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.
Outdoor Dawless impro on Elektron Analog Four mk2 Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes at Panorama Point Lookout and Trig Blue Mountains Australia recorded on #ZoomQ2N4K Drone video (filmed afterwards) by Gary P Hayes note: recorded at high levels and the original audio had a lot of click distortion, it has been processed to remove this but there are some artefacts.
Ambient OutDawless jam / improvisation on Elektron Model:Cycles recorded on #ZoomH6 no other processing Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes at Goochs Crater Newnes Plateau Blue Mountains Australia . DJi Mavic Air 2 shots (filmed afterwards hence controller in view) by Gary P Hayes
Ambient Chill Out-Dawless jam / improvisation – thanks for the invite from Arthur and the visiting Slackliners to Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains Australia so I could play along on the overhang, during their morning ‘walks’ Drone shots filmed afterwards by Gary P Hayes, hence being non sync of course, and the slackliners for being participant spotters. Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes on Elektron Model:Cycles – Korg Volca Drum & Koass 2 recorded on #ZoomH6 no other processing
PAGODA CHILL: Ambient Elektron Model:Cycles Outdoor Jam Impro Newnes Plateau Australia Mavic Air 2
Outdoor Dawless impro on Elektron Analog Four mk2 & Korg KO2 Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes at Temple of Doom Newnes State Forest / Plateau, Blue Mountains Australia recorded on #ZoomH6 Drone video (filmed afterwards hence me holding the controller duh!) by Gary P Hayes Note: This area is now open after the recent big fires and there was no one around for at least 3km! Also drone flying is legal here – also it is an unprotected area from mining too.
Simple four chord jam / improvisation on Elektron Model:Cycles Outdoor Jam recorded on #ZoomH6 no other processing. All power supplied from solar panels in shot Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes at Sunset Rocks Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia Drone video (filmed afterwards) by Gary P Hayes
Music & Film © Gary P Hayes on the Mount Victoria escarpment, Blue Mountains, Australia Performed using 8 prepared tracks of #Elektron #Digitakt – Tracks are 3 sample loops and 5 single waveforms/samples recorded to Zoom H6 no post processing 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….
A spiritual meeting place of the Gundungurra people who have lived in the area for 14 000 years, I wanted to do a piece in the area that both reflects the current virus situation (I like millions around the world, am in effective quarantine – allowed out to natural areas of course away from other people) and also the sense of ‘contamination’ of invaders moving across the landscape here from overseas into Australia back in the early 1800s. The off beat E note in the rhythm fights with the Cm chords in the opening, the natural major meeting the invading minor. This is a significant spot as some historians said it is where a big meeting took place between the indigenous people and the Europeans who had just traversed the Blue Mountains… and apparently Kew-Y-Ahn means roughly, ‘go back to where you come from’… Continuous improvisation from an initialised state Elektron Analog Four mk2 Outdoor Jam Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes Kew-Y-Ahn Rocks Hartley Blue Mountains Australia recorded on #ZoomH6 no other processing Filmed & Performed at Key-Y-Ahn granite Tor Drone video (filmed afterwards) by Gary P Hayes. FYI the A4 was powered by (many thanks to www.MyVolts.co.uk ) 1 x AA730M X2CC 12V Ripcord Current doubling Y cable AA730M 2 x AA928MS Ripcord DC 5V USB converter cable to 12V 0.75A C+ve 2.1×5.5×12.0 AA928MS and (available from many suppliers) 2 x Anker PowerCore 20100mAh 5V 2 Port USB External Battery Power Bank
Out-Dawless Ambient Improvisation / Jam on two NTS-1s recorded on #ZoomH6 All effects live from Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 Loop on Digitech Jamman Solo XT The loop at the start is capturing three layers from the right NTS-1 only. The left NTS-1 is acting as the main reverb and delay but also main arpeggiator after the opening section … Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes on Pulpit Rock, Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains Australia
