Seeing Deerful play live, and some thoughts on mobile music performace


And in this performance an PO as well. In fact, in this show by Deerful, everything was battery powered, and I have to say that it worked beautifully.

You might remember Deerful from a video I posted a little while ago:

I’m a big fan of her work and so it was great to see her live for the first time at the Shacklewell Arms last Friday. It was an excellent performance. Deerful synth based pop is delicate, subtle and crafted with care. But just because it’s synth pop doesn’t mean it’s disposable, on the contrary her music is full of meaning and her lyrics are well worth several listens.

But apart from being battery powered you might be wondering why she’s getting a mention on PalmSounds, well that’s a good question and an easy answer too. Deerful is making music with a lot of mobile devices and apps too. In fact, her latest release (iTunes link) has been made with an OP-1 and NanoStudio on an iPad Mini. Moon Maps is one of the tracks on this release and I have to say that I’ve played it quite a few times now. I keep coming back.

But that’s not the only release from Deerful that I’ve enjoyed. City Bells (iTunes link) is also excellent and is probably one of the only songs I know of that has the word ‘Michaelmas’ in it, and yes, it rhymes too. If that wasn’t enough then Emma (Deerful) is also a part of School of Noise too, and if you don’t know what that is then click the link and find out, you won’t be sorry.

But playing with an all battery powered rig has it’s challenges too. Before the gig Emma talked to me about the challenges it creates and how a constant reliance on batteries can make one somewhat nervous. I can understand that having done it myself.


But none of this had any impact on her performance, which was wonderful. Polished and yet emotional. Even though this little rig was small enough to fit on this tiny table it gave a big sound and all very complimentary too. Throughout the gig there wasn’t one song I didn’t enjoy.

But there was one song that really stood out for me for a couple of reasons.


Emma introduced this song by assuring everyone in the audience that she wasn’t going to play it on a pocket calculator. Of course it was a Teenage Engineering PO (a robot I think). And the track was amazing. Really amazing. I hope that she releases it in the not too distant future. It was awesome to see someone perform with a PO device, and do it so competently as well, but to see and here this track and vocal were amazing. I can’t stress it enough.

So if you get a chance to see Emma (Deerful) then I’d strongly suggest that you take the opportunity. You won’t be sorry at all.

Video:0:22 / 3:02 MeeBlip SE ver 1.31 and midiSTEPs Jam – haQ attaQ DIY

Video description:

“Sequencing MeeBlip with midiSTEPs!”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

midiSTEPs on the app store:

Video: Viking Synth by Blamsoft with AUM by Kymatica, iPad Demo

Video description:

Viking Synth by Blamsoft with AUM by Kymatica, iPad Demo”

Video published by The SoundTestRoom.

Viking Synth on the app store:

AUM on the app store:

Navichord 2.0.3 adds Link and much more

So here’s what’s new in Navichord:

  • Chord sequencer
  • Metronome
  • Ableton Link support
  • Audiobus Remote trigger to play/stop chord progressions
  • iTunes file sharing for pad presets

Weekly round ups now available as PDFs

If you’re interested I’ve just put up a page where I’ll be keeping all the weekly round ups. You can get them via a link or download them as PDFs too. I’m also planning a newsletter for these too, so watch out for that soon.

Hope you find these useful.

Now libPd apps can be Link enabled

yesterday Peter Brinkman of Patchfield fame tweeted this link. I’m guessing it’ll be useful for anyone working in libPd right now?

Video: MESSE 2016: Patchblocks Keyboard and More

Video description:

“Sabastian takes us through the Patchblocks Keyboard and more!”

Video published by SonicState.

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