Just been enjoying a video from 1987, when Dig Vis Drill headlined the Sefton Park Free Festival in Liverpool. The stage was set in some kind of lake, with a hill in front of it – punters were lighting fires and it was an impressive evening. Here’s a capture from the video 😉
A snippet from the Sheffield Cathedral gig 09/10/14.
Someone wrote to us afterwards:
Just to say thank you so much for yesterday’s gig. I wandered in half-way through, a visitor to the city with an hour to spare before my train left. Such an astonishing, wonderful soundscape, and perfect in the cathedral setting as well. A bit of genius – and, I think, grace – on a Thursday lunchtime.
Actually, it’s a “recital”, according to the Sheffield Cathedral event on facebook. It’s been a few years since my last gig at the wonderfully reverberant Cathedral (see epic right) and we (Lost Garden) are looking forward to it a great deal. My brother sang in the choir some 50 years ago and I have wonderful memories of watching Graham Matthews, the organist, performing with bare feet.
We’re on around 1pm, Thursday October 9th, in front of the Nave…
I was watching the amazing Imogen Heap (sexy, musical and techy!) recently, when she demo’d a new controller system operated by her body (it’s as intriguing as it sounds!). At one point, she sang a note and captured/froze it to hang on in an amazing cloud of sound. I set about doing this using a reverb in Ableton.
After much trial, error and googling, I found this useful tutorial on creating a “frozen” reverb. I had something similar, but the idea of toggling a wet reverb chain via a button press makes it even simpler. I have this fed from send 3, on fully wet, so as soon as I press the button, whatever was fed into the (muted) reverb is frozen and unmuted.
When you reverse the process, the frozen elements vanishes instantly, so I’ve added a second reverb to follow it, providing a controllable tail-off. Ideally, I’d like to trigger this by a foot-switch – may recycle the hold socket on the Roland PCR300 I’m using as a controller.
I’ve been mildly obsessed with the idea of hands-free midi control since I saw the incomparable hottie Imogen Heap demonstrating her “body suit” and have finally made some small progress in that direction. I’ve bought a Sharp infra-red distance sensor, plugged it into the arduino, a few lines of code and hey presto, it’s reading values from the detector.
All I need to do now is either smooth the readings and convert to a midi controller message, or more probably to begin with, set a cut off value in the data and use this to trigger a device on/off via midi. My first thought was to operate my “freeze” function in Ableton -currently dedicated to a small footswitch plugged into the “old” socket of my keyboard controller. Why it will be more fun to just waft a hand instead of pressing a button, I’m not totally sure, but it may add a small degree of showmanship into my performances 😉
For those of you that don’t know the Arduino chip, it’s pretty simple to program, here’s the code that reads the sensor.
int sensorPin = 0;
int val = analogRead(sensorPin);
During the noughties, my brother Simon ran an excellent indie label called English Electric. They released CDs by the Comsat Angels & instrumental music by Chris Meloche and Stephen Fellows, but the economics model and the growth of file sharing created restraints on output. However, we now feel that there is a different (low-run) print option that will allow us to continue to release some of the great unknown music produced in Sheffield!
We intend to (re)launch the label with our first two releases being Andy “Chickenlegs” Weaver’s posthumous release alongside a release from Lost Garden (my project with Andy Peake). Hopefully this will take place later this year. If you have any interest, please join our mailing list.