This was one of my favorite lessons – part of the joy of doing this series is hearing the machinations of people’s approaches and this was a really clarifying point. Especially thinking about the balance of playing through a clocked/structured Ableton Live set while keeping it malleable. Being able to “fuck it up” in the interest of keeping things fun for you as a performer, but not totally destroying the safety of loop and trigger points. Like Nick said, enjoying the freedom of messing with the wet paint but knowing that the picture is still going to take form.
Though I cut it from the final episode, Block Party was a pretty large topic of discussion. A lot of fanboy-ing, but we discussed ways we had been incorporating it into our sets. I’ve really loved running alongside Live – not in ReWire or anything, just pulling in audio from my interface so I could introduce unsynced elements into what happens out of Live. It’s been a ton of fun and I know it was something Nick was going to try with Chris Rosenau at Eaux Claires. Excited to hear more developments on that, @madeofoak!