Having created one of the most visually exciting shows we’ve seen and condensed its operation into a portable package, Joachim Garraud is now one of the hottest live electronic acts on the planet.
In association with Serato, Joachim has developed a way to manipulate video via USB MIDI and add live keytar cue points. In fact, he can change his set just like a DJ: loop, speed up and slow down the show and manipulate the audio and video experience just as if he were playing a CD.
Future Music recently headed to the outskirts of Paris and caught up with Joachim in his studio to find out more.
Custom Serato Scratch Live setup
“This version is customised by myself and Serato and I only play back videos. The show is a full production in HD so I only use MOV files and my team help me make the videos for each track.”
“This is my preferred choice of mixer as I have it pre-mapped to control the software.”
“The CDJ talks to Serato over USB MIDI and acts as a remote control for the video. So if I loop on the CDJ remote, Serato loops the video. The Pioneer pulls the movie information through onto the screen so you can select the movies in Serato, using the CDJ-2000.”
“I use the keytar as a MIDI controller for Serato; I use the notes to trigger cue points. This means that the keytar can trigger any riffs I choose, but it will also trigger the video so I can cut the video and audio in real-time.
“This is the cool one, the [Roland] AX-1. They stopped making these in 1992, though, so I have to buy them from eBay. I actually have five black ones and one red one! I tried the new one that came out recently, the AX-7, but it was too big and heavy for me. I like the idea that I am making music of the future with these tools of the past.”
Apple iSight camera
“This enables me to do video live. I use it to prove to the crowd that I am actually playing live and it streams right through into the screens.”