Ian Peaston

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Anti-genre DIY violinist pressing loop pedals & pushing purists' buttons. Curating music technology, electric violin, and innovations in classical and cross-genre music performance. No kittens. Maybe Ewoks.

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Here is the first version of the second loop for the “Beethoven in Stalingrad” theatre piece. The music is entirely based on the theme of the second movement of Beethoven’s Appassionata piano sonata. This loop will be in the background as the actor reads from a soldier’s letter regarding the responsibility of society. A single interjecting voice can still reverberate through time.

The photo is from my studio, controlling Ableton Live via the LivKontrol Android.

Here is the first version of the first loop for the “Beethoven in Stalingrad” theatre piece. The music is entirely based on the theme of the second movement of Beethoven’s Appassionata piano sonata. This loop will be in the background as the actor reads from a soldier’s letter to his beloved. An echo of love, mangled slightly through time.

The photo is from a pub in Dublin, where I worked on the sounds!

So this is the beginning of a new project, music for a theatre piece in Sweden. The work centres around the second movement of the Appassionata piano sonata by Beethoven. And, naturally, I’m doing it on looped electric violin!

This first track is simply a sketch to show how the theme is chopped up into 8 separate loops. The play consists of disparate letters from soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad in WW2, and the patchwork nature of the chopped-up lines mirrors this. The final letter mentions the Appassionata, and only then will we start to hear the full theme. There will be heavy FX on these lines, and it will never actually be heard in the form it is here. But, as I said, this is simply a sketch to show how the lines fit together.

I got my hands on this lovely little thing yesterday — the iLoud portable stereo monitor from IK Multimedia. And I have to say I’m pretty impressed so far. It’s tiny but packs a punch. And it also does several things very very well. I can use it at home to listen to stuff via bluetooth from my phone or laptop. But more importantly the sound quality is so good that I can use it as a reference speaker in my home studio. And not surprisingly considering its name it can get really loud, so I hope to be able to use it for street performing too along with the electric violin connected to my phone or tablet. I do love good-quality well-designed portable devices!
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I got my hands on this lovely little thing yesterday — the iLoud portable stereo monitor from IK Multimedia. And I have to say I’m pretty impressed so far. It’s tiny but packs a punch. And it also does several things very very well. I can use it at home to listen to stuff via bluetooth from my phone or laptop. But more importantly the sound quality is so good that I can use it as a reference speaker in my home studio. And not surprisingly considering its name it can get really loud, so I hope to be able to use it for street performing too along with the electric violin connected to my phone or tablet. I do love good-quality well-designed portable devices!

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