My self-compiled lives-1.0.4 never brings up the GUI properly, it crashes on loading libvis.so. Removal of libvis.so remedies this particular problem.
(Now I'm stuck at "starting jack audio server", but that may be due to me working in an NX session.)
gdb output and backtrace is attached.
With lives-1.0.3, it just works. Furthermore, 1.0.3 warns me about jack hindering the start of lives on some systems and lets me choose sox instead. If I select sox, the program properly appears.