I’ll confess that I’ve taken swipes at one-man “laptop rock” bands, as I’ve seen more shitty ones than good ones. I’ve also seen more than enough really shitty “real” bands playing a full freakin’ orchestra of instruments.
With that said, I’ve also seen some laptop artists that have continually blown me away, such as (but in no way limited to) Abelcain, Mimetic, Cervello Elettronico, and the tall, handsome fella that wrote this: Clint Sand of synnack/Monochrome/(formerly)Cut.Rate.Box. Listen to synnack HERE: www.myspace.com/synnack
Read on, and get rockin’!
By the way, I’m loving that these blogs are inspiring others to write about their areas of knowledge or expertise. PLEASE share them with me. I can’t promise that I’ll crosspost every one (especially if it’s something I’ve already covered), but if it’s good info I’m more than happy to post the link. This is meant as a resource of ALL good information for what a lot of us do and it’s not about it all coming from me (obviously).
EDIT- DJ INTONER provided this link also worth checking out! http://createdigitalmusic.com/2009/07/21/take-it-to-the-stage-reflections-on-live-laptop-music-from-artists/
And another link from Clint: http://www.monolake.de/interviews/supercomputing.html