For this series of blog posts, I have been tasked with writing a blog post about performers that use technology as part of their performance this blog post is about collaboration within electronic music.
For this blog post I will be covering how Ableton link work and how yeah yeah industrial collaborate to create there live performance.
Ableton link is a feature in Ableton live that allows users to connect their separate devices together so that they can collaborate on music easily. When playing acoustic instruments it is easy to sync up with the other musicians that you are playing with. Provided that you are a half decent musician who can actually play in time. This has not always been the case for electronic instruments as syncing up many devices was very difficult. But Ableton link now makes it easy for users to sync up there computers. Link is now also coming as an inbuilt feature in other music programs.
Link keeps multiple computers synced in time by using a local network contention. The user can create a new network on a mac by opening their wifi options and creating a new network. Then other users can join the newly made network and then link there Ableton project with others that are running Link-enabled software. To stop people from hacking live performances ethernet cables can also be used.
When collaborating using link any user change the tempo of jam and the other computers will follow the change. Also, one user’s can stop their part while the others that they are working with can continue to play.
Yeah Yeah Industrial
yeah yeah industrial consists of two people Shaun Blezard and Ian Simpson, Shaun and Ian collaborate together to create improvised jams that they record and release.
I contacted Shaun and asked him about yeah yeah industrial collaborate and perform live. I asked Shaun if he and Ian have a plan to sync their computers or equipment when performing live. I asked if they used something like Ableton link to sync their computers or equipment together. Shaun replied stating that he and Ian have no set at all when they perform together and do not sync their equipment together he went on to say that.
“The way to good improvisation is to be a good listener, to really hear and feel what the other is doing, we have been in various combinations for a long time now so are pretty good at weaving in and out of each other sound with neither taking the lead, the music kind of plays itself in many ways.”
I asked Shaun about what equipment he and Ian used for the live performance. He went on to say that they both have specific peddles or apps that do a specific thing so have a certain amount of signature sounds at our disposal.
Shaun went on to say that when yeah yeah industrial perform live he uses just an iPad running instrument sampler and effects apps. He said that Ian uses battery synths and fx pedals during the performances.
The apps that shaun uses with his iPad are as follows
Shaun uses Audiobus for routing all the apps he is using in the performance.
One of the instruments that shaun uses is called ThumbJam he stated that this app “is amazing for real instruments simulations like Fender Rhodes, Harp, Piano, Cello etc”
ThumbJam is an app that contains over 40 multi-sampled instruments,
When the user opens the app they can choose what scale and key they would like to play in then they can choose one of the 40 instruments included with the app.The app is designed so that the user can never hit a wrong note this is so that anyone can play it even if they have no musical experience.The app also has a loop function so that the user can create a loop with one instrument and then change to another instrument with in the app and jam with them selfs.
Samplr can be used for real time sampling and manipulation shaun uses this for pulling in sound from other apps and then manipulating it back into the mix
Hexaglyphics – electronic noise generator
Hexaglyphics noise generator is a “13-bit noise generator with an interface based on an original alphabet for hexadecimal values” the app allows the user to create many different kinds of electronic glitch sounds, wight noise, noise sweeps squarish oscillations and abstract sounds.
Bowls HD – Singing bowls
Borderlands – sampler/grain sythnthesis
DROM – nice duel occilator app
AUFX: Space – lovely reverb
AUFX: Dub – useful delay
Sansula – thumb piano