Ocelot – Beyonica (Live) from Tim Shaw on Vimeo.

Let’s again step back from the world of the industry to the realm of individual musicians and how they make tools make sounds. Tim Shaw’s music is a beautiful illustration of the ways in which brain and musical imagination can be connected to fingers and sound.

In his new project Ocelot, Tim pairs with Jeramy Bradfield and makes a sweet, square-based duet. Tim’s grid of squares comes from the monome and Ableton Live; Jeramy turns to the Akai MPC and effects pedals. (I assume the guitar we see gets used elsewhere in their performance.) They have a free download available, as well, in a nice coinciding release – it’s lovely to have the live performance go with the download and not only a sterile studio creation.

What this also demonstrates is that this stuff need not be the exclusive domain of the solo musician. By making music kinetic again – and not just loop-triggering – you can play with others.

Free download, for a limited time: https://soundcloud.com/o-c-e-l-o-t

That said, I also quite enjoy this solo video from Tim from last month. It makes use of two patches – mlrV and Soyuz – available for free from the monome.org community. And that in turn reminds us that the user community has been just as industrious as the folks who get paid, when it comes to producing creative ways of playing digital music live.

Floored – Tim Shaw (Performed using Monome) from Tim Shaw on Vimeo.

And, for something entirely different, here’s a sound installation in a cupboard – something no home should be without.

Cupboard Music – A Sound Installation by Tim Shaw from Tim Shaw on Vimeo.


  • Hatertronix

    What you twerkn with! Serious dude this shit gets no traction in California.. I think the SP-303 came out a while back.. all this quantized fake performance shit looks and sounds the same.. no one is bumping that music.. and no one is hyped in the club to see that.. this is more jerk off jams..

    • Automatic

      Daedelus is from Cali. He does this stuff. People LOVE his shit.

      Just sayin 😉

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.shaw.963434 Tim Shaw

      My next album is going to be called ‘Jerk Off Jams’, its a great title. Thanks hatertronix.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Can hatertronix be the label? Or perhaps haterade?

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      does sound a bit more like a line of really raunchy-sounding glitch effects pedals…

  • Kaff

    For a second there I thought this was going to be about oCeLoT from California: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XSti_ron-Q, or Ocelot from Texas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ltQRQfXByU, or Ocelot from Czech Republic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkZ5AQ-hah8

  • Patrick Flanagan

    I think the next big thing in live electronic music will be higher tables. Seriously. Spending 60 minutes hunched over a controller with your wrists curved back is just awkward and fatiguing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sero.dontknow Sero Dontknow

    It is nice to see these type of performances shown around more and more…I agree that this is quantised music (even if the mpc is played in some way live even if the hit can be quantized)…and I personally believe there is beauty in each type of music (quantized or not) if it touches your mind…
    One only thing concern me on CDM without offence to anyone:
    There are a lot of good things out there and monome and mpc use is not a big “innovative” element in computer music…
    What turns to my mind is that CDM do not look at innovation that much but perhaps only to show friends’ work?
    Correct me if I am wrong.

    Anyway to Tim Shaw, I really liked your song .

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      I don’t think every single performance needs necessarily to “innovate.” Music, even in experimental music, comes out of tradition and growth over time.

      Yes, I would call the people whose work I post “friends.” But I sort of consider everyone making music a friend. I’m a friendly person.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sero.dontknow Sero Dontknow

      Thanks for the answer Peter.
      Much appreciated.
      Probably it is my sense for seeing innovation in every corner that spoke out.
      I am a monome user myself so this is probably why I react in this way…seeing what you do everyday also on CDM sometime is tiring.

      Keep up the good work

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Yes, of course, that will certainly demystify it! Honestly, perhaps what we could use is a new class of controllers. It’s a shame that the direction the arc went didn’t catch on with other ideas – since clearly the arc is not for everyone (made to a beautiful, but specific design)