|September 3rd, 2022|
2008: fully pre-recorded music. Took off as "techno contra" (despite not generally using Techno) after Forest Doyle organized one and made a well-produced video at YDW. Later DJ Improper and others would would prepare sets but remix them live.
2009: Ed Howe and John Cote brought live looping to contra dance as Perpetual e-Motion, building a complex texture out of many layers of fiddle and a range of effects. Super popular at their peak in ~2011.
2011: Julie Vallimont and Brendan Carey-Block formed Double Apex, with Brendan playing live fiddle over Julie's loops, beats, and samples. Also very popular. Julie brought this approach to a series of duos over the years, with Jon Cannon (Delta Wave), Ed Howe (Cosmic Echo), Andy Reiner (Firecloud), and Noah VanNorstrand (Buddy System).
Even though there's a lot going on, it's all live. Cecilia is playing fiddle, bringing in an octaver effect at 0:16. I'm playing piano with my hands and drums with my feet (note the drum pattern changes at 0:16 and 0:47). I'm also playing bass (starting at 0:16), where the beat of the drum initiates the notes and the piano left hand chooses which note to play. And then I'm using a breath controller (measuring how hard I'm blowing) to pulse a supersaw that, as with the bass, follows my left hand.
There are still places where I don't quite have the sound I'm imagining, where listening back makes me grimace a little, or where I can't yet do as many things at once as would sound best, but I'm excited about Kingfisher, and this is a really fun area to explore.