There was a time not so long ago when live interactive electronic music meant carrying a Hammond organ the weight and proportions of a Volkswagen — or, more recently, turntable musicians who could be mistaken for pallbearers. No more. Ableton‘s new Live software means entire gigs can be performed on a PowerBook or iBook. It’s simple and streamlined enough that musical newcomers will be creating their own tunes — and simple enough for us more advanced computer musicians to abuse to create wild, unpredictable new noises. Like much revolutionary version 1 software, it’s not without flaws, but even some of its bugs are fun.
Now that the Apple `Books are full-fledged musical instruments — and some of your PowerPage staff are hitting the road gigging with them (and you thought we spent all our time just obsessing about luggage), it’s only natural that we start keeping track of Apple-based music performances. Click read more for the latest performances in NYC and Philly, including your intrepid associate editor. And e-mail me if you’re gigging with your `Book; I’d love to make this a regular feature.