Signal Path returns to three20south for NYE
Ryan Summerlin December 27, 2012
Denver’s Signal Path returns to three20south in Breckenridge for New Year’s Eve. The quartet splices technology with the instrumental sounds of guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, bajo quinto and, new this year, keyboard, for a unique electronica sound. The group is joined by Ableminds and D J F, and the entry fee includes a champagne toast at midnight. “Get your tickets early,” advises Ryan Burnett of Signal Path. Here, Burnett breaks down the group’s technique and what to expect on New Year’s:
I think people come to see us play live because they are getting the energy and experience of an electronic music show while also getting to experience the spontaneity and vibe of a live band performing.
We use a software program (Ableton Live) that is controlled with a foot pedal that allows us a sort of choose-our-own adventure approach to our songs. We’ve been (doing improv) a lot on the Feed The Bass tour so it’s been fun to draw things out longer when we’re feelin’ it. There is also a second computer that is synched via Ethernet, which is then synched to our bass player’s vintage midi step. If, during the show, your vision blurs and you feel so much bass hit your body that you think you might have to sit down and regain your equilibrium, its because of the vintage midi step. The computer adds the ability to incorporate samples and crap that nobody really wants to do live. For example, if you hear a dusty sample of Brenda Lee, that’s probably not one of us singing impeccably similar to Brenda Lee, or if you hear Mahalia Jackson soulfully belting out something awesome, that’s probably not happening live either, or Doomsday prepping Robot voices, not us – get it? We get to play all the fun stuff like the drums, the bass, the guitars and synthy stuff and mess around however we want. The computer is there as a tool to allow us to bring a part of our creative process in the studio live to our fans at a concert.
The keyboard changes the dynamic in pretty amazing ways. Cody frees us up to actually feel like a band again, and not just producers going through the motions of a live set. He’s given us the ability to do so many more things technically that we couldn’t do without him, as well as insight, production and just an exponential new amount of creative possibilities.
What I can say about this album is that we are going to make no compromises, and it’s going to be very different than anything you’ve ever heard a live band ever produce.
A high-energy night of music and a special evening with your friends that only happens on New Year’s Eve.