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Fwd: onstage jam project

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>Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 17:14:25 -0400
>From: Robert Kaplowitz <rubiksnd@HOTMAIL.COM>
>Subject: onstage jam project
>Sender: "Discussion list for people working in sound for live theatre."
>Reply-to: "Discussion list for people working in sound for live theatre."
>I'm in the theoretical stages of dealing with a play that would love to 
>do a
>scene that works essentially as follows:
>lights come up on the 3 principals, who are either on the couch slowly
>rocking out to a beat, or up at their instruments already.  An incredible,
>improvisational jam session follows (the script calls for 2 guitars, a
>keyboard and a drum kit onstage at all times.)  This jam session is the
>cathartic moment in the play, and wants to be done completely live,
>flexibly, and open ended nightly.  When things get to a certain point, the
>actor/musicians put their instruments down, and the jam (magically)
>continues, AND CONTINUES TO DEVELOP as they dance all around the stage.  
>its utter high point, it all ends, leaving some sort of ambiant tail as 
>actors drift away from one another and back into utter isolation.
>So the question is - is there a DJ or live rock'n' roll mind out there 
>done things like capturing the multiple tracks (4, to be precise) on the
>fly, and shaping them into sample loops that could be combined with
>prerecorded sample loops (of a great variety, of course) so that the piece
>could evolve organically on a nightly basis?  My work with the Akai has 
>all about preprogramming, or only capturing one set of sounds at a time 
>doing live improv in the studio.  I'm thinking there's maybe a software 
>there or some sort of a perc jam box (I remember hearing something about a
>"Jam Man" which captured a given number of loops...)
>We did this show this summer, at the Playwrights Conference, with a
>prerecorded track (Godspeed's "One" to be precise), but the show is headed
>to the pro theatre, and I may (or may not) continue on with it... so I
>thought I'd do a bit of surveying.  Of course, if the playwright and
>director are okay with starting with a beat before the actors pick up 
>instruments, it would ALL be much easier...
>I do know one thing - it will need an incredible foh mixer, whatever the
>technology is...
>Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
>-robert kaplowitz


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