Improvised techno anyone?

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Post by Haterade » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:20 pm

dillajay wrote:Have a look at some of PATRICIAs live stuff.
Seconding this. He is tight as hell live.
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Post by jimmyambulance » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:14 am

i do this with Octatrack, 6U modular, TR-8, and Blofeld - lots of fun. It started as semi-structured, but at this point, the only thing prepared is the samples loaded into the Octatrack, and I try to load up new samples on the days that I perform to keep it fresh.

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Post by osc1899 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:48 am

Yes I do! Sometimes accompanied with my buddy mono-poly.

Improvised techno all the way with Serge/Hordijk and 808/909 and some FX.

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Post by bucketbrigade » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:21 am

I've been trying this lately, with a 9u Eurorack system. Played one show this way and it worked but I had to practice on the patch for days before I thought I could pull it off. I choose some scales on the Rene ahead of time but for the most part its improvised. A fun way to work. I need to have a well-rehearsed patch though, I'd never try to build one from scratch live.

Some examples on the instagram in my sig.

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Post by Dubka » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:39 am

I do! :tu:

https://soundcloud.com/throneofblood/to ... dubka-live

it's not always techno, but yeah... the concept is the same

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Post by stromcat » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:56 pm

This one is fucking awesome - how are you pitch quantising everything/keeping all the disparate sequencers musical?

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Post by radiokoala » Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:02 pm

Really cool guys, I'll have to dig deeper into some of your stuffs ;-)

jimmyambulance, your approach sounds like mine most of all here I think...

I posted this elsewhere once, but will leave here to keep the topic active:

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Post by ETP » Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:07 am

Dubka and radiokoala damn great :tu:

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Post by Kernelkunt » Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:48 pm

radiokoala
Thats a nice set. What kind of modules are you running along with the volcas?

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Post by radiokoala » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:22 pm

Thanks folks!

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Mutable Instruments Tides and L-1 2180 VCF mainly. Also Thonk Spring Reverb and Synthrotek EKO on sends (I usually take stompboxes but decided to experiment with modular FX this time). So I can run either volca or synth voice through those in any proportion if I so desire.

I'm using modular here in duophonic configuration, with SQ-1 for two separate sequence lines and SSF PTG as dual volume envelope here.

2180 is used in self-oscillation mode and often (even if not in this clip) has reverb in big amounts on it, I like the way it sounds so, sines and spring reverb make a good match. Then there is MI Tides running Sheep firmware, so there we have another voice. Then I also use Sputnik DWG for FM'ing the filter – well basically my choice for how I patched modular is to have some unique flavor added, I think both analog FM and wavetable synthesis are not so widespread techniques plus sound distinct in the mix. You could also notice how at one moment I'm tweaking the filter and it starts sounding metallic – what I do there is turn up the depth of fm from previously zero.

Altogether, that's quite basic patch going on I think, but I intentionally decided to not overcomplicate things too much. :)
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Post by Kernelkunt » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:57 am

radiokoala wrote:Thanks folks!

Kernelkunt
Mutable Instruments Tides and L-1 2180 VCF mainly. Also Thonk Spring Reverb and Synthrotek EKO on sends (I usually take stompboxes but decided to experiment with modular FX this time). So I can run either volca or synth voice through those in any proportion if I so desire.

I'm using modular here in duophonic configuration, with SQ-1 for two separate sequence lines and SSF PTG as dual volume envelope here.

2180 is used in self-oscillation mode and often (even if not in this clip) has reverb in big amounts on it, I like the way it sounds so, sines and spring reverb make a good match. Then there is MI Tides running Sheep firmware, so there we have another voice. Then I also use Sputnik DWG for FM'ing the filter – well basically my choice for how I patched modular is to have some unique flavor added, I think both analog FM and wavetable synthesis are not so widespread techniques plus sound distinct in the mix. You could also notice how at one moment I'm tweaking the filter and it starts sounding metallic – what I do there is turn up the depth of fm from previously zero.

