Originally Posted by weaksteelmusic
yes its true, my argument is purely cosmetic.
i think thats what is important.
for me its not so much about to sound, its about the performance.
a good song can be played with shitty gear and its still a good song,
but when a laptop is used for live purposes, all the things like memory and hard drive get taken for granted. Personally, hardware like the mpc forces me to be intuitive and find ways to use limited memory and hard drive space.
With a computer that also doubles as a dvd player, internet browser, world of warcraft game station, and luxury porn viewing suite, it begins to be less about the computer as an instrument and more about the "software".
This disgusts me because a computer is a powerful tool that can do many things, however hardware albeit less powerful and versatile, shows the dedication of the musician to play electronic music in a more natural way, (ex, no mouse pointer) and to use the machine for its single purpose, to create music.
the bane of electronic music is live performance (when your solo), and unless your maybe playing guitar at the same time (i would like to do this, but when im using the mpc there is too much going on) there is no computer setup ive ever seen that allows you to "groove" and dance while playing it.
dont get me wrong, even the mpc has song mode where you can "cheat" and have it play out, but whats the point of that.
and for full disclosure, my side project will consist of me playing guitar and synth while another uses ableton and the apc lol
why is a laptop associated with touching it during performance
midi controllers get you away from that
when i perform i do not need to even touch the computer and i barely need to see it..
i play double bass, didgeridoo, sing, loop, trigger, mix, play percussion, synths. edrums and i want to start bringing out my guitar
plus the other member of my band sings, plays keys, recorder, flute, loops, efx, triggers samples....
we are at the wall of what on mac book pro can do and i'm constantly having to stream line... let alone lugging all my gear to a show
(sometimes we do live pa sometimes we do full set with double bass, triton le, drum kat)
its lots of work and planning.. plus we do it all live
i use different styles of play depending on the track...
i'm in improv player from way back so its important to me
to keep that ability.... plus i love what we are doing it so much fun
its silly to think that a laptop means mousing about .. that is very lame to watch... so is watching some one mess with a 909 for an hour too lol
that was my point
i need to go but i'll drop some vids later