|Orbital has long been one of the cornerstones of British Dance Music. Film festival favorites, their spectacular live show appeals to indie-kids just as much as club-goers.
The heart of Orbital's live setup used to be the Alesis MMT8 hardware MIDI sequencer. For 2009's comeback tour, they've abandoned these in favor of a Jazzmutant Lemur and Ableton Live setup.
"I think it's a lot more open to what I want to do rather than what an MMT8 is limited to do. It's far more visual, I love the fact that I can color things and label things." Paul Hartnoll, Orbital.
Read the full interview or visit Orbital's official site.
|In each newsletter we will highlight an upcoming hero in the music/visual world. These people aren't superstars yet, but we think they're well on the way! This month the spotlight shines on Bryant Place.
Bryant has been making a name for himself as visual artist, CPU. He represents himself as a VJ at LA's notorious Droid Behavior parties and has provided visuals for names as large as the Black Eyed Peas.
However, his field of work is much broader than this. He has carved a niche for himself as an audio programmer/visualist and, in his own words, "develops highly specialized workflow-enhancing audio systems".
The Jazzmutant Lemur has a core role to play in all this. Read the full interview or visit Bryant's official site.
|This amazing Lemur template was programmed by Andreas Wetterberg for use by Richie Hawtin in his recent Contakt tour, celebrating 10 years of Minus. It is a pair of step sequencers set up to drive D16's excellent software emulations of Roland's classic TR808 and TR909 drum machine (Nephaton and Drumazon, respectively). The template allows Richie to program drum rhythms completely live, over the top of loops and tracks triggered by himself and the rest of the Minus crew.
Now you can download and use it for free!
The template also allows complete configuration of MIDI note numbers, so you can adapt it to use with your drum machine plugins of choice.
Click here to download the Richie Hawtin template.