Haszari Live at the Library

As part of NZ Music Month I was invited to play in the Dunedin Public Library. Because I love libraries, and this one (a marvellous concrete construction) in particular, I jumped at the chance! And of course I'm generally obsessed with the idea of playing electronic music live.

Cue a month or so of fervent anxious work getting a set together. Because this was a 20 minute slot, I felt that I could pull out all the stops and make this as complicated as I wanted. Over the last wee while I've been making lots of little loops so I had a bunch of material to play with.

The first time through (I had two slots booked - a Sunday morning and a Thursday after work), I had a technical problem, and had to play a (boring old, not even live mate) DJ set instead. In the intervening time I dusted off a custom nodejs websockets OSC UI thing to replace the bits that didn't work (studiomux providing OSC-over-lightning cable). This worked great, turning the iPad into a wireless pattern-trigger controller.

On the laptop I used SuperCollider as a MIDI pattern sequencer and also to play back texture samples. This all fed into Logic Pro X where the synthesis, effects and mix happened (with lots of params assigned to hardware knobs).

Here's the recording - great background music for reading perhaps? Hope it's as much fun to listen to as it was to put together :)

Tracklist:

  1. Like So (live dub)
  2. Maenyb (live dub)
  3. Nevozo (live dub)
  4. Janura Crossing (live dub)

A colleague of mine had a dream where, as best as he could remember, three lines rotated and smoothly transitioned between a triangle and a 3-spoked thing. At least, that's what he could get across, and implement as an animation, when he woke up.

Right now I'm looking for animated works to put on the big screen at this year's Vogel Street Party. And in general, I'm trying to throw down audiovisual jams in the weekends for fun. So this stickity animation got me inspired.

I tweaked the animation so the sticks slow down and speed up, added dingy urban background images (of Vogel Street of course!). Then I put it through @felixturners's badTV shader effect, which I've been wanting to use on something for ages.

The soundtrack is a combo of my old textbook "light, textured dubstep" demo Peaches From NZ with layered sci-fi Alchemy presets.