I just released an intrumental downtempo album from my electronic duo CLONE, which was recorded in 2004 and lost in the archives till now. The album is entitled CLONE – Live at Brazil Brazil (qd-4261). Download it for free!
Back in 2005, I set out to write a rough guide on how I personally use Propellerheads Reason software for live gigs, in the hopes of shedding light on this most elusive topic: how do electronic musicians rock out on a laptop and MIDI controller?
A full night of music and an Acid42 performance at the Cubao-X venue in Quezon City, Philippines: I actually tried something new tonight, and constructed a few on-the-spot loops for the event. Since the night was primarily a gathering of goths and goth-music lovers, I tried my hand at crafting some moody atmospheres on-the-fly. And some of it worked. When the rest of it was starting to suck, I had to start playing my pre-constructed slow songs. They were still a bit too hip-hoppish and funky for the goth crowd, I felt, but what the hey.
From April 5 to 9, 2005, I was in Nagoya, Japan, as keyboardist, laptop musician and backup singer for the Grace Nono and Bob Aves group. We performed for one hour at the Expo Dome, a 3,000-seater auditorium located within the 300-hectare World Expo 2005 Nagakute site, which just days before us, featured Alanis Morisette. And we rocked the house with a set featuring songs which mixed traditional Philippine tribal music with Western-flavored and electronic arrangements. Traditional + experimental = spiritual world music in ancient languages.
The event was a success. On the basis of sheer attendance alone, not to mention the audience feedback. People loved the show, and they loved the idea even more. Apart from adding a few electronic touches (sound effects mostly) to the show, I took the stage at 10pm and played till midnight. A full straight 2 hours, which is a first for me.
I was asked to give a talk at the University of the Philippines’ Fine Arts college during their first digital media festival in 2001. The topic? Using software to create digital music. I demonstrated the program Acid Pro in front of a live audience.