I thought this first set sounded nice from The Market Place Restaurant
4/3/14 and I wanted to share because it has been a while since I have posted a live show and many people have requested I record a new one. These are all original tunes and remixes. There are no overdubs and no edits here, just raw live improvised and synchronized trumpet/keys, melodica, looping, effecting, chopping, and dubbing using ableton live. Enjoy! I'm there every Thursday night if you are in Asheville and would like to hear some unique live music.
I thought this first set sounded nice from The Market Place Restaurant
I am very much looking forward to traveling to LA this weekend to participate in this special Ableton Live master class and official Push release party! Big thanks to my friend Laura Escudé for making it happen. If you are in LA and looking to "Push" the envelope of sonic possibilities with technology, this 2 day event is not to be missed!
Electronic Creatives & Center For the Arts Eagle Rock Present:
Ableton Live Master Class
March 9 & 10, 2013 11AM - 4PM
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041
$99 for each day until February 22, 2013
$110 for each day February 22 - March 1, 2013
$125 for each day after March 1, 2013
Laura Escudé (Ableton Certified Trainer, Electronic Creatives)—Using Live 9 Features for Production—Remixing M83 & Polica
Sweatson Klank aka Take (Project Mooncircle, Dublab, Alpha Pup)—Reverse Engineering Techniques from the Upcoming Album “You, Me, Temporary”
Ben Hovey (Bob Moog Foundation)—From the Studio to the Stage, Live Set Workflow— Interfacing iOS apps with Ableton Live
Virtual Boy (Alpha Pup Records, TeamSupreme)—Songwriting & Arranging Techniques—Mastering the Mix
Djemba Djemba (Mad Decent, TeamSupreme, Rabbit Records)—Sound Design With Ableton Live Instruments—Layering to Create Unique Sounds
Mike Parvizi (Penthouse Penthouse, TeamSupreme)—Microdetailing Samples
5-11pm Electronic Creatives Re-Launch Party and Official Ableton PUSH Party
AlluxeHenry StrangePenthouse PenthouseFuzzDjemba DjembaBen HoveySide Brain & Paul Dateh
Bob Moog's spirit is what brought me to Asheville. Although I never met him, I feel a strong connection to his brilliant, humble spirit through his amazing inventions. The invention closest to me first was the Moog Rogue I have had since 1998.
When I first got it, I thought it was broken. I had no idea how to summon sound out of it, let alone what all the sliders, knobs, and switches did. Through experimentation, a little luck, and the beautifully intuitive, simple, yet deep musicality of a moog synth, this was a fun and sonically liberating experience. From first using a sine wave to make vibrato, to the live manipulation of wild filter sweeps and oscillator sync on a massive bass patch that would project like a sonic tsunami out of a club's subwoofers, this was a true love affair. When he passed, I felt as though I lost a close family member. Today, on his would be 78th birthday, we celebrate his legacy to the world of electronic music.
Through working @ Moog Music Inc. for a couple years, I built over 1600 Little Phatty synths and a lot of moogerfoogers and theremins. I learned more about modulation, soldering, and electronics, made strong friendships through the common love for Bob, and in doing so, learned more about his life. I have recently had the honor to help with the Bob Moog Foundation by doing several performances/demonstrations with August Worley for Dr. Bob's SoundSchool about the physics of sound. To see the kids of all ages magically connect with music, synths, and science, affirms that Bob's spirit is well nurtured through the BMF. Thank you Bob Moog for giving us truly infinite sonic territory to explore. Happy Birthday Bob, I'll see you in the modulating waveform of space/time.
Google shares the love worldwide as the "Goog"le doodle of the day on their homepage is a playable moog virtual synth with four-track recorder that everyone seems to be getting a kick out of.
This post on reddit is up to 2610 upvotes: Everyone On Google Today
From Mashable - Google’s Moog Doodle: The Inside Story
This guy prefers the oldskool approach
Ah, April Fools Day. The internets were unsafe from untruths, and many musical colleagues joked about quitting music altogether. I took the opposite approach and finished a cd to sell starting last night after many, many years of procrastination. I think a good portion of holding back was a sort of subconsciously triggered hoarding of my music. So yesterday, on the day of "Le Mat/The Fool" I chose to reflect on the symbolic meanings of this iconic archetype from the tarot (another passion of mine and great psychological tool).
