Kassen: improvising house music

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Kassen starts with demonstrating some analog sequencers from and prepared by Jorgen Brinkman, STEIM’s instrument designer and trance music producer. He mentiones the elaborate preparations necessary to ‘program’ the sequencers, which make them difficult to use in live performances.

About Ableton Live: it’s an easy to use software when you prepare your setup, but it’s more difficult to make pieces on the spot. New musical ideas are difficult to implement live.

Kassen uses the programming language Chuck to make music, initially triggering events using keys on the computerkeyboard. When making housemusic there are 8 beats to a loop. He’s using the Arcade controller, with the 8 step joystick, to place sounds on the 8-step grid.


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