Christopher Tignor performs "Shapeshifting" live at Second Ward in Hudson, NY, May 2015 from the album "Along a Vanishing Plane".
No loops, no tracks:
Live performance software free at wiresundertension.com/soft
I wanted to create a way to play solo that would let me wield the bodily language and temporal freedom of expressive instrumental music with the full palette of modern electronic forces. No pre-recorded "tracks", no click tracks, not even any live looping that would enforce a strict grid. I wanted time back in electronic music.
All sounds originate from me kicking a drum, playing the violin, or various natural percussion sources. This offers an unprecedented amount of control over this music's elastic sense of time, a quality I find refreshing amidst so much grid-based electronic music.
Also prominently featured in this video is my use of the tuning fork as a musical instrument. Every tuning fork gesture begins with me striking percussion and then resonating the fork against the bridge of my violin. There, its singular pitch conducts through my pickup into the computer. Using custom software, intimate melodies spring from this single note, transposing and delaying the original tone. By switching between melodies with a pedal, I weave the framework of this song's evolving narrative. Hey, I'm giving this software away for free at my site: wiresundertension.com