Tag Archives: live

The Gloves Are Off.



Wow. It was a hell of a week. And what’s this? A rare written post?

Read more ...

The Gloves Are On: Live in Coventry – 28th January 2015

So this is *very* exciting. The only Midlands date of the tour, hoping to see some friends and fam there.

Tickets are £6 advance, £8 OTD. Book online HERE!

Telecaster + Ableton Live + MiMu Gloves = Yeah!

Okay, this is very early days… Here’s an idea of how the guitar solo in That You’ll Never Know might sound nowadays.

All the effects are within Ableton Live. The chain is Amp/Cabinet/Glue Compressor/Reverb/Beat Repeat/Auto Filter.

The rolling of my wrist is adjusting the Interval in Beat Repeat, which varies how often the glitches happen. A tight outward roll gives 64th Autechre style ‘zaps’ – flipping my hand the other way will have it freak in big quarter note chunks, plus anything in between.

Moving my hand up and down in the vertical axis sweeps the filter; pointing down does nothing, pointing to the ceiling is an aggressive Low Pass.

My glove posture takes my holding the plectrum into account. There’s a fingerpicking section before this; the effects are bypassed until I grab my pick.

It’s fun to play, of course. Personally, I love how it sounds like my Telecaster has crashed… 😉

Me + Jess + Ableton Live = Yeah!

My other partner in crime when I’m not working with Lee is of course the wonderfully talented Jess Sutherland. We make a lot of music together, as I’m sure you know…

A while ago Jess showed me a little video of a group called a:squared performing with Ableton Live. It got us both intrigued about the possibilities it offers.

Now that I’m officially an Ableton artist (long story *still* to come) we’ve finally got our hands on the tools to start playing live with Live. This is our first bit of something; a jam through Peggy Lee’s Fever. As you can hear, even our first attempt is a gear change from acoustic guitar and vocals.

Jess is on vocals and percussion live looping, I’m playing piano and beats, and it sounds like this:

Ableton Live 101: Beat Repeat

So, I’m pretty new to Ableton Live. I’m going to be using it almost exclusively this year (another long story coming soon), so doing a lot of homework.

If you know Live, you’ll probably know an effect called Beat Repeat. Here’s a little thing of me using it to glitch the hell out of a simple DM1 drum loop. The beat never changes; any changes in sound are the effect which I’m manipulating live using the excellent TouchAble iPad interface.

Again, just a sound test; two minutes of improvisational tweaking. I’m guessing this is quite Route One if you’re a seasoned Ableton Live user, but I’ve still got a lot to learn… 😉


%d bloggers like this: