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live production

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 6:31 pm
by kalimnixon
Hi my name is Kalim Nixon I am a producer/dj studying music business in Guildford, UK. Please would you take the time to fill in my short questionnaire and email it back to me

This is a questionnaire for my dissertation as a part of a final project for a BA degree program. Please could you take the time to fill it in, thank you very much.

A computer performance refers to the use of a live sequencer, sample or any other computer program used in the live environment.

1. Do you use a computer in your live performances? Yes/No

And if so in what way?

2. If not, would you in the future? Yes/No Why?

3. Do you use a Mac or PC? Mac/PC circle

4. What programs do you produce with?

Ableton Live, Logic, Reason, Cubase, Sonar or Nuendo. Please circle.

5. What do you think using a computer, in your live performances, adds to your performance?

6. Do you use any midi controllers or interfaces live? Yes/No if so what?

7. Does if restrict you in anyway? How?

8. What would make it easier to use your computer in a live environment?

9. How do you think the live music scene will change with more and more people using a computer for live performance?

10. Do you think it is better for live music or worse? Better/worse circle Why?

11. How do you think the audiences will react to more computer-aided performances? Better/worse circle Why?

12. How do you think this will affect performers not using a computer?

Thanks very much for taking the time to fill in my questionnaire,

Kalim Nixon

Re: live production

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:41 pm
by nebulae
1. Yes - To create audio soundscapes within which people lose themselves.

2. Yes - Because using computers as musical instruments is the future, and the future is now.

3. PC - I'm way too cheap a bastard to pay for a Mac.

4. Ableton Live 5.

5. I can read my email while performing, and no one is the wiser.

6. Yes - Edirol PCR-30. The women in the audience like the knobs and sliders. If they're nice looking, I let them touch my controller.

7. Yes - I sometimes try to go to the next email I'm ready, and I inadvertantly launch a new scene. Doh!

8. Using computers in a live environment allows for possibilities you couldn't dream of 5 years ago.

9. Live music will break even more ground as we get away from the traditional "band" with "instruments" mentality. New soundscapes will be created.

10. Better, way better.

11. If the audience is educated and appreciates the artists's ability to multitask (read emails while perform music) then it'll be very very cool indeed.

12. Well, there's always Vegas...

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:10 am
by MrYellow
1. Yes. Bass Guitar/Vox effects, MIDI Bass synth, Drum trigger sampler, PAD synth, MIDI sequencer, Audio sequencer.

2. Yes

3. 2x PC rack mount

4. Live, Reaktor, Forte, some Reason (for breakbeats)

5. Less band members, more sonic variation.

6. Yes. Keyboard, knob box, footswiches, MIDI Bass/Guitar, Piezo drum
triggers (finger drums)

7. Takes ages to figure out how to use things in a user-friendly and robust way.

8. Mind control :-)

9. Will always be bands, DJs, etc. Turntables in metal bands hasn't
changed anything, don't expect computers to change anything. Synths in
jazz bands did change the mobility of jazz tho.... but many of the pioneer
jazz fusion bands didn't have keyboard players anyway.

10. Same as always

11. Press-play idiots can give others a stigma.... Idiots will worship ppl that
do nothing, idiots will worship ppl that can't play, ppl will worship ppl that do
everything, ppl will worship ppl that can play.... Overall nothing changes.

12. They'll attract ppl that don't like sequencers, while others will just listen
to whatever they do like without caring how it's made.

I don't really think it's that big a deal, it's not a revolution like the piano
accordian. On some levels but it doesn't change the worlds idea of what a
major scale is or anything.