Live/studio hybrid composition using hardware-based electronic instruments.
Composer: Mike Olson
I completed work on this project in the Winter of 2016. It’s a fragment piece, which uses as it’s source material a recording of the live electronic music performance I did at my Six Projects record release party, and also some recordings of the rehearsals for that performance. I deliberately chose to NOT use a computer in this live performance, which was something new for me. I’m calling the piece “North Loop” for several reasons: 1.) The live performance took place in a part of downtown Minneapolis called the North Loop, 2.) though the piece is not particularly loop-intensive, it does make use of some loops, and 3.) I live and work in Minneapolis – a Northern city.
The attached video is of the live performance. The music you’re hearing is the actual finished piece, which was created later in a computer, using audio from the performance and from rehearsals for that performance. There are multiple layers of audio, which have been highly edited and mixed to create the finished product . I edited the video to more or less line things up to match as best I could, but it’s really just an approximation. There was a lot of improvisation involved in the performance, and the finished music actually has more simultaneous layers than I would have been able to pull off live as a solo performance. Still, it’s nice to see the video with the music and I also like that we have some documentation of Paul Christian’s visual projection work. He was using the Processing software environment to create the imagery. I was feeding him about eight separate audio lines that he was working with live.