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Re: OT: Blackbird guitars
the text that goes with the vid explains all.
The guitar was played (not by Henry), but the recording didn't come out.
...and I agree, what an awful soundtrack, dunnow if it's
full of subtle satire...but not for me.
I was really disappointed,
however there's plenty of Kaiser's underwater
footage on the DVD for Herzog's "Encounters at the end of the World"
which is quite stunning...and some sublime music to go with it.
...forget YouTube...get the dvd
Gareth Whittock wrote:
> Is that guitar being played? It doesn't look like to me.
> And what a tone - yuk!
> > Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:06:56 -0800
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> > To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> > Subject: OT: Blackbird guitars
> > Since we've discussed portability a lot on the list, as well as the
> > unrelated topic of guitar pickups that split the signal per string, I
> > thought I'd mention my experience auditioning a Blackbird guitar
> > yesterday. Blackbirds are small-bodied (but full-scale) carbon-fiber
> > acoustic guitars, made by hand in San Francisco. I became aware of
> > just a few weeks ago through this video shot by Henry Kaiser of his
> > Blackbird being played underwater in Antarctica (!).
> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCPiPh2sWDk
> > Carbon fiber is incredibly stiff stuff, and survived this experience
> > unscathed. (Yesterday, the maker was giving it direct full-force kicks
> > to the body to show how tough it is, which almost made me lose my
> > but it didn't show a mark). It's also incredibly light - the
> > nylon-string I played weighs only three pounds. As a guitar, it's
> > surprisingly loud, and though the body is about six inches shorter and
> > four inches narrower than a regular guitar, it has a great bass
> > response, as well as a really unique and clear high end. It's a very
> > modern sound, which wouldn't be mistaken for a concert classical, but
> > kinda fell in love with it. Complex chords are really detailed, and
> > whole body vibrates, even the neck (which is hollow - there's a tiny
> > soundhole where you'd expect a truss rod to be). I've tried out most
> > the travel guitar options, and this definitely is the one offering the
> > best tone, and durability, plus a really cool look.
> > They offer the RMC pickup system with it, which has an individual
> > saddle-mounted pickup for each string. That can be broken out
> > separately, and used either in its analog form, or to drive MIDI.
> > Especially given its nice acoustic clarity, I think it would work
> > extremely well for individual string processing, like dropping the
> > strings down an octave.
> > The guitar ain't cheap - with the RMC, about $2000 US - but if I'm
> > I may figure out a way to acquire one for my travels.
> > http://www.blackbirdguitar.com
> > gear on,
> > Daryl Shawn
> > www.swanwelder.com
> > www.chinapaintingmusic.com
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