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Nebu:lous - Live dub performance with APC40

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Published on Apr 25, 2013

This piece is an exploration of what's possible to do with an APC 40 hooked up to Ableton Live. It's a part of a project I'm doing for my Creative Music Technology course at Bath Spa University. When I started piecing together this performance I had little to no experience with using my DAW as an instrument rather than a sequencer despite having owned an APC 40 for quite some time (shame on me, right?). I've made the template I'm using myself, but I got the basic idea of using the grid buttons to trigger sends from DJ Kiva's performance for Dubspot.com which can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lrxr...

It's worth mentioning that I've chosen a slightly different approach than Kiva when controlling my loops. Instead of using loops running in arrangement view I'm using loops running in session view and scene launch buttons to trigger off the different scenes in order to give my performance a bit of progression (it's a bit too tempting to go off on a 10 minute space-out with feedback loops if I don't...). My template also takes more use of the pots the APC has in order to sculpt the sound. Additionally I've done a meagre attempt to incorporate live solos on my keyboard despite my lack of classical music education.

When it comes musical elements I've synthesised and programmed all of the loops myself. However, the general "sound" of it is primarily inspired by Ott as I really appreciate his funky, dubby, futuristic and yet vintage sounds. If you haven't checked out his stuff yet it can be found here:

http://www.ottsonic.net/store/

I've also made a couple of fx racks in order to make it sound a bit less generic. Most notable of these are the "Bubbulator" and the "Shifty-delay". The former consists of a grain delay, space echo, fast twitch and a generic effect (all of the latter are max4live effects) and is the effect that make the prickly sounds that can be heard towards the middle. The latter is the delay unit I use to make the feedback loops with and is a less process-hungry modification of a delay unit made by Tom Cosm which can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjYYv...

If you liked this performance feel free to share it, like it and all that jazz. I'll be trying to check in every once in a while to answer questions and comments.

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