The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. As his number is 0, he has no beginning and no end, and therefore represents the original boundless energy, fundamental creative urge, and liberation. I have finally overcome the fear of putting my own music out there for others to hear and this is a huge step. At 0 you have nothing to lose, so there is no need to hold on to the past. I choose to clear it out and make room for more adventure (Bali, here we come)! Last night at Hotel Indigo, when I sold out of my cd's, I was flooded with intense joy and gratitude. Gratidude for the supportive fans of my music, and especially for Julie, my muse. Her strong patient support helped me so much to make my subconscious blockages conscious and not back down when my defense mechanisms would rear their ugly head.
I will close this post with a quote from the brilliant Alejandro Jodorowsy's "Way of the Tarot", a channeling of the archetype of The Fool speaking to him from his dream state.
"Did you know that transformation of consciousness is possible at any moment, that you can suddenly change the perception you have of yourself? People sometimes imagine that taking action means triumphing over the Other. What a mistake! If you wish to act in the world, you must explode that perception of the ego that has been imposed and embedded since childhood, and which refuses to change. Expand your boundaries endlessly and without cease. Go into a trance. Let yourself be possessed by a more powerful mind than your own, an impersonal energy. It is not a question of losing consciousness but of allowing the original sacred madness, already within you to speak."
Here is a fantastic article that came out today in the Mountain X. It's great to be in the creatively supportive town of Asheville, NC. I'm very grateful. The picture they chose below is from Projek Moog at moogfest 2010.
With Hotel Indigo as the venue, and “sound scientist” as the description, I had no idea what to expect from Ben Hovey’s Friday night performance. (The last time I saw any live music in a hotel, it was Kenny G- style saxophone karaoke, and it was terrible.)
Walking into the Hotel Indigo lobby, the music washed over me: A perfect addition to the nouveau-hip ambiance of the hotel. Rounding the corner, I could see Hovey seated at a table with a keyboard to his right, an open MacBook in front of him, and two midi controller boards to the left of the lap top. On the floor, another foot controlled loop machine sat next to his melodica, trumpet and flugelhorn.
There was a catchy beat grooving in the background as he picked up his trumpet and played a melody over that. With a subtle foot movement, he looped that melody line and played a harmony on top of it. With a second loop and a third harmony line in place, he let that roll and then improvised a trumpet part over the whole thing for several minutes.
Hovey’s music is hard to describe. He’s part DJ and part sound-scapist. He paints layers of sound from jazz, electronica, Middle-Eastern, bossa nova and hip-hop beats. During his performance, the layers stacked on top of each other and intertwined until there was a big, general groove. Once that had built up to its climax, it got to a point where I could almost ignore it. It just became part of what was happening, a lovely complement to the environment. Then, like a needle scratching across a record mid-song, it stopped, and something completely different-sounding started up in its wake. This element was perfect because it prevented the listener from being complacent. I almost had to look up at Hovey as he switched gears, to see what was up next.
During his set break, Hovey described his all-original music as live electronica and dub-style house. He creates 8-track arrangements on his laptop using Ableton Software ahead of the gig. He then uses the midi controllers to rearrange on the fly, and basically DJs himself, adding live performances on the trumpet, keys, melodica and flugelhorn. The end result reminded me of some of the cuts off Moby’s 1999 release, Play, as well as some of String Cheese Incident’s live trance jams with Kyle Hollingsworth on keys.
Hovey is clearly much more than a computer music guy or a DJ. He’s an excellent musician, as evidenced by the skill with which he played the trumpet and then matched what he was playing, note for note, with his other hand on the keyboard, splitting into harmonies, all live. His musicianship is also evidenced by the long list of bands with which he plays including The Secret B-sides, The Booty Band, Agent 23, Aaron “Woody” Wood and more.
Watch videos of what he does on his website: benhovey.com and catch his solo performances almost every weekend in town at Marketplace Restaurant on Fridays, and at the Hotel Indigo bar on Saturdays and Sundays.