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Tuesday, August 10
I once saw Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger at a set some months back where he showcased his own compositions written for strings and electric guitar. It was part of a noise art exposition I had no idea he'd be part of.
His set up was remarkable: a semicircle of guitar amps (some 15 or so) wrapped around a full string orchestra. For every amp, a different guitarist. The piece: drowning sound, or, rather, big, lush, angry chords that die off and slowly go flat. The unison chords (cued in legato by conductor) went from left-to-right, creating a hyper stereophonic experience, sort of like hearing sound melt. I can still recall the anxiety and the very real hopelessness of it. It was awesome.
It got me thinking of a set up that I'd (hypothetically) want to do: Same set up, but instead of playing one massive, sinking chord on cues, the left-to-right functionality would be timed, per chord tone.
Idea: left-to-right, but in sequence of eighth notes per chord tone:
(FM9) F G A C E F G ASo you'd eventually hear the chord developed once all the tones are fully introduced from left-to-right in eighth note pulses. Think of a gigantic, left-to-right arpeggio.
(Esus) E F# A B D E F# A
...in a CATHEDRAL.
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