West coast electronic act “FTPP” explains how they collaborate today and their expectations for the Ohm Studio…

Robert LaDue and Matt Hettich attended together the California Institute Of The Arts some years ago and are good friends ever since. They already used to make music together at that time, as a band called “FTPP”. Then Matt moved to Oakland, while Robert stayed in Los Angeles: online musical collaboration became the obvious solution to keep their music plans up and going. Renoise is their sequencer of choice, and they told us in this quick interview how they manage their project files sharing and what they expect from the Ohm Studio… and their collaborative moves.

How long have you guys been making music together?

Since early 2007ish.   We met while attending Calarts.  We began the collaboration using the same process that we still use today; passing renoise files back and forth.

Why have you chosen Renoise to collaborate?

Renoise doesn’t use wav files, which is one of the reasons why we really enjoy it.  It sends compact ogg vorbis files (I think).  Each Renoise file can contain a large number of lengthy samples (i.e. multiple vocal takes, guitar parts, etc. ) and remain a relatively small size. The reason we chose this software has less to do with it’s small transferable project size and more to do with the features of the software, but the ease of file transfer definitely enabled us to keep up the collaboration after Matt moved to Oakland.

What do you like on it? And what you don’t like?

Renoise has so many fantastic features that are completely unique to the program that I will not even dare to start listing them.   However, most of what I would consider Renoise’s drawbacks are silmuntaneously it’s strong points.

For example, in Renoise you are forced to sequence in with Hexadecimal Numbers in ascending mod-tracking style.  This method of sequencing is a huge obstacle for new users and those considering giving renoise a try, but this unique platform was what initially attracted me to the program.

Before finding this “Renoise + project files transfer” way, had you tested any other tool/method or online collaboration tool?

As an alternative to Resnoise I use Nuendo, and Matt uses Max/MSP and Ableton Live (amongst other things).  We have often traded bounced files (of projects) back and forth to be worked on with these incompatible softwares.  These usually end up being finished in Nuendo on my end because  it’s a handy program to mix in.  We have also, of course, worked on music together in the same room. But faced with the alternative of using Renoise, all of these methods became completely meaningless to us.

Which limitation(s) of your current method you’d expect to overcome thanks to the Ohm Studio?

The thing that we are both excited about is the social networking side and the internet focus of the Ohm Studio.  I am not expecting Ohm Studio to be a replacement or a better version of the music software we are currently working with at all.   I am excited about it as a new type of social music software, a brand new avenue to explore.  I’m not even completely sure of all that Ohm Studio will be offering in terms of features, but despite what it will actually offer on it’s first release the possibilities for the growth of this product are seemingly endless.  This is what excites us!

Are you more into project sharing and asynchronous work or are you more into working together in real-time as msuch as possible?

I think that both of these features ( or methods ) are important and could be both vitally useful in different scenarios.  The ability to trade projects (or project sharing) is important because you can’t always schedule time to work together on music, but I’d also want to be able to work with him at the same time on a project whenever possible.

Are you expecting more advanced DAW/sequencer features or more social/collaborative ones?

I’m not telling you to ignone the features of your sequencer, as the goal for most users would be to make music, but the social aspect should always be the priority.  I feel that the addition of more features in your sequencer should never detract from the ability to work socially with them (the features).

In your personal case do you guys see the Ohm Studio as a tool to eventually optimize/boost the collaboration you already do, or also as a good way to find potential new collaborative partnerships?

I don’t think it will “easier” as much as it will be a new method of collaboration.   I am very excited to see who else is out in the “ohm community” and work on projects or tracks together.   It will be a great way to meet other musicians interested in collaborating that you would not normally meet any other way.

To listen to their collaborativer music, take a look at their Band Camp profile and you’ll find their first album “Phil Spectactor” free to be downloaded. They’re currently working on their second album which will be released on Circuitree Records and Proximal Records . Meanwhile you can also check their solo work: Robert’s performs under the “Denny Denny Breakfast” alias and his tunes can be also downloaded for free in his DDB band camp profile; while Matt performs under the “Wake” alias, whose solo efforts are on Wake’s band camp profile


5 Responses to “West coast electronic act “FTPP” explains how they collaborate today and their expectations for the Ohm Studio…”

  1. July 20, 2010 at 18:06

    Thanks for the inteview!
    Though Bob and I talked about these questions, I didn’t really get to respond and so I thought I’d write a bit…

    This is great– I’m very excited about the online collaborative potential of OHM… I’ve tried to work with people outside of the “Renoise Method” that Bob and I use, and it’s been terribly hard. My friend Panther God and I have made a few tracks by sending wavs back and forth, but it’s hard to work without the ability to communicate. I’m working with an MC (Nived The 3rd Eyed Monster) using dropbox to transfer files back and forth (which is nice) but I know there are more effective ways of distant-collaboration.

    I am excited to find new people to collaborate with and to expand my ability to collaborate with partners outside of the “Bob vs. Matt Renoise Experience”… I’m interested in OHMs ability to provide a social network for people who are interested in creating artwork together.

    Thanks again!
    ~Matt Hettich

  2. August 23, 2010 at 22:35

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  3. January 21, 2011 at 04:59

    Hello Everyone!!!!!

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