Outdoor Dawless impro on ASM #Hydrasynth Desktop Played using a CME #XKey37 PolyAftertouch with Jamman Solo XT doing 4 x 5 min loops approx. (meaning I play one continuous part for about 5 mins, then layer another part on top of that in real time once that loops and so on) at Mermaids Cave Blackheath Blue Mountains Australia Location used in the film Mad Max II or III Thunderdome, the lost children tribe section – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fR1D… Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes Audio & video on #ZoomQ2N4k by Gary P Hayes Some notes on my outdoor performance pieces: MASTER: I usually record the master take and close up shot before anything else (to get that in the bag so to speak) – here just a line out of the SoloXT into the Zoom Q2N4K which is capturing the audio (48k 24bit) and also feeding my Shure In-Ear headphones – usually I take my Beyer DT750s. This is done in one continuous 4K take, so I could potentially crop in later on a HD timeline. B ROLL: Whether it is drone footage or here, static angles, they are done after the event and of course I ‘pretend’ to be playing and layer that in over the master take – later on any edit I can just hide those video tracks in seconds if I wanted to get a complete master take shot. Using a tripod I just let the camera record, setup an angle then walk back to the rig and play for 20s or so then reposition and repeat. Same with walking shots, POV shots are just on walkins or walkouts. Drone shots I usually have the controller close to the instruments so gives the impression I am playing, easy to spot it on full screen! HIKING: The most I have hiked in to a place with gear is about 1.5 hours, and I usually take my normal camera gear (I am a landscape photographer) and fill my pack with other music gear. Most hikes tend to be 15-30 mins and I sometimes take a small stand with me if I know ‘natural’ tables will be tricky OR for smaller hikes just take for convenience. But I prefer to find or know there will be natural places to place gear, 90% of the time. POWER: All my outdoor jams are powered by bigger 10-20Ah powerbanks, same ones people use for their phones, but I use RipCords (from myvolts) which convert the 5V USB to 9 or 12V which most music tech needs.
Literally added the Hydrasynth to my mix a couple of days ago and just getting under its surface (have done a few patches from scratch) but here I am using a few presets from a new bank called RaSunGod – the Analog Four & Volca Kick of course are all custom patches. I am waiting on a PolyAfterTouch keybed for the Hydrasynth as well as a larger channelAfterTouch keyboard – but the CME Xkey37 for the Hydra is primarily for remote impros – love the idea of fully expressive portable kit outside in nature, already planning several ambient locations. Dawless jam / improvisation on #ASM #Hydrasynth #Elektron #AnalogFour #Korg #VolcaKick recorded on a #ZoomQ2N4k no other processing Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia
A first test recording using the Minilogue with my what has now become, my Korg rack – and also filming in 4K using the Q2n4K then editing that on a HD timeline – for better clarity? The important thing is the sound is fed into the same 4K recorder vs my usual post sync’ing, H6 and GoPro’s NOTE: The battery pack supplying NTS1 – left, dies around 23 mins and as that has the Volca Drum going through it, hence the last 10 minutes without an oscillator and drums (I should have just put another battery pack in and chopped it, but hey, only a test), The NTS1s don’t need a lot and I normally get 10 hours or so from a 5k or so powerpack… Performance based dawless Jam / Impro on Korg #MinilogueXD#VolcaDrum#VolcaModular Korg 3x #NTS-1 2x #SQ1#KO2 & Arturia #Keystep Recorded & filmed on Zoom #Q2n4K Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia. Raw aerial footage of Iceland © Gary P HayesSHOW LESS
Once Upon an After Touch Live STREAMY SUNDAY Melodic aftertouch impro with touches of Morricone (homage), Vangelis, Jarre (Maurice) and others on Korg Minilogue XD & Kaoss Pro, Arturia MicroFreak, Elektron Model:Cycles & Digitakt, Waldorf Streichfett
I used to do a lot of this back in the day when composing film music, and playing live to the film, laying down real time cues and then go back to tidy them up (tweaking a few notes here and there and timing), but I do love having an orchestra at my fingertips – excuse the slight rustiness of this particular outing which is really a demo of the very cost effective plug-in from Audio Imperia. A continuous demo of Nucleus Lite Edition Orchestra. A totally free form improvisation of each of the sounds then a longer 5 layer composition of sorts. The sections are below: 0:00 Strings Full Ensemble Sustained 1:38 Strings Full Ensemble Spiccato 2:26 Woodwind Full Sustained 4:17 Woodwind Full Spiccato 4:52 Brass Full Sustained 6:11 Brass Full Spiccato 6:48 Timpani / Glock 7:26 Choir Full Sustained 8:49 Choir Full Spiccato 9:30 Snares, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong 10:15 Improvised composition Layer 1 – Strings 17:30 Layer 2 – Woodwind 24:58 Layer 3 – Brass 32:42 Layer 4 – Choir 40:31 Layer 5 – Percussion FOLLOW ME: Bandcamp Album Releases – https://garyphayes.bandcamp.com/ Support me on Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/garyphayes Blog (music posts) – https://www.garyphayes.com/ Facebook (Photography – 19k following) – https://www.facebook.com/garyphayesph… Twitter (26k following) – https://twitter.com/GaryPHayes Instagram (Photography 28k following) – https://www.instagram.com/garyphayes….
