I’m generally negligent on the self-promotion, but there are a few technical ideas in this that I thought were interesting enough to share.
I’ve been working a lot on figuring out a way to perform with a guitar that suits my temperament. I’m generally interested in constructing something resembling a kind of electronic music, the guitar as sound source just simplified things for me. These tracks have post-production on them, but I could easily play them live as is, now I just need to get around to pushing myself to go play live somewhere.
For this, I’m using the 1010 Blackbox as the primary looper, mostly because it has a lot of available layers and they can all play out of sync to each other. There are down sides to the Blackbox, which I think manifest in the way these tracks play out. There’s no overdub function so that there aren’t seamless loops, each one has to come to a quiet end. No overdubbing means that there aren’t really any layered loops, so filtering and post-effects are per sound. And the Blackbox has limited means of transforming audio once recorded.
The upside to using it is really the asynchronous looping, which was my main focus in all of this anyways, along with using effects as supplementary voices, especially leaning in to the artificiality of pitch effects. The goal was static structures with variation created loosely by the timing of loops, and creating something multi-voiced out of solo guitar playing.
In post-processing, I really got into the time curves in Cableguys’ Shaperbox, it’s really effective at pitch shifting with subtle time jumps.
It’s been fun to make guitar music without identifying as a guitar player at all. I’ve learned to function with the instrument well enough, but I’ve never learned to play any songs, which probably speaks to the harmonic simplicity I lean towards. There’s a lot of material for this release recorded over the past year that didn’t make the cut, there was a sort of post-pandemic blues utility for me throughout.
There’s probably a lot of Bill Frisell/Ry Cooder, slow dusty Americana influence hanging over it, although not in any way that shows off similar chops, since those guys can really play.