Digibone is an animistic world of live electronics where the viscoelastic qualities of the slide trombone invoke shifting digital sprites and topographies. Technically, digibone is a performance environment for live processing and sampling of structured improvisations on the trombone, sometimes along with algorithmically-generated compositions.
For software I use both MAX/MSP and Ableton Live, and for hardware I use a trombone, midi controller, expression pedal and a custom-hacked practice mute with a microphone inside. My setup allows me to alternate between an open mic, in which case the audience hears both the acoustic and processed sounds, and the practice mute, which isolates the electronics and turns the trombone into a kind of digital audio controller. I’ve been practicing and performing with these tools since 2002.
These tracks below are from a 2009 recording session that was never released, shared here via Bandcamp under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license. All tracks were recorded in a single take with no overdubs or editing, as in a live performance.
I am working on a new solo trombone/computer album that I plan to record in 2018. Thanks for listening.