Lately, it seems like more and more synthesists are sharing performance videos recorded in natural locations.
It’s a variation on the ‘dawless jam’ trend of electronic musicians wanting to get away making music on computers. By taking your gear out into nature to record performances, you’re not just getting away from computer-based music making, you’re moving into an an environment that may be inspirational, and one that provides an interesting backdrop for your performance.
In this video, synthesist Travis Dumais documents how he DIY’d a rig for mobile performance.
His setup is based around his electronic music gear and three items selected to make his rig portable:
- A folding gear stand, MacGyvered from a keyboard stand and plywood;
- A high-powered portable laptop charger (Amazon link); and
- A Zoom H6 portable audio recorder (Amazon link).
Here’s an example of a live performance he recorded with this setup:
Dumais is using a lot of gear in his setup; many musicians are recording performances on location with more minimal setups, all the way down to an iPad for making music and a cell phone for recording video. For electronic musicians with more gear-centric rigs, though, the approach of using a laptop charger or a USB mobile device charger, combined with a digital audio recorder, is popular.
Have you set up a mobile performance rig? If so, let us know about it in the comments!