Live looping with Ableton Live
Here’s a recent video of some live looping with synthesizers and gadgets performed at the experimental/new music studio, Community of Sound in Burlington, VT. Knowing even less about filming than I do about keeping a website up-to-date, I must say that I’m pleased with the look of this one. This is the first in a series of short synth videos that I’ll be releasing over the next month or so.
The process that I generally follow when making these pieces is partially improvisation, but would probably be better described as spontaneous composition. For each piece, I spend about a half hour dialing in a set of timbres with the synths and drums that create the mood I’m feeling inspired by on that day. Occasionally, I might rework my software setup to accommodate an arrangement idea or incorporate specific effects. More on that in another post. Next is to figure out a chord structure, beat and a rough idea for how I might layer different sounds.
With that rough outline in place, I press record and see what happens. Usually, I’ll get a decent piece in a couple of takes though sometimes it takes hours before I put together something I’m happy with. Every now and then one take is all that’s required. I believe that was the case on this video. I had already recorded one piece this session and was just trying out an idea and, on a whim, thought to press record. In a way, this video is a look inside the process since I hadn’t really worked out any of the themes for the piece in advance — that’s all happening in real time.