Here's a fantastic, grainy clip of Andre Duracell playing in London last year, with more clips here and here (check out the guy stroking his chin, dancing a bit, then getting something in his eye...). Andre uses a drum kit with audio triggers going into a Nord Modular G2 rack, which fire off a load of sequences, letting him play video game soundtracks like Space Harrier. Sometimes, the G2 is played through a Marshall stack. There's a good Flickr set of a Duracell gig here, his MySpace page is here, and his home page is here.
Posted by Tom Whitwell.
He's got triggers, sure. But it's not that simple. He's going through a sequence and has bits that he recognize to break up the song. So the performance requires a lot of rehersal to get the transitions between the parts/movements. It's impressive.
I've experimented the other way, playing my keyboard while hooked up to a midi drum map. It comes off very programmed and video-gamey as this does.
Kind of nifty that he does it with technology, but I would much rather just see Lightning Bolt do it better. He even stole their "just set up on the floor and have people crowd around you" set-up.
Interesting but unrelated tidbit: Brian Gibson, Lightning Bolt's bassist, was part of the team that worked on the Guitar Hero game. Too bad they didn't stick in an LB song as a bonus round, that would be awesome.
Along similar lines is VFX (Tony Verderosa), who has a big hybrid drumkit with both acoustic and electronic drum pads. The electric drum pads are hooked up to sample and sequence triggers. He basically does realtime techno mixes.
Yeah, it's cool he's unashamed enough to do a LBolt cover in the midst, but fuck this guy is the fucking raddest!!! I'd like to see him & LB do a show together, either ends of the room, and do assassins together! Peoples heads would straight pop!