As usual a little rusty on the Harp but gave it a go anyhow (really need to put in my 30-60 mins a day to bring it back to where it was. Also literally just connected all this together after dismantling it for an evacuation just before XMas when the fires were getting very close – hence a few gaps where the new pieces (Analog Four mk2 and MicroFreak) will sit, when not mobile. So I have three mobile setups now and this more locked down Dawless setup – the mobile rigs are 1) Four Volcas and effects 2) MicroFreak, looper and effects 3) Analog Four mk2 SQ1 and Keystep, Volca Kick (borrowed from this setup) and 4-6, mostly single instruments like Modular and BlueSky etc: Continuous dawless jam / improvisation Composed Filmed & Performed © Gary P Hayes on #Salvi Julia Harp Yamaha Grand Concert #GC22S Guitar, Roland #SE02 Korg #VolcaKick Behringer #ModelD Alesis #Micron, Elektron #Digitakt Korg #KaossPro & #KP3 Delay on Behringer EM600 Arturia Keysteps Reverb on Strymon #BlueSky Recorded on #ZoomH6 in Gallery Studio Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia
The Shallow Water – ambient single volca modular
Continuous outdoor dawless jam / improvisation on Arturia MicroFreak and Korg Volca Modular Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes in a ‘safe’ fire ground in Blue Mountains Australia Reverb & delay on Zoom MS70 recorded on Zoom H6 Aerial and ground cinematography © Gary P Hayes
Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes on Roland #SE02 Behringer #ModelD Waldorf #Streichfett BOSS #SY1 – Elektron #Digitakt & #Analog4#Volca Drums Korg #Kaossilator Pro Arturia #Keysteps Novation #BassStation2 Strymon #BlueSky Korg #Kaoss KP3 Roland #System1 & ESP #LTD 8 string guitar #Bliss Clarinet #Yamaha Concert Classical Guitar
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Although the music was composed prior to the edit (with the film in mind) it was interesting to map them on top of each other – albeit at a very shallow aspect ratio. All music and drone footage © Gary P Hayes
Ommadawn by Mike Oldfield – Performed, reimagined © Gary P Hayes
Ommadawn was one of my favourite albums as a kid, and it became a masterpiece in my mind – and while playing with some cinematic drum samples today I thought it would be fun to weave my setup around the opening section (which contains the chords of the final build up section of side one of course) – it is not meant to be a slavish cover (although there are a couple of close sections) but an homage of sorts.
There are a few edits as the original jam went on for 55 mins! – so a couple of sections miss the ‘development’ as I was playing/programming bits in, especially the chordal arpeggios in section 2 … Played on Roland #SE02 Behringer #ModelD Elektron #Digitakt & #Analog4 Waldorf #Streichfett#Volca Drums Korg #Kaossilator Pro Arturia #Keysteps Novation #BassStation2#Casio Piano Strymon #BlueSky Korg #Kaoss KP3 Roland #System1 Soprano Sax Classical Guitar Bliss Clarinet and ESP #LTD 8 string guitar
Composed & performed © Gary P Hayes Very loosely inspired by one of my favourite films ‘Der Himmel über Berlin” and the recent passing of its star Bruno Ganz.
Performed using (with no post production): Roland #SE02 Behringer #ModelD Strymon #BlueSky Elektron #Digitakt & #Analog4 Waldorf #Streichfett#Volca Bass Drums Arturia #Keysteps Novation #BassStation2 Casio CDP200R #Piano Arturia #iSEM on iPad & Akai #EWI 4000s through Behringer EM600 delay
Composed & performed © Gary P Hayes on Roland #SE02 Behringer #ModelD Strymon #BlueSky Elektron #Digitakt & #Analog4 Waldorf #Streichfett Arturia #Keysteps Novation #BassStation2 Casio CDP200R Piano & ESP Ltd 8 string guitar Buy more DAW based albums over on Bandcamp here https://garyphayes.bandcamp.com/
Note: At 14:50 the volcas power off (dodgy Volca mix unit) meaning sync to the Model D and SE02 go off temporarily, I restart it of course without skipping a beat, sort of 🙂
Composed and performed © Gary P Hayes on #Behringer#ModelD Roland #SE02#Strymon#BlueSky#Elektron#Analog4 & #Digitakt#Volca Keys Bass Beats Korg #Kaoss Pro Waldorf #Streichfett Roland #System1 and Arturia #Keysteps#esp#ltd8string