Ocelot – Beyonica (Live) from Tim Shaw on Vimeo.

Let’s again step back from the world of the industry to the realm of individual musicians and how they make tools make sounds. Tim Shaw’s music is a beautiful illustration of the ways in which brain and musical imagination can be connected to fingers and sound.

In his new project Ocelot, Tim pairs with Jeramy Bradfield and makes a sweet, square-based duet. Tim’s grid of squares comes from the monome and Ableton Live; Jeramy turns to the Akai MPC and effects pedals. (I assume the guitar we see gets used elsewhere in their performance.) They have a free download available, as well, in a nice coinciding release – it’s lovely to have the live performance go with the download and not only a sterile studio creation.

What this also demonstrates is that this stuff need not be the exclusive domain of the solo musician. By making music kinetic again – and not just loop-triggering – you can play with others.

Free download, for a limited time: https://soundcloud.com/o-c-e-l-o-t

That said, I also quite enjoy this solo video from Tim from last month. It makes use of two patches – mlrV and Soyuz – available for free from the monome.org community. And that in turn reminds us that the user community has been just as industrious as the folks who get paid, when it comes to producing creative ways of playing digital music live.

Floored – Tim Shaw (Performed using Monome) from Tim Shaw on Vimeo.

And, for something entirely different, here’s a sound installation in a cupboard – something no home should be without.

Cupboard Music – A Sound Installation by Tim Shaw from Tim Shaw on Vimeo.