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Bourke, Feed Me!

By kevanatkins on March 26, 2016 5:24 pm

This one features my Helpinstill upright, which is a rather unusual instrument in that it a real upright piano, with strings, hammers and all built into an ATA flight case. It also happens to have magnetic pickups and conveniently has both an instrument output and a built-in DI. So I shoved a guitar amp into it and played with the feedback on the strings through the magnetic pickup on the instrument output and brought out different resonances using the wah pedal and the dampers. Then through the DI output I recorded it and treated it with a bank of effects. Though, quite a lot of the sound is the dry signal as came in barring a bit of reverb. It's quite a colourful instrument.

I pulled this ol' thing out because I've been considering moving it on since I don't play it, but now I'm not so sure. I can see uses for these pickups. Hmm.

For funsies, I filmed the whole thing. I had a lot of fun with this. It was quite a physical performance. I didn't include any audio from the room or the amp because I was so rough with the pedal and instrument there was a lot of clunking, switching and at one point manhandling the amp to change the resonances. I was actually sore from it and I cut my finger on the wah pedal (just spotted it at 9'50", ha!). Worth it, though.

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March 28, 2016 1:14 am

I'll say it was worth it; I was expecting something rough and jangly from your description -- instead, this etherial soundscape. Wow ::)

March 28, 2016 1:16 am

Excellent stuff.  Will check out your other material!

March 28, 2016 1:36 am
Jim Wood wrote:

I'll say it was worth it; I was expecting something rough and jangly from your description -- instead, this etherial soundscape. Wow ::)

Thanks. It was kind of surprising. The sound in the room was definitely rougher. The sounds coming from the amp were. But raw the signal coming from the pickup itself is just the strings resonating, which is very ethereal indeed.

March 28, 2016 3:31 am

This is so extremely excellent. What a goldmine of potential material, too! Well done.

March 31, 2016 5:33 pm

Great sound, and a really inventive approach.  Also, Vox Wah! (Sorry to hear about the finger.)

April 3, 2016 11:10 am

Wundevoll, Love that Athmos!

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