Improvisation Composed and Performed © Gary P Hayes on ASM #HydraSynthElektron#Digitakt & #Model:Cycles Arturia #MicroFreak Waldorf #Streichfett Korg #MinilogueXD Strymon #BlueSky Korg #KaossPro Zoom #ARQ-48 Arturia #Keysteps and CME #XKey37 Recorded in Mount Victoria Blue Mtns AustraliaSHOW LESS
Created about a year ago – recut to cinematic frame and sound multipressed properly. Composed and Performed © Gary P Hayes 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 Akai #EWI4000s & ESP Ltd 8 String Guitar Captured on Zoom H6
Spicy Hydra Hour – going to use my Hydrasynth Desktop integrated with my Spice rack (Volca Modular, 3 NTS1s, 2 SQ1s and Volca Keys providing rich beds) … will no doubt have some spacey ambient sections and lots of sequential parts and using my XKey37 some nice poly Aftertouch expression. Streamed via Zoom Q2N 4K , audio and video via OBS into YouTube Live bit of setup stuff : Hydrasynth desktop played with Poly Aftertouch XKey37, also sends main clock to Volca Keys and from there the sync gets distributed to everything else from a stereo 1to5 … The NTS1s act as audio in for the 3 external boxes, and of course NTS1s also are their own mono synths too (so the setup is two poly synths, 1 simple modular mono and 3 mono synths) – the SQ1s are routed to Hydra and each of the 3 NTS1s (so 4 separate sequences, I tend to use the 8 step bounce on 4 midi channels). The Q2N4K acts usually as 4K video capture and 48k24bit audio capture, but in this streaming mode it sends both straight into OBS and then into YouTube live…
Noticed this was in a blowout sale and for 25% of the original price couldn’t resist … although aimed at EDM type music, I think there is real potential in ambient or more chillout beat music, this jam is literally an hour or so after taking it out of the box … there are some nice hidden features, mostly around odd time signatures and the fact you can have 16 tracks of a 3 oscillator poly synth (a few sounds here are created quickly on my first opening) … might be nice to throw in my camera bag on hikes too … also the ring has some nice features with built in accelerometer too, and very surprised at the aftertouch included on this ‘toy’… Dawless jam / impro on Zoom ARQ #AR-48 Audio & Video recorded on a #ZoomQ2N4k no other processing Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia
Video to help people understand some creative potential of poly aftertouch 0:00 Intro to Poly Aftertouch 6:38 Patch No 1 – Back to Basics pAT Filter 12:51 Patch No 2 – Oceanic Morph pAT Wavescans 20:13 Patch No 3 – Desert Strings pAT Mutants, Reverb 28:10 Patch No 4 – Alien Speak pAT LFO speeds 38:01 Patch No 5 – Take A … pAT Arp Ratchet & Chance 45:46 Patch No 6 – Galactic Brass pAT Mixer 54:57 Patch No 7 – Frozen Forest pAT Mutant & Osc Volumes 1:02:50 Patch No 8 – Placebo Caves pAT LFO amounts 1:12:18 Patch No 9 – Fallen Skies pAT ARP Gates & filters 1:18:51 Patch No 10 – Time Begins pAT Pitch, Filters, Mutants, Waves The Young Persons Guide to Polyphonic Aftertouch Programming 10 Beginner Adventures using ASM #Hydrasynth & CME Xkey37
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
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.
Inspired by a yearning for a Nordic life but also represents the ultimate darkness and light of the seasons there. Dawless jam / impro on 3 #NTS-1 2 #SQ1 #VolcaKeys #VolcaModular #BehringerModelD recorded on a #ZoomQ2N4k no other processing Aerial Raw Footage of Iceland © Gary P Hayes 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
SEQUENTIAL SUNDAY. On Minilogue XD, Analog Four mk2 & Volca Modular Elektron Analog Four mk2, Korg Minilogue XD, Volca Modular and KO2 “There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream – a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought – a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!”. Mark Twain In four parts – From a mostly initialized state, beginning with dreamy chords and melody the four sequences (in a Berlin style of Tangerine Dream, Nils Frahm and a little bit of Jean Michel Jarre) will emerge and develop in poly metric layers and two in poly rhythm, until a short breakdown into chaos and then a triumphant, fugal conclusion – approx 45 mins
FRIDAY FLOW TIME – live stream, ambient improvisation. XD, Model:Cycles, Volca Drum, KO2 on Korg Minilogue XD, Elektron Model:Cycles & Volca Drum + KO2 Beginning in a void, the piece develops into an urban dystopia and then industrial breakdown. Ends with a short melodic release. Approx 1 hour The Model:Cycles has 6 tracks (midi 1-6) using ‘chance’ once recorded roughly in order, Crash, Low Drum, Bells, Bass, Solo, Chordal … The polyphonic XD on Midi 7, is in Aftertouch mode and features the two analog oscillators and on the digital multi, the ‘drone’ osc by Tim Shoebridge … The Volca Drum has 6 channels of FX sounds, run through an NTS-1 for effects and KO2 here used for solos …
gets going around 4:00 – testing new gear and Zoom Q2N 4k for all streaming
featuring the wonderful Breathe and Sniff reverbs (loaded into the NTS1s) from https://hammondeggsmusic.ca/