Re: new live improv track - "Surrounded" (Greg Howard)
Not to be contrair,
I love Greg's work
in fact one of the top reasons I took up the Stick
is because of Greg and his style
So I like this piece because it is unmistakably GH
but it is different in that it is exploring some quasi 'outside' experimental tones and phrasing;
further out IMHO than Big Bang or Guitaresque....
As an avid looper I took note at approximantely 6:10 that there is a really cool loop
that emerges and is underpinning the otherwise smokey, wispy, spiraling, somewhat distorted lead playing (with some bass salt and pepper along the way;-) that after almost exactly fifty seconds stops suddenly (loop over)
and then to my ear Greg plays one of his most beautiful passages ever; very much evoking the acoustic guitar as a counter balance...
My problem with this is not the music as you can tell but the part on the Band Camp
page that says:
No overdubs or loops were used in this performance;
Like the music is more sanitary (?) or the musician is elevated by this addition like
"No dolphins or cute dogs were injured in the making this music".
I guess the reason that I am interested in this trivial aside is because I am trying to figure out how to ' re-present' myself as a musician and I come up against these odd little things that musicians do and say ( artists, advertising and media too)
that I think no one is supposed to read or care about but get ever so gently
passed through our filters and into the unconscious where they do indeed register.
But what if we ask 'what does that mean, "no loops or overdubs"?
Are we supposed to
say "well, you know", "I used a whole rack of highly sophisticated effects and processors
and (echo devises) but "no loops or overdubs"
There is a subtle impression here that when pointed out is not subtle at all; that if
a musician makes some music it is better, of a higher quality or possibly is worth
more money if , regardless of the truckload of electronics that is actually used,
some 'special' technologies were not used because those technologies
Even if i do it I will say I didn't because.....?
Inspector Freud is tapping his foot.