Experimental Double Bass: 100.010

In today’s installment of Experimental Double Bass we get the third day of translating ideas from an amazing extended techniques string quartet: “Leda” by Leah Asher as performed by The Rhythm Method. This time, drawing on sounds between 4:30 and 6:00 in the linked performance video.

I work with attacks and silence, and terribly quiet scrubby sounds–a contrast of volume, pulse/tempo, and pitch vs noise. I’m just at the part in Jennie Gottschalk’s book, Experimental Music Since 1970, that discusses physicality in music and performance and this all fits in so neatly with that.

You can also listen or download via bandcamp, or iTunes, or anywhere else that music is sold. Eventually I might get around to uploading them to Soundcloud as well (it’s just a real pain the ass to do that one so I’m procrastinating on it).

Upright Bass Experiments

  • Translating ideas from other instruments
  • Large contrasts across a handful of parameters
  • Tapping and bowing

Learning: I continue to find this “steal ideas from someone awesome” approach to be useful musically. The contrasts were fun to work and helped bring some structure in. The tapping and bowing were also enjoyable for my ears.

Technical notes

Same recording setup as in 100.005. Having a studio where I can just leave things set up is something that I love–hit record and go.

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