A couple of times in the past I’ve linked to snippets of multi-part vocal harmony [MP3, 770kB] here. Thanks to digital audio workstations like the marvellous Sonar and audio interfaces like this, I can record myself singing the various parts of the arrangement, overlay the harmonies, set them in an artificial space, and create my own Gospel choir. This kind of texture is part of the sound of the music I make with Richard Brincklow.
Unfortunately, without an actual Gospel choir, it’s impossible for me to recreate these harmonies live. Last week I wandered over to the Website of the company that makes part of my recording set-up to see if there might be some way to synthesize the rest of me live. There I watched this video [requires Quicktime] of some of the most amazing beatboxing I’ve ever heard. Stick with it past the murky but brief introduction. Fortunately for my envy levels, Kid Beyond isn’t much of a singer—but that’s a bit like saying Mark Knopfler isn’t much of a singer.
is better than that, and can sing. his live drum and bass is astonishing. he does have an album out, which should be like buying an album by a ventriloquist, but is very different from his live stuff.
The Kid Beyond thing is cool, but mapping all the keystrokes is awful kludgey. Doesn’t Live have a COM interface? Or even DDE, if it’s real old.
Mr. Beyond, although jolly good fun for about five minutes, is perhaps not the most musically interesting representative of the live-looping, err … thing. Try searching for the work of Amy X Neuburg, Andre LaFosse, Zoe Keating, Steve Lawson or Andy Butler for something (several somethings) a little more toothsome.
You may want to check out the Mobius software looper as a supplement to Live! It’s a software emulation of the nirvana of looping tools: the ‘Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro Plus’ (EDP). Personally I prefer the hardware version, though.
http://www.loopers-delight.com can lead you further into temptation …
I totally disagree, Kid Beyond is one of the most amazing live performers and loopers that I have ever seen. Have any of you cats seen this dude?? I have seen everyone noted above and they are all great, but so is he.
Well, I just saw Kid Beyond for the first time at Earthdance in Laytonville, and on friday night, he ROCKED THE HOUSE. He was an amazing performance and EVERYONE was totally with him. The second night, in a smaller area, wasn’t quite as electric, but still good. So perhaps I was just lucky to experience one of those really great live shows where it all comes together. I enjoyed his singing, thought is was somewhat like a mixture of Metallica, System of a Down and Sublime with just crazy beats. Yet, we were all into it and it was PERFECT. So I recommend him. His CD does NOT do him justice. Just awesome live.