I used the little improvisation from last week to experiment with a new Ableton/Live pack called Inspired by Nature. The device called “Emit” is described like this:

Emit is a visual granular synthesizer that uses particles shooting across a spectrogram to show the grain of a sample being played, while vertical movements represent filtering and panning. Create more variables for your particles by adding walls for them to bounce off, and friction to slow them down. By using phase vocoder synthesis for playback, Emit allows particles to move across the sample at any speed without affecting pitch.

I fed the music into Emit and picked a short selection of the performance for it to work with. Everything you hear is guitar, the actual performance in the foreground and the processed particals behind that. It returns me to my notion of connecting and combining past and present that I first explored on the “Opium” tour. In 1996 Ancient Man was Ron Wagner playing tablas and dumbek. Future Man was Carl Coletti playing electronic Roland V-Drums, which he dubbed “the tupperware kit”.

There is something there worth pursuing.