Experimental Double Bass: 100.009

Today for the double bass experiments we get the third installment of translating ideas from The Rhythm Method’s performance of “Leda.” I was concentrating on minutes 3 through 4:30. This includes the beginning of a movement where they hum/sing and play at the same time. In talking with their violist, Anne Lanzilotti, I learned that they didn’t know which pitches the others were going to select when they did this. This must have added to the excitement of performing it! What’s great in their recording is how the sound suddenly opens up into this eight part harmony/collection-of-tones. That was my inspiration for this, plus remembering a little of Robert Black’s performance of a Christian Wolff piece that sounded like hooting owls. There you have it, I guess sort bird themed all around.

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

  • Singing and playing without concern for harmony, just holding and enjoying the sounds.
  • Achieving an effect where there’s one event and then a scattering of echo events.
  • The final singing/playing part I worked the ponticello side of the string to get those harmonics/spectral effects.

Learning: It takes a lot of focus for me to do the singing and holding the note, but absolutely love the result. I could probably do that all day long and consider it a good day. The event + echo I’m not so sure is as convincing. It’d have to work that out some more. So far though, this is one of my favorites.

Technical notes

Same recording setup as 100.005. There was a glitch in my audio interface part way through that you can hear. I don’t mind it myself as it has an interesting texture. But just a note that it’s a digital noise artifact and not a mic overloading or something that.

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