic backing have recently been married to the verse and chorus.  I’ve performed the acoustic version out and about for a while now but the version below is definitely my favourite.

Couch Boy – Africasea

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Wee Groove details

by on Oct.24, 2008, under gigs

I’ve mentioned before about “We Dance, Wee Groove”, and posted a mix.  To recap, I’ve been DJing at a music and dance event for under fives (and associated adults).  The concept has developed from a ‘baby rave’ which took place at the Imaginate Festival in Edinburgh last year.  It has elements of performance, interaction and a club event, with music, lights, dancers and video projections.

Following on from four sessions for nursery schools, there will be three shows for the general public on Saturday 1 November at the Scottish Youth Theatre.  They will take place at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

We’ve been rehearsing over the past week (courtesy of Dance House) and have moved the production forward considerably since the Edinburgh gigs earlier this year.  We’ve worked hard on getting the music right and developed the dancing.  I’ll also be playing guitar and scratching as part of the show.  I can’t wait to see and hear the results in action.

We Dance, wee Groove 011108 flyer

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