The music of a full band through the production set-up of a DJ... Cloning virtual versions of myself to play every instrument at once!
As you may have noticed, I am not offering my new album as a reward: my music is free and I intend to keep it that way. I've long believed that if everyone just gave a little back of what they had to offer, everyone would be a lot better off. So, whether you contribute to this dream of mine or not feel free to go to alexkanemusic.com and DOWNLOAD MY MUSIC FOR FREE. If you can't afford to support my cause please give back by spreading my music around.
Brand spanking new performance style! Converging all of the music of a band with the live visual show of a DJ
A few months ago, I finished my fourth CD and I wanted to play it live. I'd worked with looping tracks before, stacking and layering instruments live to build each part of each song. But looping instruments is limiting, tedious, and not the most entertaining way to play.
So, after countless hours of research, help from friends and borrowed equipment, I made, edited and configured video and audio content for what amounted to 10 minutes of material. Now, I want to develop a full length set that integrates this style of performance with 3D projection mapping. In essence, I've created a process that merges analog and digital - that unites the DJ and the band - and a means to make it look really, really cool. I will need to hire someone to shoot and edit the video, pay for the projector, and several new pieces of hardware and software, not to mention the time it will take for me to make it all work together and an awesome event to showcase it.
I am always open to feedback: if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions about my project, or if you know of someone who can help out, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, @alexkanemusic, or at Facebook.com/alexkanemusic.
Thank you very much and I hope to see you at a venue near you!
Here are clips of the full versions of Pablo and Lotus War at TEDx:
Dj software: Ableton Live; Vj Software: currently using Arkaos Grand VJ, but plan on using LPMT projection mapping software; Controller: iPad; Trigger software: Lemur; Extra fanciness: Max for Live; External video card; Thunderbolt to PCI adapter; And a ton of ram for extra smoothness
Transfer and rebuild all parts of tracks originally recorded and produced in Pro Tools studio production software, in Ableton Live DJ software. Shoot and edit corresponding video for each instrument of each part of each track and upload into projection mapping/VJ software. Build templates in Lemur editor to correspond to the exact specifications of each song, transfer to lemur on iPad via Lemur Daemon. Make adhoc network between computer and iPad. Get Lemur on iPad to communicate with VJ and DJ software using Lemur Daemon.
Choose your own adventure:
Option 1: Map the midi commands from the Lemur in the iPad to the corresponding parts in both the DJ and VJ software, so that when you push one "button" on the iPad it triggers a response in both pieces of software simultaneously.
Option 2: Map the midi commands in the DJ software, and build a separate midi track to send the midi signals to the VJ software, thus making the DJ software the master and the VJ software the slave.
Then practice a lot and enjoy!
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