2016 review: April

With our album release locked in for May, we worked on our special launch live set.  A note on these: people tend to slate electronic music live for being “hit play” or whatever, or that there’s no particular skill or effort that goes into playing.  They might have a point, it is possible to just hit play and then spend the next hour occasionally pressing a button so that it looks like you’re doing something.  The thing about playing electronic music live is that there is a near infinite number of ways to do this, so there is a near-infinite spectrum that ranges from press play, have a beer, whatever, right through to improvising everything on the spot.  For our own part, we have spent the last few years constantly thinking through what it means to play live, and how to present something that is on the one side manageable enough for one person with two hands to play, but on the other side, has enough spontaneity and improvisation to make it fun.  For the last couple of years, we’ve done a full a/v set where possible, which places certain parameters on the way the set has to be laid out given the limitations we have (amount of hands, amount of RAM).  As well as this, the visual component especially takes a long time to prepare.  In this case basically all of our free time for two and a half months.  We did that specifically so that we could present a single hour of music the way that we wanted to present it.  And it was worth it.