Tag Archives: Ableton

An interview with Electronic Music Wales

Hari from Electronic Music Wales was kind enough to invite me to do an interview for their site.
You can read our chat here – EMW

Covering topics – cheating in music, live electronic improvisation, stealing culture and field recordings, what it’s like to release through a label, studying music in the University of Wales, Newport, and other bits and bobs.

 

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Image: Zoltan Nagy

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A Very New Everything, Kayla Painter. (2013, Bit-Phalanx)

This is my second official release.
It is now out in the world ready for your ears!

Track listing:

Intro

Rising
Phoenix
Buried
Metemepsychosis
Ashes

bonus track

Equipment:

Ableton Live 8,
Logic Pro 9,
Native Instruments Komplete 7 (software),

2 x KRK Rokit 6,
iMac,
SM58,

DT100 headphones

Komplete Audio 6 sound card,
glockenspiel, hand claps, vocal/glottal noises, & other found sounds

Kayla - Studio

photo: Annik Media

Hard copies can be ordered from me through any of the social network sites by just dropping a message across. – or see me at a show.

Digital copies, Itunes/amazon/the usual

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ableton live – in the studio

I’ve recently been working in the studio with Ableton, for composition.
This is completely new to me, as I have only previously used Ableton for Live sets.
Here’s something I was messing around with this afternoon.

- It might be worth mentioning I have been listening to some more experimental stuff lately, retracing my university learning, Jacob Kirkeegard, Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, the usual suspects.

and here’s what it looks like

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Jacob Kirkegaard

4 rooms

Steve Reich 

pendulum

 

Alvin Lucier

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New Release, coming soon.

I have just sent off my first track to be mastered today, whilst i’m adding the finishing touches to one of the other tracks.

The new EP is more exciting, current, and fresh (for me) than my last one ever was.  Kayla Painter (2012), seemed like an experiment to me, to see if I could finish some songs, run a launch night, and get my stuff on Spotify.  This project feels very different, it feels like I am releasing something because I have a group of songs that really want to be heard and remixed and enjoyed! Since my last release I have been gradually building a home studio, and I’m now the lucky owner of some grand equipment.

My new home studio set up consists of
KRK Rokit 6 active monitors
iMac
LG monitor
Shure SM58
NI Komplete Audio 6 (soundcard)
DT100 beyerdynamic
EWQL orchestra
Logic Pro 9
Ableton Live 8
NI Komplete 7 (instruments & effects)

It has certainly been an interesting 8 month project, and I’m really excited to push it forward to your ears.  I’d say theres plenty of influence from my favourite musicians, but even more so, Burial, Nicolas Jaar, Steve Reich and Will Wiesenfeld.

A Very New Everything (2013) – Kayla Painter – release date tbc.
sneak peak

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Next Gig – 16.02.2012

My next show will be in Newport’s venue Meze Lounge.

This is going to be an evening of experimental delights.  The night is going to be hosted by Newport University’s Creative Sound and Music students.  Being a graduate from this course myself I’ll get to see how the current students are pushing the boundaries of formulaic music, exploring sound, performance techniques, composition approaches, or any other variable you can think up.

I have played a Salon night before, last time I played it was held in Cardiff Arts Institute

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Cardiff Arts Institute – February 2011 – Photography Nic Finch

The set up I will be using at Meze Lounge, Newport 16.02.2012

I was very kindly donated the APC40, and have enjoyed getting to know it.
The APC40 is a control surface designed to work with Ableton Live, the program I use to create my live sets.  Its very easy to map keys on the device to effect variables with just a few clicks.  This bit of kit enables some really exciting experimentation with effects, looping and chopping up clips.  Something which I love about Ableton is the ability to switch between aspects of one track and another with everything sounding smooth and professional.  This is down to Ableton Live being a piece of software that snaps everything to a tempo you set it to.  Of course you can alter this as well, if you wanted to have the tempo jumping all over the place you could.  The beauty of things staying in time is the freedom you get to mash up your own tracks, which when doing live gives you a chance to be really creative and compose a new song out of your existing songs.  This is a very rewarding process for me, and it means the audience get a unique version every time you play live.  I have probably only just scratched the surface of possibilities with these two things.  But I am always exploring and accidentally stumbling upon new things you can do.

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