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Working on a New Show
By Fitz - 2/5/2007

Sorry for the silence around here but we're been working hard on our new stage show.

After listening back to our Jammin Java's show we decided we needed to stretch our sound out and try something a bit different and challenging. We liked how we sounded but just thought it was a little, well, plain. There are tons of drum/bass/guitar bands in the area and it's very hard to do anything to stand out.

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Our solution is to integrate more electronic and esoteric elements into the set via Ableton's Live software. Since Peter's departure this has become even more important -- our material wouldn't going to survive a "Simon and Garfunkel" treatment.

Live is a great program with amazing strengths and curious limitations. It was obviously designed more for the DJ/remix artist but it has great potential for bands and singer/songwriters as well. However, since it wasn't designed for the verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus crowd, getting it to behave the way we want is a bit of a challenge. Fortunately Ableton has some great user forums and other artists like Brad Sucks have posted some very useful information on the topic. We'll chime in later with more info on how we're getting the beast working.

By Fitz - 2/5/2007 |