Notes on playing electronic dance music „live“

Music just from speakers sometimes might be strange or irritating, because the originator of the sounds can’t be seen like e.g. a  violin player, where every visible musical gesture creates a sound event. That could be the reason why the DJ has been pushed into the light again, although originally it was planned that the personality of him or her just should serve anonymously as a ceremony master for the dancing crowd. But a lot of dancers always dance or look into the direction of a DJ, because they expect or need some additional entertainment respectivley they search for the sound originator. Just following the craft of DJing is not very exciting, what leads to the fact, that DJs with additional entertainment qualities got more popular than others.

For a while more and more electronic „live“ acts enter the stage to give the impression that the music is created in front of the audience. But one wonders how tons of hardware are being operated from two producers, who wave their arms in the air to animate the crowd. A closer look reveals that playing live often is reduced to a live arrangement by activating and deactivating preproduced tracks in a digital audio workstation or just editing some effect settings with an external controller.

A more valid live act for me was Element (Dieter Gerbe, Marc Engemann). They had really live elements like a drummer and a guitar player next to additional eletronic sequences.

A couple of days before I found this guy, which really impressed me, because it seems that he really is able to play his setup live and the music is being created during his session.

 

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