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Re: cool guitar synth intros
In general I really dislike loud music,I don't play rock and never want
to play at rock volume levels.from the late 70s to the earlyu 90s I played
only acoustic music,and have only returned to electronics in the last 5
But in a guitar player magazine article one of the sonics said they had
specifically gotten this high volume technique/effect idea from Glen
Branca,and that you could only do it at very high volume levels.
I like your phrase spectral contours alot. and suspect that you're right
that some people have to learn to hear such things.But I do think there'
things that could only be gotten with extreme volume.I may never know for
sure because I'mnever going to play at those levels. In Gamelan music
are related effects ,much subtler ,but Gamelan player end up with hearing
damage too ,if they don't use ear protection. To really hear the
shimmeryouhave to hit those keys.
I've only seen them do an acoustic set (?!?) but I still know what you
So I guess it isn't just a high volume effect. I suspect that playing
really loud makes it easier to forget some of the usual things we hear
(notes and rhythms), and tune into spectral contours and timbres instead.
But once you've done that, you can listen that way at lower levels too.
of like how jumping off a cliff might make you forget your stiff neck for
moment, but then after that you can feel pain all over.