Ambient Dream-Pop Improv Set with OP-Z, OP-1

I’ve recently been developing a portable daw-less improv performance rig based around the OP-Z, OP-1 and various FX pedals. This is a 30 min-ish single shot take (mistakes and all!) of some music-making.

Things that may be worth noting to those keen on such things…. OP-1 is being used as the ambient noise & melody machine. I have various OP-1 tape loops and instruments set up on it. It’s running through the Chase Bliss Mood and Dark World pedals, then into the Frostwave resonator (for filtering), Boss DM-C, PN-2 and Strymon Timeline.

The OP-Z is being controlled by the FaderFox UC4 Midi controller. They work really nicely together, and it gives fader level control and 8 buttons which I map to various mute groups. The OP-Z is then going through the Elektron Analog Heat for filtering and colour and the Eventide Space pedal for big washy shimmer verbs.

You may also notice the use of the Tuner pedal. This is used to ensure that I know what key the OP-Z is in, so when I’m playing notes in the OP-1 I don’t hit anything too badly out of key!

I’m also experimenting with adding extra drums with the Pocket Operator PO32. This is sync’d via the OPZ’s oplab module.

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