If battles are a way to explore things you wouldn’t normally do, here’s something I’ve never done: play part of a song live on the OP-1 and record a video of it.
- You must submit a video which clearly shows you playing all or part of your song on your OP-1.
- You must use the element LFO set to the g-force sensor on at least one instrument. This is to inspire a bit of movement in your performance.
- External sounds (radio, instruments, other synths, etc.) are permitted but only as samples, played back via the sampler / drum sampler.
- Video editing is permitted but discouraged.
The quality of the video doesn’t matter – use your phone camera suspended from your desk with your OP-1 on the floor; use your laptop’s webcam pointing down at your OP-1, anything you like as long as we can see what is going on.
The audio quality does matter. Ideally, connect your OP-1 audio output straight into your camera’s audio input when recording the video. If you can’t, record audio on the OP-1 and inject it into the video afterwards.
Unlike Battle 55, the goal is not necessary to create the whole song in one live take. Tape playback and sequencer engines are allowed. But there must be an obvious connection between the video we see and the sounds we hear.
- create a backing track on tape, then perform a melody part live on the video
- sequence your track, then “play” the sequencer and effects live
- create short tape loops, then manipulate them live like in Battle 55
- all of the above!
The deadline is 1 month (5 weeks) from now: Sunday 23rd June. It’s 2 days after the June solstice. Maybe that can inspire you!