Out-Dawless Ambient Improvisation / Jam Continuous impro on two Nu:Tekt NTS-1s, Kaoss KO2 and Arturia Keystep. ALL effects are coming live from the NTS-1s, recorded on #ZoomH6 Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes near Mount Wilson, Blue Mountains, Australia The left NTS1 is midi sequenced by the Arturia Keystep and the right NTS-1 is the main clock and is running it’s own arpeggios
FYI the A4 was powered by (many thanks to www.MyVolts.co.uk ) 1 x AA730M X2CC 12V Ripcord Current doubling Y cable AA730M 2 x AA928MS Ripcord DC 5V USB converter cable to 12V 0.75A C+ve 2.1×5.5×12.0 AA928MS and (available from many suppliers) 2 x Anker PowerCore 20100mAh 5V 2 Port USB External Battery Power Bank Elektron Analog Four mk2 Jam Out-Dawless Continuous impro on #Elektron #AnalogFour mk2 from an Initialised state recorded on #ZoomH6 Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes at Head of the Grose Valley, Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains Australia
Really just testing out the new current doubling Ripcord here on a local rock, the jam is total impro, no planning, I cut in about 5 mins in after starting from an initial state … will try harder next time! Live Out-Dawless Jam / Impro – In an ancient style – on Elektron #AnalogFour Mk2 Powered by MyVolts Ripcord current doubling Y adapter Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes in a Grose Valley overlook Blue Mountains Australia recorded onto Zoom H6 no other processing edited in FCPx
Eager to try out my two NTS-1s – so took them with me on a little walk down through the wonderful Valley of the Waters – several waterfalls 200m below the Wentworth Falls escarpment… there was no real prep for this beyond spending a few minutes sync’ing them the night before and trying some dual arpeggios … so excuse the rather ‘vague’ feel to this one, it has it’s moments but consider it a trial … Continuous Out-Dawless Jam / Impro on Two Korg Nu:Tekt #NTS-1 (a ‘trial’ session) recorded direct to Zoom H6 no post processing Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes at Empress Falls after a 360 walk down the Valley of Waters, Wentworth Falls Blue Mountains Australia
The Shallow Water – ambient single volca modular
Dirty distorted Analog 4 mk2 – This actually started as a long ambient piece (similar to the end) but because of the heat, couldn’t really see the screen, ants starting to crawl over the A4 and last minute noticed levels were too high on the Zoom H6, I decided to just do a non-characteristic, 4 to the floor, industrial sounding, distorted acidy style jam. Normal service will be resumed next upload! Continuous Outdoor Dawless Jam / Improvisation on #Elektron #Analog4mk2 – no other processing Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes (end section of a longer 30 min piece abridged due to fire ants 35C heat and not able to actually see the screen!) Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia
Continuous Outdoor Dawless Jam / Improvisation Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes Aerial Cinematography © Gary P Hayes – Corroboree Rocks Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia on Arturia #MicroFreak and Korg #VolcaModular Delay & Reverb on #ZoomMS70 . Recorded on #ZoomH6 ‘If I Were An Eagle’ by Mark Heathcote If I could soar above all my inherent problems And fly like an eagle where should I nest Every place I would seek to rest has problems The wind is either too strong-or-light The cliff tops are a slither of a knife The tree is too low or waving too high That even as an eagle, I might suffer vertigo. You see this is the problem wherever you go Do I fly South, East, West or North? If I could soar above all my inherent problems And fly like an eagle where should I nest I guess here right back in your arms would be best. 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….
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
Please note the camera ran out of storage about 9 mins in, so replaced with fire ground walk footage – Continuous live outdoor dawless jam / improvisation Composed Filmed & Performed © Gary P Hayes on Korg #VolcaModular #VolcaKeys #Kaosillator 2S Delay on Zoom #MS70 Reverb on Strymon #BlueSky recorded on #ZoomH6 no other processing Music Performance near Hat Hill Blackheath Fire Ground Mist in Bell & Pre-Fire Drone Footage all in Blue Mountains Australia (I had to evacuate once from here due to the fire getting within 2km of home mid December)