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Session

The PowerBook Rockstar
Josh Knowles, Frescher-Southern

Track: Digital Audio
Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Magnolia

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Not long ago a live electronic music performance required hauling out to the venue piles of gear: synthesizers, samplers, and miles of cables. Not only was this an obnoxious hassle, but building a useful collection of gear could be prohibitively expensive.

During the past three or four years this completely changed. Now all of the tools a performer needs can be installed onto a single, satchel-sized PowerBook. Just come to the club. Flip open the Mac. Plug into the mixer. And let the sounds flow. The pale, glowing Apple logo has become ubiquitous at venues catering to live electronic music.

In this session we'll look at the tools and techniques a laptop-based musician uses to create a flexible live performance.

We'll discuss using a virtual studio environment such as Logic Audio along with live performance tools such as Ableton Live to turn our laptop into a live instrument. And we'll explore different techniques musicians use to "play" their computers. We'll also talk about techniques for making direct digital recordings of live performances on the Mac and using iTunes to catalogue and distribute these recordings.

By the end of the session novice digital musicians should be at a good starting point for becoming the next generation of laptop rockstars. And experienced digital musicians will come away from the session with new ideas and tricks to enhance their performances.



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