I recently played a show with College - a French producer who makes great retro new wave music. I've been enjoying a lot of this style of music from the early 1980s, and I wanted to do a bit of research to learn and pay homage to the roots of contemporary electronic music. Here we have the resulting mix, which can be downloaded here or streamed on Soundcloud.
The Boston-based record label Vermin Street invited me to join their 5-year anniversary compilation. It covers a wide array of bass music and experimental electronic music. My submission took form as a fast, jungle and dancehall-inspired number, heavy with samples from Janet Jackson, Madonna, DJ Assault and Anthrax. Stream it here, and buy it exclusively on Addictech.
All original music by David Last & custom MIDI-controlled visuals w/DMX lighting by CacheFlowe. Performed at Shine in Boulder, CO. October, 2014, opening for Atom TM & Normal Ones.
The always-amazing Communikey Fest just happened, and I was really excited to build my first projection mapped visual system for the big Friday and Saturday night parties. I built this software in the 3 weeks before the event and it was a complete pleasure to collaborate with Rachel V. Murray (who built the large, triangulated origami structures), and AudioPixel (the awesome custom LED system & crew). Using beat detection, audio analysis, OSC for wireless control via iPad from the dancefloor, the visuals provided a nice backdrop for 14 hours of music between the 2 nights. You can see a bit of a review from the Westword here
, and check out the video recap right here.
Warning: I couldn't hear the audio as I was playing, so my rhythm's not that great. Double whammy: I haven't been practicing. This projection-mapped Kinect-based drum machine was built with a simple 4:3 grid made out of wood. It was then painted white for maximum brightness and hung from a curtain rod attached to tripods. With the Kinect and projector aligned in front of the physical structure, it becomes easy to lay down a sweet beat by punching through the openings. Audio samples from Yo Soy Sauce & CacheFlowe.