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Dorian Live

Dorian Live

1 September 2015

CreativePact (32 posts)

Having lately developed my studio practice it's time to look at the live side, so with a big gig on the horizon I'll use this Pact to lay the groundwork for Dorian Live.

Dorian Live: epilogue

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It's the Friday after the Wednesday, the Wednesday of the big night: Dorian Zoyd's live debut as part of Union Chapel's final Organ Project concert. The question of the moment: how did it go?

Pretty good actually. For sure the Dorian Zoyd set (yes, I ended up doing a set) was more the outlier of the genres; there was nothing else nearly as pop that evening. Feedback I heard was positive and, it's true, I'm even wondering if there's not something in this live malarky.

Automaton ended up being the last piece of the Zoyd set – prepended were two other soon-to-be-released DZ tracks, 'DorianOS' and 'R.O.B.O.T.' – and it has seen some obvious tweaks since the end of the Pact. Leading those tweaks was the abandonment of Ableton Live for live DAW in favour of Logic, which also meant the loss of the Live stave of the score.

An account of what happened: I sat down to try and construct the piece's Live session and just found the whole approach too complicated (confirming my status as a relative newbie to Live). On top of that, I had concerns that the method considered originally for altering the tuning of the session to match the organ would be unworkable: I forgot, altering sample playback speed changes duration as well as pitch.

At this point I started a search for an alternative approach and, lo and behold, discovered that my old pal Logic has a per-project tuning setting for all pitched software instruments. Brilliant. If I ran the original song session in Logic I could alter the project tuning, apply the same pitch shift to any required audio (which isn't under the influence of the tuning setting) and there would be no chronological implications.

Having taken a huge shortcut not having to create a Live session I realised there was enough time to put together a proper Dorian Zoyd set, adding two tracks which will be joining Automaton in recorded format on the upcoming Dorian Zoyd release, ROBOT. Even more fun: bass guitar would also feature in the set (primarily so I had something to do on stage during the choruses of R.O.B.O.T.).

(We also lost the live sax FX in Automaton; rehearsal time was short and there was no time to set it up.)

So there we go, Dorian Zoyd lives! The show was captured in audio form (with some video too) and I hope to include some of that recording as part of the uber-special toy robot edition of ROBOT. Another CreativePact, another good result.