August 10, 2004

Live x 3

Saw the remastered cut of The Who live at the Isle Of Wight (from 1970) at a special showing last night. Boom boom. The DVD version shipped today, it's already on its way to my house.

Been playing around with the demo of Ableton Live4 to see if I want to buy it. While it's main attraction is the ability to use it for live performance (ie, using the software as an instrument in its own right...think DJ'ing), it has a lot of interest to me as an improvisational and creative tool. It allows you to compose "scenes" of clips together, which can easily be used to prototype (if you will) verse, chorus, bridge, solo, etc. It's definately thinking outside the box. Add that to all the normal DAW software features and you've got a real winner. It may just get my money.

I've also been very pleased at its ability to to send MIDI notes and command signals to Reason via Rewire. The result is I can have all the MIDI and control within Live, driving every aspect of Reason. No switching back and forth between apps to rearrange sections or change MIDI arrangements. It falls just short of my nirvana, which is routing audio signals directly into Reason for processing in the rack instead of just MIDI, but I think I can get pretty close.

In my own upcoming live performance news, I'm playing bass and a friend's wedding Saturday night. Should be fun. Low pressure. Hopefully there won't be videotape to haunt me 30 years from now.

Posted by pinkerton at August 10, 2004 10:22 PM