Experimental Double Bass: 100.008

Second day of the Experimental Bass: 100 Days project translating ideas from The Rhythm Method’s performance of Leah Asher’s “Leda.” This time looking at things they did between 1:30 and 3:00 in the video.

Working with some extended techniques like col legno (using the wood side of the bow) in arco and “battuto” (hitting the strings with the wood). But also the working the arco variation along the string up and down instead of the usual “sawing” motion.

Also some bouncing on the hair of the bow. Lots of dynamic stuff that is fun to do on the upright bass and since the video of group is so good it’s easy to get some great ideas to try.

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).

Experiments for Double Bass

Mostly some extended technique stuff with the bow:

  • Double bass extended technique: col legno arco
  • Double bass extended technique: col legno battuto
  • Double bass extended technique: col legno arco up and down the string length
  • Double bass extended technique: bouncing the bow on the hair

Things I learned in this research: it’s possible to do some interesting sounds bouncing on the hair similar to the sounds of bouncing col legno battuto (a sound I’ve always loved since hearing Kronos Quartet do “Black Angels”), I continue to love the sound of col legno arco–probably one of my favorite sounds on the upright bass, moving up and down the string length makes a very quiet and exciting sound. In fact, many of the sounds used during these “Leda” sessions consist of high energy yet quiet… quiet intensity. Overall as a sensation it’s something more to explore!

Technical notes

Haven’t messed with the mic setup since 100.005.

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