Can you read the labels on the knobs and switches? Neither can I. Point being that you can never count on a particular light condition at a show.
Memorize the function and workflow of you instruments in near dark conditions where you can't read labels. This will prepare you for anything.
It's also a good idea to test you rig in bright sunlight. Better to find out you can't see anything at rehearsal than at a gig. Then come up with work arounds to remedy the situation.
Back in the day I gigged with an Ensoniq ESQ-1. I remember I was going to perform at an outdoor show. I couldn't see anything when I tested in bright sunlight. I built a little sun shield out of cardboard and black electrical tape.
I've seen a lot of Rick Wakeman videos on the YouTubes, but this one is pretty damn fantastic. It's a solo Performance Live At Montreux 2003 while touring with Yes - https://youtu.be/cx5ovZVGcd0. He looks pretty exhausted by the end of this blistering 5 minute plus performance. Fantastic!
Synthtopia was in the house and got some fantastic photos of my set. I performed using Ableton Live with tons of virtual instruments I played using Ableton Push, keys (Nord Lead 4), Tenori-On, and Percussa Audio Cubes. on the center screen were my visuals which are created on the fly with live camera input and real-time FX (Live acts as my controller hub for this). I was honored that vent founder Chris Blarsky run a second set of visuals on the outside screens during my set.
If you live in the Denver/Boulder area come by the Denver Synth Meet. This is a brand new event so come by and show your support and geek out. Details below and at http://www.denversynth.com.
The Boulder Synthesizer Meetup will be hosting a table at the event so come by and say hi.
FYI I’ll be performing my full-on alien invasion controllerism show. I’ll not only be running my visuals, but Denver Synth Founder Chris Blarsky will be join in with a second set of visuals projected on to balloons. It should be crazy. I go on just after 7:30 pm.
Here some photos from past shows to give you a sense for what you’ll see.
One of the bits of hardware that keep showing up around me are the Percussa Audio Cubes. I would keep on running into Percussa's owner, Bert Schiettecatte, at trade shows, would run into users in different places, and even found out that my friends (see Mark Mosher...) are seriously into them. So when Mark opened the door for me to chat with Bert, I rushed in!
Bert's story is a somewhat common one - a guy with a vision of a product that works hard to make it happen. But when you start talking about all the different things that he had to learn - and master - for this implementation to succeed, it seems like an impossible task. So how does one person make the impossible happen? That's what we talk about.
I hope you enjoy this one - it is very revealing, but also points to one of the most innovative products out there. Enjoy the podcast, and check out the cubes!
In a related note, I’m still using the hell out of AudioCubes in my controllerism rig and with the 9 Box interactive social musical instrument. As was mentioned in this interview, I’m also expanding my use to create virtual patch cables for U-HE ACE (videos coming soon), and using the wireless AudioCubes to play pieces in Concrete Mixer performances.
Below are some videos of the AudioCubes in Action.