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Re: Civitas Urbanus (new album release)

On 23 jul 2007, at 01.58, Qua Veda wrote:

> if you don't mind,  I'm curious  how you manipulate the guitar  
> sound where it kind of spins off into the wild blue yonder .   
> example is at 1:40 on Track 1.  Do you create that while you are  
> playing guitar? or in post production

Well, it was simply played like that. That track is a typical "push  
record and play" thing, utilizing the function of Mobius's that  
renders a stereo file on the hard drive from the summed stereo  
output; no separated track, you just get everything in one go. I  
didn't play it on a guitar though, but on an EWI. So the sound source  
is a synth played through Native Instrument's Guitar Rig 2. The  
breath strength is binded to the wha effect, so the harder I blow the  
more wha treble, just like you could play it with the foot if using a  
guitar plus wha pedal. Right before 1:40 I'm doing a couple of short,  
hard attack staccatto notes (sounding like angry ducks fighting) and  
catching those into a loop (you can hear them quacking along in the  
background, as a loop for a while). As contrast to those angry  
quackers I go into playing longer notes which I modulate by glissandi  
and vibrato. When playing those long notes I alternate between  
portamento and no portamento (pitch gliding from note to note).  
Playing a fast scale with portamento is what sounds like that "whammy  
bar space shop lift-off", gliding through several octaves. I'm also  
playing some notes with a soft but rather fast fade-in attack and  
vibrato added right from the start as well as doing pitch-bending  
while my tone is still still in heavy vibrato (a phrasing approach I  
picked up from hearing Hendrix long ago). I can do that on strat as  
well by  hitting the string with volume knob down, applying vibrato  
and then turning the volume knob up, but to achieve the same thing on  
a guitar is more difficult because you need to use the twang bar for  
the vibrato (needs to go both above and below the nominal pitch,  
which is not possible with finger vibrato) and that makes it  
difficult (but not impossible) to also turn the volume knob with your  
right hand. For many aspects of floating twang bar guitar playing  
techniques I'm actually finding the EWI better, which is kind of  
strange since it was created by a wind player and not by a guitar  
player. Probably just a lucky coincidence.

Anyway, it's strange that so many words are needed to simply describe  
one tiny musical gesture of attitude. It looks very boring when  
described like this ;-)

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen
www.boysen.se (Swedish)
www.looproom.com (international)