With my album just about done it is time to start learning all the songs. There are quite a few different parts on the recordings and I have been trying to figure out how I can include them in my live show. The drum and atmospheric parts in particular are really hard to reproduce live. I’ve been doing some research into including a sampler in my live setup and I eventually settled on using a Launchpad Mini (the square grid of buttons that you can see in the pic).
The Launchpad is designed as a controller for Ableton, which is the audio software that I used to the recording my album. You can set up various clips within the software and then trigger them via the buttons on the Launchpad. The trickiest part so far was trying to get the software to speak to my loop station so that everything would playing be in time. After a couple days of googling and experimenting I finally figured it out. Now it is just the small matter of piecing all the songs together: figuring out what I am going to play and when, what buttons need to pushed and in what order and then trying to do it all without falling over. Once I have got the general structure of a song down I will practice it over and over again, recording my performances and tweaking the sounds and settings so that everything is just right.
With the official album launch on November 10, I am hoping to have the album ready to perform in entirety for a release party on 9 November. Wish me luck!!