How I Play: Octave One Shows Off Their Live Techno Setup

In today’s video, we take a closer look at the impressive live rig used by notorious techno savants and live performers, Octave One. The duo is famous for their live shows, which they’ve perfected for over 20 years. Watch the full interview in today’s How I Play feature, and get a sense of what it takes to run such a multi-faceted setup.

Octave One

This collaborative sibling duo has made music for a long time together – over two decades. The brothers, Lenny and Lawrence Burden, have their onstage relationship mapped out with precision. Lawrence runs a 32-channel mixing board onstage, while Lenny is at the helm of a wide array of sequencers and synthesizers. There’s enough analog and MIDI gear in the booth that it feels more like a studio, and less like a touring setup – but they take this live rig around the world for shows.

Watch Full-Length Octave One Sets On This Rig

Wondering how it all comes together, but don’t see a tour date for Octave One near you soon? Don’t worry – there’s a number of full-length sets online. Here are two sets that use a setup very close to what’s featured in this How I Play:

Octave One’s Producitons

As you might expect with this big of a setup, Lenny and Lawrence also do a fair amount of studio production work as well. They’ve just put out a brand new remix of Dave Clarke’s “The Wolf” – released on Skint Records. Listen to it below:

Special thanks to the former club Mighty in San Francisco for allowing us to film on location during Octave One’s sound check. 

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