I’m a looping guitarist living in Sheffield, England. I have been performing for 45 years in a variety of professional bands and latterly, as a solo artist / collaborator.
Repetition and Intuition are the key factors behind my music, which places dynamics & timbre high up the list. I see the guitar as an organic sound source that uses looping technology and laptop treatment to build moods & soundscapes. My pieces are born, evolve and die away.
16th March : Maida Vale (Red Zoo supporting Blast Lane)
4th May : Sheffield Cathedral (String Theology)
Dig Vis Drill were a mid-80s band that I am *immensely* proud of and we couldda been contenders. Here’s a 12″ mix (with a vid from Phil M) that Fon Records were going to release before it all went pear-shaped ;(
Play LOUD & enjoy some of Ogy’s finest lyrics, still chillingly relevant today!
A couple of tunes from our debut gig as a duo, at Bishops’ House in Sheffield as support to Frostlake. Our sound is still a work in progress (it’s hard to radically re-arrange songs you’ve had in your head for 30 years!) , but you’ll get the general idea.
In my struggle to find a fully-featured midi footpedal that is smaller than my FCB1010, I’ve been using a Rolls midi pedal and using midi-ox to covert the incoming program changes into control or note values with which to control ableton. However, the interface for editing it is a real pain and the map OXM files weren’t easily editable.
imagine my delight when I discovered you can save OXM mapping files as TXM (you have to add the extension yourself) so they become plain ascii files that you can edit in a text editor. In order to create a series of drop-down values of PC and Ctl, I loaded it into excel and “dragged down” to increment the values. Save back as a comma delimited text file, Bob’s your Aunty 😉
There’s a sample TXM file in the map folder to get you started. Not a huge leap for mankind, but a great time-saving feature of the software I was unaware of.
When you get your 80s band together again, the freedom is amazing, all the ego problems of our youth long sublimated by maturity. But then different issues arise, middle-aged choices about life-style and commitment, resulting in Elaine and I now working as a duo, stripped back with a few loops (hopefully) entering the equation. Some old tunes re-imagined and hopefully some new material.
Our first outing is at Bishops’ house on Dec. 17, supporting the inimitable Frostlake. Coincidentally, I’m also there on Dec. 2nd playing with a shakuhachi player (Herve Perez) as String Theology 😉