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re: looping other instruments...

  Steve and all, well, I for one, tend to use quite a bit of  processing,
but also go the complete opposite route as well, and do the minimalist
thing.  When using alot of dsp, I like to  carefully taylor a sound to come
as close to what I'm hearing in my head, or feeling in my body as I can.
So, I don't really consider it "relying" on the processing, so much as
viewing it as another instrument.  
  As far as newness is concerned, I'm only limited by my own imagination,
and I consider that, limitless.  I  think it's a divine gift we're given.
-Being able to manifest the spark.  
  I try to be as true to the music, as I can.  Whether that takes the form
of something traditional, or something else.  <smile>  -Hope this made
sense, and thanks so much for the great post!  



At 12:55 AM 7/17/01 -0700, you wrote:
>>>>i mostly play electric guitar, but since nothing new can be done
>on the guitar (right steve lawson?)<<<
>hehe, I guess you've been listening to the interview on KPIG... :o)
>for the record, I didn't say NOTHING can be done new on guitar, just that
>for bass, especially exploring the whole area of solo bass, there is 
>or no set vocabulary, so the playing field is more open. All credit to 
>like Andre LaFosse who manage to take the guitar somewhere very new -
>Andre's music seems to hardly lean at all on the standard guitar vocab, 
>when he was playing with just a guitar into EDP into amp - no reliance on
>heavy processing. I really don't have that kind of musical vision, or
>leaning, so am in awe of people who do. For me, it seems that few people
>have pursued bass along the path that I'm heading (with a few obvious and
>notable exceptions - i'm not claiming any degree of trail blazing
>originality...) so I have fewer cliches to either avoid or subvert. I feel
>like i'm playing with sound on a much more base level. it doesn't feel 
>i'm manipulating pre-ordained sounds.
>I'd love to hear the take of some of the guitarists on list - DT, clearly 
>far as experimental guitar, you wrote a large chunk of the first chapter -
>do you feel that it gets harder to say something 'new', or is 'newness'
>overrated when it's placed ahead of relavence and integrity? does the 
>march of technology mean that we will always have new things to do, cos we
>are physically able to DO more TO sound?
>am i making sense? as usual, probably not - someone verbose, rescue me! 
>BTW - there's currently a little discussion brewing about free improv that
>some of you may find interesting in my 'ask the pros' forum over at
>talkbass.com - feel free to sign in and contribute - you'll find it in the
>'ask Steve Lawson' section under bass guitar forums...


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-Then, anything is possible..."