Category Archives: Performing

Isadora Experiments – Triggering and manipulating audio from live video

Recently I’ve had the chance to experiment with Isadora by Troikatronix in using live video to trigger and manipulate audio for use in performing arts performance for triggering multiple sounds from multiple cameras. The intenton is to either use dancers or simply members of the public in the exhibition to trigger audio from their movements.

Isadora Audio Trigger From Stream Patch

Isadora Audio Trigger From Stream Patch

The following patch you can see takes use of several “actors” available in Isadora to route a single camera signal (video in watcher) and analyse it (eyes).

Isadora Audio Trigger From Stream Patch Part 1

Isadora Audio Trigger From Stream Patch Part 1

Of the many parameters you can watch using eyes the main ones I’ve used include “hit column” and “hit row” for simply tracking a the main object of any given frame of live streamed video. Corelating these to a grid gives a numbered intersection I’ve been able to use to trigger other sounds.

However smoothening this every changing series of digits is essential as to not give off hug he fluctuations in values and subsequently triggered audio.

Isadora Audio Trigger From Stream Patch Part 2

Isadora Audio Trigger From Stream Patch Part 2

Passing after this section the final state involves setting several “inside range” actors to watch for separate bandwidths of values at different ranges. Thus enabling me to trigger sounds for objects generally high. low, left or right of live streamed shot. This passes each of these ranges through to separate audio file triggers which are enabled when the value reaches that between the values set by the actor “inside range”.

Isadora Audio Trigger From Stream Patch Part 3

Isadora Audio Trigger From Stream Patch Part 3

Further exploration of manipulation can be seen with using “obj size” in eyes to manipulate the volume of the triggered sounds via the size of the object tracked on screen. Like wise the objects vertical position has been used to govern the speed at which the triggered audio is played.

All in all this has led to some very experimental soundscapes to be utilised live during a performing arts event here in Birmingham. See below for a video of one of the first experiments in using an in built webcam to provide the streaming video content to trigger the samples. More developments soon!

Work on new material begins: Fall Walk Run

Been busy this easter with the recording of new material for Fall Walk Run with Stuart Eaves. Check it out on the new Fall Walk Run blog!

Acoustic guitar recording mic’s SE2200a and AKG C1000s for better transient response due to smaller diaphragm. Perfect for acoustic guitars and percussion.

Fall Walk Run

After a year, we’ve finally got back to recording some new material. We’re not too sure whether it’s going to go towards an album or EP, we’re just going to take it a song at a time. Here are a few photos showing today’s progress! We’ll be blogging the whole recording process over the next coming weeks and months.

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Christmas shows

Its been a busy Christmas period music wise. I’ve been privileged enough to do the live sound for BOA’s Christmas music concert held in their lovely new theatre.

The full show included use of:

Roland FP7s digital piano (DI),

acoustic guitars (2 x Shure SM57s and DI),

electric guitars (2 x Shure SM57s)

and vocals (5 x Shure SM58s)

2 x Kustom KPC12M 12″ Monitor Speaker Cabinets

2 x Roland Cube 20-XLs

A total of over 30 seperate performances with various performers in different combinations made an extensive sound check essential. As you can see however using the Soundcraft LX7 allowed an ample amount of channels to make it happen and allow foldback monitoring using 2 of the 6 auxilary sends.

Routing CD, ipod and laptop backing tracks through the Tascam CD200i’s auxiliary insert allowed each of these unbalanced sources to appear as two mono channels on the LX7. A stereo dbx 231s was used to control monitor mix feedback frequencies obtained by a brief ringing out of the fold back system.

I’m glad to say the evening went off without a hitch. Please see the pictures and bring on the next live challenge!

P.s. Performed again with Lauren Wright this time at the River Rooms in Stourbridge! More gigs soon.

Univibe studios – Drum recording – Bass recording

Thought I’d upload a few pictures of what I did for my birthday this year.

Recording session at Univibe studios for drums for Lauren Wright’s upcoming album. What a lovely studio right next to PMT music on Birmingham’s Eastside, a real gem with a vintage DDA AMR24 inline mixing desk routed into Pro Tools HD.

My particular favourite mic was the sub kick mic for the extra LF in the kick drum (I think it was similar to a Yamaha SKRM100).

Back recording bass and guitars at home in logic with plans to mix large amounts in Pro Tools 10 when it arrives. I’m recording my bass parts DI into Logic and use amplitube amplifier modelling to get an effective sound. Lots of comping here, have a look at the screenshots in the slideshow and a listen to the rough drums and bass sample below.

Lauren Wright album coming soon, stay tuned for more info!

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Lauren Wright – Kiss Me – Video release

Further to release of Lauren Wright’s single “Kiss Me” on iTunes the music video for single has now been released!

Check it out below/ I’m lucky enough to have performed with her as bassist for her support gig at the LG arena for Britney Spears and I’m currently performing and mixing for her upcoming album.

May there be more to come! World domination is a step closer for Lauren Wright.

Lauren Wright iTunes: Click here

Lauren Wright Official Website: Click here

Lauren Wright Facebook: Click here

Supporting Britney Spears – LG Arena Birmingham

What an exciting day. A career highlight in supporting Britney Spears as bassist for Lauren Wright at the LG Arena Birmingham.

Thank you to al the people who came to hear use play and asked for pictures, autographs and took away our laminated business cards advertising her new single. We we’re lucky enough to receive VIP gallery treatment as well as a close up preview of Britney’s touring gear.

Lauren’s first Single release coincided with the gig with the single “Kiss Me” with B Side “Spark” (Music and lyrics myself and Stuart Eaves) now available from itunes. It’s been an upmost pleasure composing and recording with Lauren and the band. May there be many more singles!

Check out some of the pictures and videos from the gig!

Video from the the LG Arena

Lauren Wright promo materials

Lauren Wright LG Gig Band

Lauren Wright LG Gig Band

Lauren CD - Kiss Me

Lauren CD - Kiss Me

Kiss me crowd card


Photos from the day

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Kiss Me? : Audio Preview

For more information:

Lauren Wright: Kiss Me? itunes single

Lauren Wright official website

Fall Walk Run – Built To Last Video

Built to last by “Fall Walk Run” got it’s official video released today!

I helped compose, perform, mix and master this track with Stuart Eaves at the beginning of this year.

Find out more about Fall Walk Run , Stuart Eaves and bettinaloeb (film director)

Thanks to all involved

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