Video and Pics of Favorite Moments with Percussa AudioCubes from the First 9 Years

Looking Back

I got my first set of Percussa AudioCubes in late 2009. They have informed and inspired so many of my songs and have been an integral element of my live performances throughout the years. With my 10th anniversary approaching this year I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite moments with the AudioCubes to date and also offer some thoughts on where I’m heading next with the AudioCubes.

The AudioCubes are a collection of wireless intelligent light emitting objects, capable of detecting each other’s location and orientation, and user gesture (Wikipedia)

Before we go any further I first wanted to offer huge thanks to Bert and Celine from Percussa who have provided musicians and multimedia artists with such an innovative, transformative, and expressive solution that allows us to build custom signature “instruments” for studio, performances, and installations. I especially appreciate their willingness to listen and incorporate feedback year after year to support artists.

The Evolution of AudioCubes in My Video and Pics

AudioCubes have gone through several revisions, with the latest version, the Wireless AudioCubes PRO, featuring full wireless communication and high end materials and components.

Through the years I’ve upgraded my cubes and all my cubes are now AudioCubes PRO so you’ll see various generations in the pics and videos.

Videos

I don’t always do covers, but when I do I play Daft Punk. I’m using the Theremin pitch-to-MIDI and the AudioCubes to drive virtual instruments and effects in Ableton Live. The AudioCube on the Theremin is in Sensor mode giving me 4 more dimensions of gestural control. Other AudioCubes are in Sender/Receiver Pairs allowing me to use MIDI notes to control effects. Some of the cubes are hey are receiving lighting automation commands from dummy clips in Live.
The Bob Moog Foundation invited me to bring an AudioCube-based instillation Mountain Oasis Festival 2013 to be part of Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience. The installation combines AudioCubes with a custom Ableton Live template allowing the 1-4 players to launch clips and apply effects. As the AudioCubes sensors use infrared they can respond to each other, hands, and light.
This is a live performance of the song “Alone” from my album Reboot. I’m using 3 AudioCubes in Sensor mode. While Normally I use sensor mode to modulate parameters, for this piece I used the sensors are triggering MIDI Notes. This allows me to play notes and chords using my hands and cubes (as seen around 1;25 in this video).
This is a live recording of “Before We Wake“. This live version made was the actual version that is on my album Fear Cannot Save Us. I’m using a VST in Ableton Live to convert the pitch of a Moog Etherwave Plus to MIDI. I discovered if you put an AudioCube on top of the Theremin doesn’t interfere with antennas even though it’s in the control zone. The AudioCube is in sensor mode and adds for more dimensions of control
This is a recording of a live performance of “I Can See Them” from my album
I Hear Your Signals at the Pacific Northwest Synthfest in Seattle. The AudioCubes on each side of my rig are in the role of Receivers. They are both receiving lighting automation commands from dummy clips in Live. The cube in my hand is a Sender and is triggering various scenes in Ableton Live as well as notes for virtual synths. A 4th cube is in Sensor mode and used to repressively control various effects in Ableton Live.
This is an excerpt from the song “Control Zone” on my album I Hear Your Signals. As with the video for “Before We Wake”, I’m using the AudioCube to gain 4 more dimensions of gestural control.
I found this video from way back in 2011. I was doing a talk on the AudioCubes and how they use them via Skype from Boulder to Seattle beaming into the Pacific Northwest Synthfest. I also talk a bit about the installation I created with the AudioCubes.
AudioCubes in sound design using the cubes to change intensity of virtual voltage and to move patch cables.
An example of using AudioCubes in Sound Design.

Pictures

Looking Forward

In 2019, after a multi-year walkabout to focus on performance improv, I’ve returned to the studio and released a new single “Disconnected“. I’m now designing a show rig that will allow my to perform old and new compositions and apply what I’ve learned about improv as well as continue to find ways to blend composition and improv in live performance. AudioCubes will be a part of my live rig so stay tuned on my blog or email newsletter for announcements on releases and events.

Percussa’s journey continues as well and they have been busy over the last few years and have designed and brought to market the Super Signal Processor (SSP) Eurorack Modle and the System 8 Desktop Wireless Modular System that works with AudioCubes Pro.

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