Stephen Paul Smoker just released his long awaited album Ripe Fruit on Kilo Records and it is looking and sounding great! Be sure to check out the vinyl on sale here. I had the pleasure of recording with the Pilsen band and will join the stage with them at the Empty Bottle on Friday April 27th in Chicago. Doors open at 10pm. The record is also available through iTunes.
The Akai APC40 is a midi controller instrument that controls audio clips, effects and virtual instruments in a live setting. The grid design of the instrument provides an angle to writing music that is very different from composing and performing on a traditional piano. The buttons illuminate when they are actively playing an audio clip creating a choreographed light show to the music.