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Re: Mirrorball by Elbow - 16 stereo tracks of Mobius live-looping


> On Jan 1, 2020, at 8:46 AM, Simeon Harris 
> <simeonharris40@googlemail.com> wrote:
> amazing stuff, dude!
>> On 1 Jan 2020, at 16:37, The Wandering Madman 
>> <thewanderingmadman@gmail.com> wrote:
>> tldr: If time is short then just be sure to watch the video, happy new 
>> year! All audio / video recorded live, no post production of any kind. 
>> 16 stereo looping tracks via Mobius & 6 webcams auto-switching enabled 
>> by VDMX.
>> Live Looping - Mirrorball by Elbow / The Wandering Madman
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1_I1Rhhojo
>> So I would imagine this day 1/1/2020 represents something special to 
>> everyone, but in my mind I always looked forward to what the musical 
>> landscape would be like and hoped live-looping would reside at the 
>> forefront. I enjoy the honesty & accomplishment & technical wizardry 
>> necessary to make this type of music possible and for those of you who 
>> don’t know me, I’ve spent about 12 years (8 of which living in a box 
>> truck) trying to build this ridiculous ultimate live-looping rig that 
>> could implement a larger computer and seemingly endless musical 
>> possibilities & plugins. My rig has now grown to a 10core i9 self-built 
>> hackintosh running Mojave & utilizing 16 stereo looping tracks of 
>> Mobius as well as MainStage for my DAW / tone management. 
>> What you see in this video is accomplished using some customized 
>> techniques / scripts that allow me to use the same MIDI foot button 
>> over & over & over again, all while executing an entirely new set of 
>> commands each time I push the button. There are typically 30-40 button 
>> presses per song and the timing is somewhat precise but becomes second 
>> nature after a few hundred attempts. This technique eliminates all the 
>> fancy footwork & also allows me to accomplish 10 or 20 different 
>> actions all at once with a single button press. These actions include 
>> engaging track records, overdubs, volume, mutes, pan, reverse, loop 
>> switching, tone changing, syncing external hardware patches, etc…. I 
>> can even make individual LED lights change color & brightness on my 
>> piano to help me remember what octave I need to play the particular 
>> synth part in. MIDI IS AWESOME!! I can set these triggers to happen 
>> immediately upon pressing the button or on the next downbeat, as all my 
>> songs are typically the same tempo start to finish and I play along to 
>> a metronome in my headphones, so there is a useful grid of sorts. The 
>> collection of all these commands exists as a simple, single text 
>> document which Mobius reads & runs throughout the song and for example 
>> this song Mirrorball has 35 button presses, contains 1773 lines of code 
>> and utilizes 22,451 characters in the script. 
>> There are no pre-recorded tracks whatsoever, I always start with an 
>> empty canvas and I’m anxious to release another video showing everyone 
>> the Mobius UI, which will explain how all this stuff happens in real 
>> time. All of my live-looping music seems more like a 
>> live-orchestration, so for me there is not much improv but that doesn’t 
>> mean this methodology couldn’t help other people/musicians accomplish 
>> different things with it. In my looping style it certainly feels like a 
>> Formula1 or dirt-rally race car driver who is aiming for a perfect run 
>> on the course, building the songs turn by turn, layer by layer;  and 
>> many times I crash into the wall!!! It gets quite tricky and I have a 
>> few visual systems that help me stay on course if I need to remember 
>> what particular action comes next in the song.
>> I really wanted to share this inside-info to loopers-delight before any 
>> other platform as I truly enjoyed this email list back when I first 
>> fell into the rabbit hole of live-looping. I appreciate all the info 
>> you guys provided and I hope everyone is doing well. Please enjoy the 
>> new year and I will be releasing a few more videos over the next month. 
>> Any assistance you can lend in getting this music heard is much 
>> appreciated. Special thanks to Mobius & MainStage developers for really 
>> making this all possible.
>> —The Wandering Madman