Implementing Art #03 – Cico Beck (Joasihno)

Joasihno

 

My name is Cico Beck and I’m living at the moment in Muenster.

I have got some music projects running. Mostly it’s Joasihno that’s on my mind. Joasihno is a one-man-live looping band. The music is orientated at some Icelandic bands – for example Múm – or very nice Canadian minimal musicians – for example Ian Hawgood. I always try to keep in mind to do very honest and open sound.

A very new music project is Mannamanó. A very nice cello-player, who studies with me, is looping his cello to my more electronic sounds. Long songs!

And I am also playing in a Indie-Pop band called Missent to Denmark. There I use my laptop and Xylosynth setup – but I also play guitar, piano,… and some more.

Hardware

I use just a quite simple very normal “terra” laptop. Nothing special at all – but I thought of making a banana sticker on it. My operating system is Windows XP and I am happy with that one.

My most important controller is my Xylosynth. It’s a MIDI-Xylophon built by a 4-headed company in Great Britain. They start to build it, when it’s ordered – and it’s hand built. A very nice and special thing.

To control the single tracks in the laptop I use a M-Audio UC33e. I’m quite happy with that. It allows me to program everything via MIDI what I need to.

To control the loops I use a Behringer FCB 1010. It’s well built and didn’t make any trouble by now.

My audio interface is a M-Audio Mobile Pre. It has just 2 Inputs, but that’s enough for me. I use live a Mic and a acoustic guitar that are pluged in a simple Behringer Mixer. Via the Main out I got into the audio interface.

The three MIDI controllers I use (Xylosynth, UC33e, FCB 1010) are connected with the M-Audio midisport 4×4.

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Software

For live-looping I use Ableton Live 7 LE. I am very happy with that system! Ableton is very easy to use and there are a million things possible. I just have problems with recording in Ableton. Not technical – but more psychological….i do not feel really free in Ableton…like always on time. There’s no really fluid recording possible for me.

Process

Music creation is for me always very spontaneous. When I sit down and try to make new songs it doesn’t work. It comes quite immediately. If there is a new idea rising I play it very long (for hours?) in a loop. So for that I use Ableton. And then I try to record it as soon as possible to get it fixed. Also the final arrangement is made during the recording.

For the recording I use all instruments I can get! To get the songs finished I love to use some small things (like cups and glasses) as percussion instruments.

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Live

Generally I try to be as near as possible at the recorded version of the song. Sometimes I have to stretch the song a little bit, because I have to loop each voice single. Some special sounds (beats, basses and small overdubs for example “children screaming”) are not looped, but just started in Ableton. I use my MIDI foot-controller (the FCB 1010) for starting the recording of loops (Audio or Midi), for stopping them and for starting or stopping some extraordinary (prepared) stuff.

Dream Setup

At the moment I am dreaming of a MIDI-Masterkeyboard with good keys. Some of my new songs are based on piano and it’s not very nice to play it live on my Xylosynth. And a bigger audio interface would by nice, so I can have a click on my earphones but not on the main output. That way I could loop patterns without having a “basic” pattern that is running all the time.

Interview 19.02.2010

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