Re: [electronicmusic-152] Looking for studio learning partner(s)

From: Paul N.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 5:07 PM
Hey electro-friends,

I'd like to find a partner for making some techno/learning software as well. I'm in Oakland, and here's what I've got:
Logic Pro 7, Tracktion, Ableton Live 5, Max/MSP, an Akai MPD24 Midi Controller (drum matrix style), a Roland Synth, Tascam interface, and
a Rode NT1-A condenser mic.

Someone hit me up! :D

-Paul 
[address removed]

On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 4:56 PM, Dan <[address removed]> wrote:
I am in SF but have a brewing project and would dig additional collaboration especially for live perforances.

Current Setup:
Reason 4, Cubase SX, Waves Mercury, Waves Platinum, E-MU controllers, bunch of rackmount mic pres and effects
Couple of nice condensor and other mics


Drop a line to [address removed]

-Dan






On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 3:34 PM, Blue Fire <[address removed]> wrote:
I have a Symbolic Sound Capybara with octo line out, and am
experimenting with spatializations of a stereo signal from a DJ.  I'd
like to practice performing as a sound jockey in tandem with DJ's.

Here's a note I sent to my Burning Man camp list:

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Many DJ's and participants on the dance floor have damaged their
hearing, so they're a little deaf, sometimes seriously deaf.  We keep
cranking up the volume levels to compensate...  it's got to stop
somewhere, but nobody's figured out how to hold back the spiral.

Also:  Vast sound systems are not particularly green, and probably
sooner than later we're going to be living with a lot less power
available for entertainment.

Turning down the volume on a conventional two-channel system mostly
just makes people complain that the music's not loud enough.

So maybe it makes sense to ask:  Why do people need dance music very
loud?

It seems to me there are three main reasons:

1)  A visceral bump in the beat is pleasant;

2)  High volume gives a sense of escape and immersion;

3)  High volume can cover for less-than-brilliant mixing.  Sometimes
the music's so loud, you can't hear it.

Maybe it would make sense to experiment with how we present
material.  As possibilities to check out, here are some ideas I'd
like to try with dancers and DJ's:

Re: 1)  Interactive lighting systems have made a good start...
better integration between visuals and musical gestures might
increase focus, therefore decreasing need for high levels.  There's
at least one venue in San Francisco with powerful drivers pumping a
pulse into the actual dance floor.  The pulse itself is subsonic, and
feeling physical movement in the floor won't hurt anybody's hearing.

Re: 2)  With a sound jockey running a multi-channel speaker system,
vigorously patterned spatialization in the sound can support a sense
of otherwhere and envelopment.  I already know this is true, but have
not worked out practical conventions for a sound jockey.  If musical
and directional patterns are carrying you away, high volume is less
necessary.

Re: 3)  This of course depends on the DJ.
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Please consider adding a sound jockey to the mix.

Blue Fire
aka Will





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