The Virtual Proximity guys love fooling around with MIDIs and instruments. They’re known for their jazzy electronic and downtempo improvisation, and already use such MIDI devices such as electronic wind instruments (EWI’s) in their live soundscape performances.
This time VP have taken a 32-foot pipe organ, and developed controllers like Launchpad and Korg Nanokontrol with Ableton Live to send MIDI information to the organ. This will enable the 9000 pipes of the mighty Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ to measure and read information of ninety thousand cubic feet of air every minute, to create any sounds from bare squeaks to apocalyptic bellowing.
This adds a whole new dimension to the Virtual Proximity soundscape project, and is supported by interactive video-mapped projections by VP’s VJ Robert Jarvis.
This is part of the City of Melbourne’s Grand Organ Program, and will be supported earlier on by ‘Dis-Organ-Eyesed’ – a showcase by RMIT students.
This is live electronic music inovation at its finest, go check out this spectacular one-off!
Starts 7:30pm. Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Free!
Written by Kristian Hatton.