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It’s not easy looping a whole song on a single violin. Especially working out how to do a smooth transition from verse to chorus and back. It demands some advanced routing in the software.
And here is the audio of the new arrangement we are working on by Stefan Klaverdal of Björk’s All is Full of Love. This is all live-looped electric violin and clarinet = essens:1. Add choir in about a week for best results!
Here’s the old version of Hans Zimmer’s Why So Serious, which then segues into Politik by Coldplay, by my duo essens:1 for electric violin and clarinet. This is semi-live-looped, with all sounds coming from our own instruments (i.e. no synths were harmed in the making of this video!). Filmed by Tobias Broström at a concert in Sweden last year.
We took Coldplay off the end for our new version, but added CPE Bach at the front. And it’s all live now too.
Here’s a snippet of the theme from my live-looped violin La Folia variation, getting ready for my concerts at the Brighton Fringe this year.
Was working out the looping scheme for the beginning of my live-looped violin Stockholm Syndrome cover today. It’s a VERY rough version, as yet, but the loops seem to work. Now, to find some proper sounds!
Just when I thought that Saturday was lost, the muse grabbed me as I feverishly scribbled down bits and bobs for my Muse Stockholm Syndrome live-looping violin cover, in preparation for the Brighton Fringe (with a bit of luck!). This was fun! Hooray for days off and a glass of wine! :-D
And it led me on to something else unexpected too — a new Michael Jackson cover of I Want You Back. I think it’ll work great for looping.
Not sure if this is NSFW or just not safe for anyone! As I was mastering one of my violin tracks, it all suddenly went dark in my right ear.
First thought — ear damage?!
Nope. (Thank Apollo!)
Second thought — damn, is my ear monitor fkd? Or the cable?
Wait. There’s a very faint sound there. Let me just look… EWWWWW!
Ear wax! All the way down the canal!
Luckily, Shure know that this happens, and they supply a wax-removal tool!
There! I’m sure you all wanted to know this!
P.S. Shure SE535 ear monitors = awesome!
Tweaking my live-looping violin Björk + Bach mashup this evening. Here is the transition in the middle of the piece from one to the other. As ever it’s all live, and all violin. And I’ll be performing it at the Brighton Fringe next month!
Working on another arrangement for Violin Variations at the Brighton Fringe.
One of the hardest things with electric violin is, strangely enough, to get it to sound like a real violin! I’m using live looping and sound processing in Ableton Live to do a baroque trio sonata of La Folia, starting here by cutting and pasting variations by Corelli/Geminiani, then doing a new version in Finale.