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! Smiles, Goddess 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 >little >or no set vocabulary, so the playing field is more open. All credit to >guys >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, >even >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 >like >i'm manipulating pre-ordained sounds. > >I'd love to hear the take of some of the guitarists on list - DT, clearly >as >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 >onward >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! >:o) > >Steve >www.steve-lawson.co.uk > >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... > > > --- "The only things I really think are important, are love, and eachother. -Then, anything is possible..."