Some people release remixable stems. Some people release little tools or utilities. Glitch Factory is a complete tool set for live performance, combining performance presets, an Ableton Live set, and even remixable track stems. It’s like getting to borrow someone else’s computer to see how they play – after they first cleaned everything up and made it usable for you. It’s a chance to break out of your performance world and walk in someone else’s shoes for a bit, then use that starting point to warp things into your own musical aims.

The work of Mr. Bill and Will Marshall, two Australian producers, it’s yet another example of how custom software setups, hardware mappings, and musical content can combine into an idiomatic musical environment.

APC mappings. Click for larger version.

Mr. Bill writes:

Will Marshall and I have collaborated on putting together a template for playing live sets through Ableton with the APC40. I’d already had a fair idea of what I wanted to do before the collaboration seems I’d been playing off the APC40 for well over a year now, however running the default script for it was a little bit limiting.

Just a short note on the scripts, basically in Lives preferences you select which script to APC40 reads to behave the way it does (so stock standard the script you use is just called APC40), however we’ve created a new script that comes in the pack with the template that you load up, and this changes the behaviour of the controller. So for instance there’s now LED PPM meters on it, and bank selecting is much more efficient (for this template anyway), also there’s momentary mutes, and momentary effect holds, basically we hacked the script so it does custom things.

The pack also comes with 4 tunes worth of stems in it (3 of my tunes and 1 of Will Marshall’s) to get people started straight away.

Installation instructions:

And a complete walkthrough:

It’s a fascinating idea. US$20. If you try it, let us know what you think.

http://willmarshall.me/products/glitch-factory

  • Thewholeheart

    Can you play it with launch pad?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mrbillstunes Bill Day

      Currently you can not, but we plan to make another script/template for Launchpad & Ohm64.

  • Forekaster

    I’ll give it a try. thats a very intuitive layout for me, some of it is much better that what im currently doing to achieve the same functions. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001138444109 Mutis Mayfield
    • EATYone

      Thanks for this link

    • willrjmarshall

      If you want to do custom stuff it definitely is worth learning the LiveAPI. That said, if you’re not already a programmer it’s a … steep … learning curve.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001138444109 Mutis Mayfield

      Sure but if you check the “Download Files” Section you could find the FCB1010 APC40 emulator script with “constant.py” (or something called like this) where with some basic midi messaging knowledge you can perform interesting things.
      ;)

  • Appunderground

    How much does it cost to get my product featured on CDM?

    • willrjmarshall

      $41,942.24

    • youngcircle

      Why do you read this blog if you think the author’s integrity is in question? These and more questions could be answered with a proper exposé on the modern Troll, it’d be a great read. I mean, I know you guys like Hot Pockets, but other than that I’m totally unfamiliar with your enigmatic ways

  • john

    What are the specs for the computer in the Demo?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mrbillstunes Bill Day

      Not ridiculously fast. This could run on almost all current machines (certainly on a MacBook).

  • Properhandsome

    Is it usable on a apc20 or is there any plans to do a stripped back version for one?

    • http://twitter.com/Properhandsome Proper Handsome

      Anyone?

  • gesslr

    Wow. This is the first thing I’ve seen that actually makes me consider getting an APC40. I have an OHM64 though and eagerly await your version for that. Really nice work.

  • Ecosol Global

    Informative post but I have to do research to understand what the software does. Hehe. Thanks!