Percussa micro super signal processor

At the end of the day, what motivates extra technical preparation is the same thing that drives musicians to practice scales or work long hours in the studio: that extra discipline can pay off in real freedom of expression.

So, it’s moving to hear St. Vincent talk about musicality as the end point for onstage computer-based coordination. In the behind-the-scenes video, you can see how the band combines Ableton Live, a loaded rack of instruments in Propellerhead Reason (presumably running via ReWire into Live), and a whole big mess of pedals. Interestingly, MIDI triggers for those pedals helped focus on performance and not on foot switching, a reminder that computer tech can benefit guitarists, too.

And the results are wondrous: that technology isn’t just there for the sake of it, but because it’s a set of instruments for the band. The tech is keeping pace with their expansive musical imaginations – both Annie Erin Clark and her talented band. More: