Open Source Acid at GINLICK

The Grroove Doctor
The Grroove Doctor

Performing this Saturday as part of the open source acid night at Ginlick in Shepards Bush – more info . Going for an all hardware setup as a bit of a tester for Kendal Calling. Setup is  – Korg Electribe SX, Roland 707 Drum Machine, Roland Sh-101 Synth and newly acquired Boss Dr.Groove DR-202. The Electribe has the master clock, with the 707 and 202 as slaves. The 707 sends sync pulses to the 101’s clock for arpeggiator and sequencer. Audio wise I have everything going to a small Yamaha mixer and an fx send to a Boss RF-1 effects unit. The RF-1 is running a hall reverb, bit crusher and some BPM effects that are quite mental.

This setup is amazingly flexible with room for improvisation and live tweaking.  I actually much prefer moving from each machine to tweak and adjust rather than flipping menus in a midi controller.  The style I am doing is simple electro/ techno but it gets quite nasty and wig out at times, even with one pattern going. The 707 cuts through everything like a champion, and although a very simple machine has a great sound and is fantastic for live setups. I was unsure of the DR-202, but the sounds are great, with some lovely lo-fi scratches and hits, also the roll function is incredible allowing you to change the speed of rolls mid roll. Will post an mp3 when i done my set.

Richard Devine Workshop

I was lucky to attend the Richard Devine workshop hosted by Centrifuge and Jazz Mutant at futuresonic. Truely inspirational, the workshop focused on his use of the Lima touchscreen interface. He also talked about his working practises and showed of some of his favourite techniques. He was really approachable and hosted a great session.