Tycho is on the road and we’ve still got plenty of dates coming up. Last night was Chicago’s Lincoln Hall — thanks by the way to everyone there, we had an incredible time. Tonight we’ll be playing one of our favorite venues, The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI. This will be our second time playing the Crofoot and if last time was any indication, this should be something special.
I just finished up programming the lighting on a new rig we had made (an Arduino-controlled LED array designed by Michael Potvin. We debuted the system in Chicago last night and everything seemed to work well. Should look really cool tonight with the Crofoot’s already amazing lighting system. We also built a custom 20ft. screen for this tour so all visual elements should be really solid tonight. If you aren’t anywhere near Pontiac, we still have a string of dates coming up, hopefully one in your town:
JUL 07 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
JUL 08 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
JUL 10 – The Hoxton – Toronto, Canada
JUL 11 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, Canada
JUL 12 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
JUL 13 – Camp Bisco 11 – Pattersonville, NY
JUL 14 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
JUL 16 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
JUL 17 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
JUL 18 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
JUL 19 – Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
JUL 20 – The Outland – Springfield, MO
JUL 22 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
We’re heading out again in September so if your town is not on this list, hopefully we’ll have you covered next time around. We’ve also go a couple surprises coming up overseas so stay tuned. Hope everyone is having a great summer, see you soon!
After a short break I’m on the road again, this time we’re out for a 4 week run through the US and Canada – see all dates here. The new visuals are coming along nicely and a lot of it will be included in the upcoming shows.
Been a while since I posted here I know, been slammed with work lately. Just finished up a couple remixes (details TBA) and my first outside design gig in years (album cover / poster art). All that stuff and some more will start to see the light of day later this year I’d imagine. Planning on finishing up the next couple tours then heading back to the studio to get the next Tycho release started.
JUN 25 Reno, NV
JUN 27 Salt Lake City, UT
JUN 28 Fort Collins, CO
JUN 29 Denver, CO
JUN 30 Colorado Springs, CO
JUL 02 Lawrence, KS
JUL 03 St Louis, MO
JUL 05 Minneapolis, MN
JUL 06 Chicago, IL
JUL 07 Pontiac, MI
JUL 08 Cleveland, OH
JUL 10 Toronto, Canada
JUL 11 Montreal, Canada
JUL 12 Portland, ME
JUL 13 Pattersonville, NY
JUL 14 New York, NY
JUL 16 Pittsburgh, PA
JUL 17 Columbus, OH
JUL 18 Milwaukee, WI
(probably adding a few more dates at the end, stay tuned)
The vinyl and digital of Tycho’s “Dive” single w/ remixes from Memoryhouse and Keep Shelly In Athens are out and available on the shop. Below are some details, i’d grab the clear opaque vinyl which is very limited and won’t be repressed.
The clear opaque vinyl is limited to 300 pressings, exclusively available through The Ghostly Store & ISO50.
The standard vinyl is limited to 700 pressings worldwide.
Each standard weight vinyl version features a 2-panel, 3mm spine, stock art jacket with a matte finish inserted in paper dust sleeves.
The title track on Tycho’s long-awaited Dive LP is just that—a ripple effect record that sounds like three songs in one, as if sound/graphic designer Scott Hansen just discovered prog-rock and decided to apply its winding passages to his own singular blend of sinewy synths and bleached beats. It’s also the first Tycho song to feature a prominent guest musician; guitarist Zac Brown, in this case, who paints outside the lines of Hansen’s halcyon hooks with restless rhythms and monorail-like riffs.
The “Dive” single fleshes things out even further, as Keep Shelly in Athens and Memoryhouse—both rising underground artists in their own right—cut Hansen’s cloud-scraping composition in half and slow his cruise control chords down to a crawl. The misty vocal melodies are still there, but they’re now floating through an embryonic assembly of jittery cicadas, rusty gears, and lean loops that are both welcoming and a bit woozy. The sonic equivalent of staring at the sun for too long, really, or two sides of the same cracked mirror.
To cap off our European tour, our friends at Miscelanea in Barcelona will be hosting us for a small show this Thursday (1-3-12). Only 80 spots available! We’ll have a lot of poster prints and Tycho vinyl there as well. Hope to see you there…
Visuals are a big part of the Tycho live show and I’m often asked how they were created and presented in a live setting. The answer is VDMX, a modular video performance platform. For those of you familiar with video editing / effecting, you could think of it as a stripped down, real-time version of After Effects where every parameter is controllable via various protocols (MIDI, OSC) and even by other parameters. It can mix multiple sources using blending modes like multiply and color burn all while utilizing Quartz Composer effects.
I’ve been using VDMX for a few years now and it’s become one of those tools that I can’t live without. Because it’s modular, VDMX’s interface can be arranged in any way you prefer. I personally use three video decks with and effects bin on each and then a master effects bin. I trigger clips and modulate parameter via MIDI over IP from Reaper running on a Macbook Pro w/ a Vertex 3 MAX IOPS drive (VDMX eats data bandwidth alive!).
VDMX is an incredibly deep and flexible application which I have yet to see any real limitation to. The workflow and functionality is so abstract that there are myriad ways to accomplish pretty much anything you can think of. And therein lies the only real problem I can find with VDMX; the flexibility and modularity afforded by the abstract way in which the application functions comes at the expense of usability. The learning curve is very steep and many of the initial concepts are a little tough to wrap your head around. Vidvox (the developers of VDMX) have put together some great tutorial videos which can help move the learning process along.
Thankfully a new version is out, and with it come some very helpful additions and changes. VDMX 5 is an entirely new program, written from the ground up. For those coming from older versions a lot of the way VDMX works will feel familiar. But you’ll quickly notice that some subtle changes in workflow make a big difference. I just started learning the new version during this current tour and it was pretty straight forward.
VDMX, while certainly not geared toward the casual user, is one of those apps that will allow you to grow into it. The relatively steep learning curve will pay off pretty quickly when you realize just what it’s capable of.