Here’s a unique chance to step onstage with electronic duo Justice – well, through photos, at least – on tour in Brazil. Behind a stack of Marshall Amps and other gear that looks ready to push back an invading horde of Barbarians with a battering ram, these two have some very lovely goodies for live laptop performance. No plain-vanilla DJ sets here.

Our friend Fabio “FZero” writes:

I came across some pictures of the gear Justice used to play in Rio. They were taken by a guy which works on Circo Voador (the place were they played) and uploaded to orkut. I’ve downloaded and zipped them to make things easier.

The name of the photographer is Henrique Kurtz and his orkut profile is at

3 x Jazzmutant Lemur (THREE LEMURS. It’s good to be rich, I guess.)
2 x MacBook Pro (one is probably backup)
1 x Korg MicroKorg
1 x Korg ZERO8 Live Control
1 x Pioneer DJM800
Software: Ableton Live

Get up close and personal with the laptop rig itself. Okay, you may not be able to afford three Lemurs, but this wouldn’t be hard to scale to other setups. And there’s plenty here to make a “live PA” performance really a performance.


All photos © Copyright Henrique Kurtz. Used for by permission of the photographer. (Thanks, Henrique – beautiful shots!)

  • Chris

    also some views from the manufacturer of the Lemur:

  • ha! "And there’s plenty here to make a “live PA” performance really a performance."

    but from the audience, there's almost no "performance" visible from behind all the smoke, marshall amp stack and the gear "battering ram", except for the rock posing!

    not that it isn't a very cool show… i saw them at sonar this year and they totally cranked the BIG room at the night gigs.

    actually even with a great video feed of their work behind the wall, it's not that clear how much they are performing live. and in their case it doesn't matter!

  • unkl3jun

    Hmmm….only six channels of audio in Ableton Live. I wonder what's on
    each of those channels…very efficient looking rig overall…

  • phelm

    whats all that stuff in front of the rig (between the amps, where the cross is)??

  • silvawhale

    dummies i think. i don't recognize any of the modules and the stuff on the left is mirrored almost 100% on the right.

  • tim

    uh, PROPS? haha

  • silvawhale

    hey, the most common thing /w rock bands. slayer had two 3 times 4 wall of standard 4×12" marhall-speaker cabinets. only two were working on the down corners closest to the drum set. the rest are blanks. you can rent them on every bigger backline rentals all over the world.

    if they are just faceplates woth couple of knobs, you can easily fit all those in one hardcase.

  • Yeah, of course the Marshalls aren't so unusual, though not what you usually get from an electronic act. More interesting to me is the laptop rig. They certainly clame to make use of the Lemurs. And not sure how the dual laptop setup is arrayed exactly.

  • j250x

    I saw them in birmingham UK and the front rack stuff is all fake. It's all just random dials and buttons and all the LEDs flash in time with the music. Looks kinda cool but obviously fake, apart from everything else, it's facing away from them.

  • I´m not sure that Henrique works there.. but the pictures was definetly a good job… and @Peter Kim – I have this pictures on hi-res now… Fabio Zero ís a close friend.. the second laptop is really unplugged auhhauhauhuha !!! we can almost read the project on Live Ableton… and the notes they wrote on the Korg…

  • DJA

    looks good, now if only they could learn how to use the complex algorithm instead of beat, their shows wouldn't sound like a warbling mess.

  • km

    Any idea what their live workflow is like? i.e. audio out from ableton live, then how are the lemurs and outboard gear (like the Korg Zero8) used to manipulate the audio? i'm guessing the lemurs are used to control abelton plug-ins — or do they actually affect the audio outside the laptop?

  • dead_red_eyes

    @ Peter -"Yeah, of course the Marshalls aren’t so unusual, though not what you usually get from an electronic act."

    I use Oranges and Sunns live, it's not really that unusual. There's quite a few electronic artists out there that use guitar amps live.

    I'm also inclined to agree with silvawhale, about most of those Marshall's being nothing but empty cabs.

  • gbsr

    oh come on, everybody knows that a stack of amplifiers make you even better, its scientific fact.

    wait, what?

  • Well, yes, it is scientific. All those magnetic coils create an immersive field of goodness. Without it, you're no good.

  • clay

    i wonder if the fake marshalls go to 11…..

  • VDF

    Scientific fact, specially when the Marshalls are filled with golden light…

  • Yellow

    Their music is simple enough for the six tracks in Live. And that's great!

    That pretty much dismisses the 'Garage Band' hoax, uh?

    Way to go, FZero! Cheers from all Recife re:combers!

  • chasedestroy

    i saw them 2 weeks ago @ Red Rocks here in Denver, they were headlining a festival. Apparently they had crappy voltage converters, because twice, everything died… dead silence. an electronic musicians worst fear… after the second power outage, they left the stage and that was it, show over.

    that being said, their marshall stacks and bank of gear kept on rocking… i guess the lighting guys knew better.

  • poorsod

    VDF beat me to it, but I was going to point out the same; that the Marshalls are as fake as the modular. They light up during "Let There Be Light".

    Six channels in Ableton is impressive, though surely that number of clips is not enough for an hour-long live set?
    So I suspect they DO use both laptops (no backups).
    They would run one song's Ableton set each, MIDI sync'd – and that is where the DJ mixer comes in. While one laptop is playing one song, the other loads up the next, which is then mixed in.
    You can hear this system as well – the way they drop in samples of other songs mid-loop would seem to fit my theory.

    They are a great band though, and their show is not to be missed! 🙂

  • poorsod

    Also. I think one of them is in charge of the lights, and the other the music? So two lemurs for music and one for lights. That's conjecture though.

  • now why didn't i think of that? – Looking at the Styrofoam.

  • man, i cant believe they have the lemurs all the way back behind the mixers. they have to be hunching over the table all the time. my back hurts just to think about it…

    shit, I'm getting old…

  • @dead_red_eyes …. agreed. Amps + electronics = delicious. Not necessarily advocating faux light-up Marshalls in a big wall. But it does sound like they're putting together a great show.

  • noiv

    I'm pretty sure they were using a microkontrol at the monolith festival (Red Rocks)… and after the outage the second time they threw it on the front of the stage, in which Xavier smashed it like a guitar before they left. So I wonder if they replaced it with the microkorg because Korg discontinued the microkontrol? Does it look like it's spitting a midi cable?

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  • spuff

    Its funny, they have a lot of money to have some big equipments, lemurs, zero8 and yet, they use a microkorg. I mean, there are better synths/midi controllers out there of that size.

  • Good that it really allows them to play live, not only Live. Shame that the music is as amazingly shit as it is.

  • gbsr

    @Blip: agreed.

  • Can someone post the photo of the ableton live proyect in hi res? i wanna se that!


  • dphouse84

    yes please, would lve to see that photo too of their ableton screen shot.

  • noiv

    here you go. at the end they throw something else…

  • those marshalls were not working, they were just boxes with lightbulbs inside.

  • neu

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  • That live DVD looks interesting. I love their heavy electronic sound!

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  • I saw them here in Seattle. I assumed that not much of what was going on was live, but it was still an amazing set. Those guys have a lot of talent even if they aren't doing all the much live, it beats showing up at the venue and seeing some f*g with an ibook or powerwhatever you call them and hit play and then dance to it (like girl talk, god that pissed me off!!)

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  • now if we could only find some proof that Justice ever actually uses this stuff…

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