Here’s me playing live with a C64 and a delay pedal, with live video processing by Zden. It happened at Demobit in Bratislava where I was supposed to be in person but “due to circumstances” was unable to attend. So I streamed the video/sound, which partly explains the dodgy quality.
The performance was made without any preparations. I start an empty tracker and make the instruments and all the music on the fly.
Enjoy some more proper documentation of robot music. First out is Dr.Step (from Floptrik) that was performed at Algomech last year (second video). Afrikstep was also performed there, but hasn’t been properly released yet. The fourth video is a more chilled clip from our first sessions with the robot at Illutron in the summer of 2017.
Video of my performance with the robot at Truckstop Alaska last night. You can see how the robot plays the C64 as a piano using Cynthcart, and it also composed its own melodies in defMON.
Filmed by Måns Almered.
The robot played two long laid back sets at Internetdagarna, while people mingled in the internet evening. The robot remixed a bunch of my songs live by typing on a Commodore 64 and adding reverbs and delays with a Kaoss Pad. Meanwhile me and Jacob sat on a table next to it and talked about what we should do.
There was something quite surreal about seeing hundreds of people listening to a robot transforming your music into the unknown cosmos…
So, we recorded it and here’s three hours of it. Mind the gaps between songs, that’s for the robot to load the next song.
In this blog post I linked to the live jam I did at Soundpond in Adelaide a while ago. I arrived really late and completely unprepaired, but I think it turned out alright anyway. I used three songs as the base (Ponky Super Dub Edit, Linkan, Oso) and re-arranged them live and programmed new bits on the fly.
I borrowed Tim Koch‘s SX-64 and his effect pedal so I had a nice setup to play with. Sorry for shocking the drum n’ bass heads listening to Soundpond before I got on hehe.
But now this recording is not available anymore.
Last weekend at the Europe in 8 Bits Festival, I’m performed a cover of X-Ta Si, X-Ta No, originally made by Chimo Bayo in 1991. Just as the bakalao music genre exploded in the south of Spain with the Ruta Destroy.
This isn’t the first time I cover the song. I performed another version of it in Barcelona a few years ago. But now it’s in the original barrio de bakalaoz. Arriba!
Even better, I went to a bakalao party the day before this gig to get into the spirit. Great to hear some of the earlier more EBM-ish 80’s bakalao.
(Yeah so I performed with my brand new setup: C64 and Amiga600)
The last 2 minutes of my live improvisation at the party at 3:e Våningen after the FARM-workshop. It was all about live coding, and there were some pretty amazing performances there. Alex McLean and his algorave did not disappoint, for example.
I actually co-organized this event with Palle Dahlstedt and really happy about how it turned out. Live coding is pretty much next level human-computer music to me.