Dig Vis Drill were a mid-80s band that I am *immensely* proud of and we couldda been contenders. Here’s a 12″ mix (with a vid from Phil M) that Fon Records were going to release before it all went pear-shaped ;(
Play LOUD & enjoy some of Ogy’s finest lyrics, still chillingly relevant today!
A couple of tunes from our debut gig as a duo, at Bishops’ House in Sheffield as support to Frostlake. Our sound is still a work in progress (it’s hard to radically re-arrange songs you’ve had in your head for 30 years!) , but you’ll get the general idea.
In my struggle to find a fully-featured midi footpedal that is smaller than my FCB1010, I’ve been using a Rolls midi pedal and using midi-ox to covert the incoming program changes into control or note values with which to control ableton. However, the interface for editing it is a real pain and the map OXM files weren’t easily editable.
imagine my delight when I discovered you can save OXM mapping files as TXM (you have to add the extension yourself) so they become plain ascii files that you can edit in a text editor. In order to create a series of drop-down values of PC and Ctl, I loaded it into excel and “dragged down” to increment the values. Save back as a comma delimited text file, Bob’s your Aunty 😉
There’s a sample TXM file in the map folder to get you started. Not a huge leap for mankind, but a great time-saving feature of the software I was unaware of.
When you get your 80s band together again, the freedom is amazing, all the ego problems of our youth long sublimated by maturity. But then different issues arise, middle-aged choices about life-style and commitment, resulting in Elaine and I now working as a duo, stripped back with a few loops (hopefully) entering the equation. Some old tunes re-imagined and hopefully some new material.
Our first outing is at Bishops’ house on Dec. 17, supporting the inimitable Frostlake. Coincidentally, I’m also there on Dec. 2nd playing with a shakuhachi player (Herve Perez) as String Theology 😉
Tomorrow sees the debut of a duo I’m in with my old mate Dave on vocals. I’m doing loopy acoustic. We started this some years ago but it didn’t take off. We’re on at 6.10 at the Diversity festival in Sheffield, covering some old classics and a few more recent ones. For looping geeks, I’ve resurrected my EDP and relearned how to tapdance it into action. We’ll be going for a retro look 😉
I was hoping to play this sunday at West St Live with my band Red Zoo, but for various reasons it’s not happening, so I’ll be performing under my own steam, looping like a good ‘un. Should be on around 8, be nice to see some of you?