24 January 2015

new live program on the way

 I´m on the way to build up some new tracks for an hour live performance.
Will be performed only with the Kaoss-Twins.

As a short preview  here is one of  the tracks from the new show.  Recorded live with Kaossilator 3 pro+ and KaosPad 3 pro+.



27 December 2014

in search of the final live setup - part 8

Reduce to the max.
I fell in love with the Korg Kaossilator 3 pro+ and a Kaosspad 3 pro+.
Perfect twins for live playing. But also for some serious tracks. "Post mortem" was done with this two boxes. Nothing else.

After some practising I made the decison that this couple would fit best for the October Ambiosonics live session.  That session was dedicated to Spheric Lounge, an ambient project in Munic from where Ambiosonics stems from.

For the most time I went with the flow of the improvised music. You can listen to that on Soundcloud: Spheric Lounge Session 109.

But then I´ve  liked to add some beat to the meditative musical stream. I choosed a very percussive bass preset (as  in "Post mortem") and played it by hand/finger. The opening seqence of this video shows me playing the bass on my minimalistic Kaoss twin setup.


Beats and percussions are against the rules of Spheric Lounge ambient sessions. The other musicians- long term Spheric Lounge members -  hated me for the disturbance. As a result the track was not included into the Soundcloud collection of this impressive night.

It was recorded but never released. But here it is...


Good music, nice singing of Isabelle Künstler. And I broke the rules. Sorry for that.

14 August 2014

in search for the final live setup - part 7

Where do I play live? At the moment with Ambiosonics once a month in Munich.
I´m travelling by train from Vilshofen to Munich.
So my setup has to fit in a Thomann Producer back pack.

1) My fist setup was composed of a Flame echometer and  a Zoom streetbox. I´ve used a Zoom RFX 300 tabletop effectbox as a mixer. This was also my first appearence with Ambiosonics. I delivered mainly drumpattern to the mix. Listen to the tracks of Session 51

2) My second setup was Flame Six-in-a-row, Yamaha DX200, Alesis Metavox and the Zoom RFX 300 as mixer, wich didn´t work. Anyhow Session 52 was one of the greatest events.

3) Beside Ambiosonics, I´ve joined Sphericlounge for Session 107 with Echometer, Yamaha TG33, Jomox T-Resonator und a new Mackie Mixer. The Resonator spoiled the show. It is very uncontrollable and distorted the mix.

4) On Ambiosonics Session 55 I´ve used my smallest setup. Alesis Nanosynth, Six-in-a-Row, Eowave Filterbug, Alesis Ineko. A very nice session. Best parts where released on CD  "Around the Corner"!

5) On Session 57 just Florian Anwander and I played the night. For the first time, I´ve used a Yamaha AN200. The drumtracks of the Yamaha where controlled by the Echometer. Effects where Alesis Ineko and Alesis Bitrman. And a little Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer. Verxy nice set.

6) Session 58 was the AN 200 again. Now with two Alesis Inekos. The Xenix 502 did a good job.

7) There will be a festival in Munich on the 16th of August. I´ve decided to play with the AN200 and the KaossPad. And the little mixer. Try to use a microphone with the KaossPad.

Have a look:

in search for the final setup - part 3

Susanoon Synth - Picogenerator -  Korg Kaoss Pad

Susanoon Synth is a small analog synht box with an 8 step sequencer. It delivers the pulse for the picogenerator and some short melody. The pico is triggered by the Susanoon Synth and plays its own song which runs into the Kaospad, that adds granular dirt...

Listen to the sounds;


13 August 2014

Triwave Picogenerator

New kid on the block. Picogenerator. Highly discussed noise box. Some are underwhelmed by the Triwave machine. I think, it´s a great tool. Very subtle. A drone, a synth, an effect box for guitar or anything else. Can be triggered by a drummachine, by a modular via CV.
Will incorporate it in a live environment. .

22 June 2014

Microsound experiments with a drum machine

My learning form the Heart of noise festival in Innsbruck was that with a drum machine you couldt do a good noise show. No need to use a Laptop.
Used my Yamaha RX5 to figure that out.

 First I delved into the realm of microsound composition. Best introduction was the book of Curtis Roads, Microsound http://books.google.de/books/about/Microsound.html?id=YxnqcAR7xjkC&redir_esc=y

Very inspiring in case of microsounds and drummachines was a text by Pere Villez: http://perevillez.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/particle-composition-the-wavehole-and-the-xenakis-screens/

The RX5 is perfect for that kind of noise and microsound composition. Here is an example. Lots of reminders of Ikeda sound

The door is open. Will go on experimenting

Heart of Noise Festival, Innsbruck

Three perfect days in Innsbruck. Lots of noise, good learning

most important for me: Ryoji Ikeda

All in all: Innsbruck was a very bodily experience. Loud!!. Playing this music makes it necessary to practise with a monster PA. Access to such a PA is crucial to become part of this community.
Almost all artists where using laptops on stage.
I was trying to figure out, which instruments could work best for this kind of noise heard in Innsbruck:
its a drum machine. The whole Ideka stuff could be reproduced with a drum machine.
So I started to experiment with my RX5....