Altogether, that's quite basic patch going on I think, but I intentionally decided to not overcomplicate things too much. :)
Missed this post. Thanks for the in-depth explanation, very informative :tu:

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Post by radiokoala » Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:53 am

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no problems! feel free to pm/ask me anything anytime :) you're welcome.
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Post by Spivkurl » Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:32 am

Here's one I did a couple days ago in the studio. Just two mono tracks recorded. DIY modular, suzuki omnichord, and circuit bent roll up drum module.

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Post by dropaloe » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:31 pm

I used to want to do something like this but I realized I want to infiltrate a club/festival/dj scene. Something like this would be a little complicated to carry on for several hours, and those kind of venues usually don't book that sort of act. I do like to mix tracks and blend in a few performance routines on a midifighter, or drum machine or synth.

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Post by Ed » Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:50 pm

Here's a rehearsal I did today.
All improvised, Drums come from MFB Drum modules, a synth voice from HertzDonut + Toppobrillo MF, Loops from Volca Sample and basses, pads and percussion from the Analog Keys, which also sequences and clocks the modular.
Gets good around 20:00, turns out I was in a melodic mood today...

http://soundcloud.com/ed_1/improvised-liveset-2782015

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Post by tIB » Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:53 pm

45 minute live improvised techno set here: https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewt ... highlight=

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Post by darenager » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:19 am

I think the Monotribe and Volca series lend themselves to this kind of thing superbly, in some cases more so than "high end" gear, mainly due to the fact that when using their sync sockets you can stop and restart individual machines how you see fit, and also because of their limited memories and sequencer functions like changing sequence length and adding or removing steps on the fly, great fun!

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Post by flo » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:01 am

The jam from last weekend :party:

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https://soundcloud.com/contracommunemop ... -29-aug-15

Cheers! :guinness:

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Post by Black Medicine » Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:56 pm

Sure, lots of people have done it. I started out doing it like that, but I learned that it's actually a lot more fun for both you and the audience to have some bits that are not strictly improvised, but rather as blocks of things that work well together, and can be mixed and matched with other things that work well together, though leaving plenty of flexibility in the chunks for manipulation on the fly.

The idea is that you can create a LOT of dynamics, and also not worry about trying to come up with harmonically complex stuff with good counterpoint, like basslines, melodies, comping harmonies, all at the same time, and then neglect your rhythmic movements, or textural stuff, and vice versa.

Here, far from perfect, but you get the idea.

https://hearthis.at/ghwpxHZQ/infilunitlive01061r/

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Post by co87lab » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:10 am

Dope stuff echoplex!!

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Post by co87lab » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:11 am

Dope stuff echoplex! Do you release under an alias?

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Post by maruwan » Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:51 am

same here: all live, no preset nothing.

But mostly because I lack a decent sequencer. I'm pining for Social Entropy's Engine and that'll take care of that.

I think if you're going after very rhythmically complex beats it's better to have some stuff pre-programmed but for "simple" 4/4 bass-snare-hat-clap techno it's totally doable. Just did a live set this w/e with a tanzbaer a microbrute and some modules.
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Post by ModularCult » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:41 pm

I'm sure a lot of you have already seen this, but I'll leave it here anyway.

Not strictly modular only, lots of inspiration anyway.

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Post by radiokoala » Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:27 pm

Here is a fresh clip of us (me, Alexei de Bronhe, & Mustelide) playing a live improvised techno set as a trio. This took place at a fashion show dedicated to a new collection of Elpnk Dzgn (electropunk design, I am wearing their t-shirt in the previous video I posted). Just like me, they too are from Belarus, and they are making some interesting music independently – Alex is more into bass/juke/techno, and Natasha (Mustelide) records and plays some great synthpop, see http://soundcloud.com/mustelide and http://soundcloud.com/alexeidebronhe if interested.

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Thx for watching! :party:
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Post by meatbeatz » Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:19 pm

:sb: radiokoala!

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