Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a set of improvisations by Matt Davignon, using a solo drum machine, with no effects.
Davignon is best known for his music for drum machines, usually augmented by live looping and effects. In this video, he plays just the machine.
Recorded live at San Francisco’s Luggage Store Gallery, where there’s an experimental music concert every Thursday night.
Here’s what Davignon has to say about the performance:
I usually play drum machine with a bunch of fx pedals to get unusual sounds. For this set, I only used the drum machine itself.
The second improvisation (starting at 5:52) involved starting with a kit where all the pads have the exact same sound, and tuning it as I go.
The last improvisation (starting at 22:40) involves starting with a default TR-808 kit.