Podcast: Sonic TALK - 046 The art of mime, musical portraits

Featuring the Casio SK-5      17/05/07

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Episode 046 - better get my thinking cap on to come up with something exciting for the big FIVE-O, suggestions welcome... This week, we start small, with Dave Spiers (GForce Software), Mark Tinley (Duran, Duran and currently Fields of the Nephilim) and are joined later by Noneric (Diigitalmusician.net, MusoTalk.de) and PJ Tracy (composer, producer, studio owner from Minneaplolis). This weeks talk covers, Air Guitar, childhood musical aspirations, wrestling, miming live, Pete Townsends Lifehouse-method musical portraits, the KvR Developer Challenge and many other things in between. Note In a shameless bid to increase our iTunes ranking, we're encouraging folks to leave comments on our iTunes listing. So if you have a moment or two, go and write something really great about the show (assuming you can think of anything!) and we'll see if it works... Remember... Do Call Us We’ve set up a Skype account for people to leave comments (which may be played on subsequent episodes) or requests to be considered for a part on the show. You can contact using the Skype handle 'sonictalk' or if you want to use the phone, our number in the US is:

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Robbie Ryan    Said...

Hello Blokes, Mates, Chaps, and PJ. The subject of miming always tickles me b/c I used to always do it. Our first show as a band was w/ a 386 computer, an M1 and a Roland sampler with a built in sequencer. We would load one song on the computer and play the other on the sampler, and rewire the midi cables in between. That being crap, we switched the next show to cassette tapes, with almost the entire track on them. We would go between shows that allowed us to wire the keyboards to the p.a. and shows that didn't, but we only wanted one performance DAT so we had to roll that way. Also, I would play pads on top when I could, but when we do the all mime shows I would play basslines first, then leads, then pads. It was often funny whenever I would jump between drum pads and keyboards. It looked ridiculous, but no one in America really cares, do they?

17-May-07 07:18 PM

Robbie Ryan (Again)    Said...

Oh, and one more thing. I don't think a band like the Rolling Stones or U2 being extremely consistent in their live shows has much to do with miming or prerecording. I remember Alan Wilder was talking once about how on the DM Devotional tour Dave Gahan would walk out at the exact same break at the exact same song at the exact same time every single night of their 100+ gig world tour and say "Is everybody feeling good?" or something like that. I think whenever you do something night after night, you get sort of a rhythm, don't you? And Madonna rehearses her shows for 2 months straight, so everything should run like clockwork. It's those of us that don't gig on a regular basis that we don't get that rhythm, and RHYTHM is what we all about here.

17-May-07 07:33 PM

Nick    Said...

Jolly good points Robbie. And top kudos for owning up to the M word.

I think you may be right about the Stones - how many times have they played those tunes now, I'm amazed they arent actually asleep whilst performing.

18-May-07 09:39 AM

Steve from Saskatchewan    Said...

I always look forward to my Friday commute since that's when I listen to the new sonicstate podcasts! Keep it up, guys!

On a note of clarification, the u-he triple cheese winner of the kvr contest last year is not just of Mac, it's for windows too:


And I may seem like a bit of a fanboy here, but Zebra2 is the best VSTi I have bought in a long time (no offense Dave, I still love Imposcar too). It fills a great niche between your typical VSTi architecture and the coder-type world of Reaktor and Tassman. Zebra2 is kind of modular, but doesn't feel so complicated. Plus Urs, the one-man show behind it, seems to be both an expert coder and a really great customer-service guy who answers emails within hours over at KVR. And to dovetail with one of the topics you touched on, he seems to have come up with some anti-piracy technique that hasn't been cracked yet...

19-May-07 10:02 AM

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