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Re: question on bowing
Paul Reisler wrote:
> ...Something very satisfying about getting new sounds from acoustic
i agree. over at the chain-tape collective, we just finished a compilation
all acoustically-sourced material. this was a very refreshing change from
more typical *throw-every-piece-of-electronics-into-the-signal-path*
and i think a few new sounds were created in the process...
> One of my neighbors is the new conductor of the New York Philharmonic.
> another neighbor who is also a composer was going on and on to Maazel
> how he could make all these sounds on his computer indicating he could
> make sounds the orchestra couldn't. Maazel looked right at the guy and
> said "Give me a great orchestra and I can make any sound. period. That
> stuck with me.
> I have also fooled with the bowed psaltery that Rick mentioned. I made
> some of them in the early 80's for a woman in my band, trapezoid, who
> played it. it's on a number of our albums from the 80's. very haunting
> and somewhat irritating. used to call it the "bowed assaultry."
> all of these sounds are great with looping, creating interesting textures
> without having to resort to the easy way--the dreaded synth.
very cool thread. i'll have to try this on the zither i've got sitting at
home...final thought: every *instrument* has latent creative potential
synthesizers:-); it's up to the musician to realize them, imo.