A look inside Deadmau5’s light show

Seeing Deadmau5 for the first time at Outside Lands Festival this summer was a life changing experience for me.  Not only was I expecting a lot musically, but also visually.  In terms of the music, the production was by far the best I’ve ever heard at an electronic show.  Also, I was worried that it would get repetitive, as many electro/house-based shows do.  This was not the case at all.  I found myself trying to do the math in my head on how he was shifting in and out of the basic 4/4 time signatures so smoothly without losing any energy from the crowd.

With that being said, the light show was like absolutely nothing I’ve ever seen.  I couldn’t imagine the production behind it so I found a video that gave me a better idea of how it works.

It looks like a confusing process, but by accomplishing this, I’m sure it will pave the road for more user-friendly techniques to make these light shows more plausible for smaller acts and also push the boundaries even further   Someday we will most likely see the musicians themselves being able to produce their own light shows with ease, while simultaneously performing their music.



Jonah Hill’s livetronica cameo!

This is a hilarious clip from Cyrus.  We’ve all had those awkward moments where someone forcefully shows you their music and stares at you for the entirety.  Classic defensive producer remark at 0:25!

(Video won’t embed so click to view on youtube)

As hilarious as this scene is, his logic on making music is pretty genius.  He takes pictures of random objects and observes them for musical inspiration.  This is similar to what some of the earlier IDM artists like Boards of Canada would do!

Aside from that, this movie has an incredible sound track including one of our favorite songs by Empire of the Sun,”Walking on a Dream” and some great instrumentals that I can’t seem to find info about anywhere!?

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eimgRedLkkU&ob=av2n

Peace till next time,

Alex of Arpetrio

Music and Technology: Hot Hands by Source Audio

While technology and music are undeniably working hand in hand, there are musicians often so ahead of their time they are overlooked.  Arpetrio has always been about combining technology and the use of live instrumentation, so I couldn’t look at this little gem without being intrigued. (Feel free to listen to how we use technology in our music by downloading our free album at arpetrio.bandcamp.com)  Source Audio has developed a sort of motion controlled effect pedal attachment for guitar and bass known as hot hands.  This attachment to their already superb envelope filter pedal, which goes on the user’s finger, can be used for envelope sweeps, volume boosts, and even making those wobbling dub-step noises that seem to be becoming integrated with many styles and genres.  All you have to do is set the desired effect and wave your hand around to manipulate the intensity of the effect. While this is only one of many functions of Hot Hands, it is the one that really piqued my interest.
 Describing what this thing is capable of through text is challenging at best, so here is a video of Pinn Panelle covering a Skrillex Song.  The bassist uses it to give the wompy swells that Skrillex has come to be know by.
 This technological advancement will be a unique avenue for our creativity. We hope to add this pedal to the Arpetrio arsenal of toys made to make your ears tingle.
Link to Pinn Panelle video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuunY8BTqNs
Link to Source Audio website   http://www.sourceaudio.net/
Link to album     arpetrio.bandcamp.com

Video of one of our favorite producers, Opiuo

If you haven’t heard of Opiuo you should check him out.  He’s like a crunchy mix between Shpongle and Pretty Lights.  Watch how he uses step sequencing around 1:30.  Definitely bringing a new feel to the way a producer performs live.