Vectorman wrote:I guess for a lot of people who make modern electronic club music, that's about the only kind of live performance they can realistically give, since so much is based around arpeggiator and step sequencer-driven lines that don't lend themselves to actually being "played" per se. Clearly there are a lot of people who like going to see performances that consist of triggering sound bites and fading prerecorded tracks in and out on a mixer and tweaking filters and that's cool. I suppose it's a performance art of a different sort. It's just not my thing.
One of the worst live electronics acts I've ever seen was Daft Punk. They had a giant live console in front of them and all they were doing was mixing in parts together. To be fair, it was an early tour in support of "Homework" and every live recording I've heard from them since sounded far more exciting.
The very best live electronic act I've seen, at least in the sense that you're speaking of, was Roni Size and Reprazent. Live singer, live MC, live drummer, live bassist, and a bunch of guys standing around triggering S-760's. It was the live musicians who made the show exciting. Same goes for Underworld, The Prodigy, and Armin Van Buuren. The Advent is the most exciting all electronic act I've seen.
People used to like our live shows when I was with Nara and I think that had something to do with our music being mostly improvised. People became a lot less interested when we went computer-based and mostly pre-programmed.