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Re: RE: [HarpTalk] Digitech JamMan Solo and Stereo loopers review
- To: Clayton Gary Lehmann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- From: Rick Walker <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: RE: [HarpTalk] Digitech JamMan Solo and Stereo loopers review
- Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:03:18 -0700
On 7/22/64 11:59 AM, Clayton Gary Lehmann wrote:
I've used harmonic in looping a lot but instead of processing it,
digitally, I've been
working on trying to emulate electronic sounds with my mouth as well as
whilst playing the harp. Certain growls and gutteral sounds that emulate
electronic noise sources
sound really interesting as 'drones' against the simultaneous playing of
Interesting—I am using looping *along* with harmonica, it frees up my
hands to play chromatic—
Richard came to my gig and sat in, nice guy and very progressive with
regard to harmonica processing.
There’s a handful of us here doing both—beatboxing a loop to play
harmonica over is very popular.
None of the new Digitech loopers has feedback control!!
I'm not really an accomplished harpist like you guys are (though I've
amassed a cool collection of them, thanks to the innovative tunings
used in the Lee Oskar series (Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor and the new
truly diatonic series called the Melody Maker)
but I use them for rhythmic ostinatos under tracks, where I'll switch
instruments for the upper and lower voicings in a piece.
My video studio is down right now but I"m working on resurrecting it. I
should post some of the
technics I've been working with when I have it up and running.
Another thing I've been experimenting with is taking two harmonics with
disparate key centers and playing one
upside down so that , held closely together, I can play both harps
This is cool because you can get some very hip chordal extensions with
notes that would normally be really dissonant in a
close voicing but that add 'color' to the chord because the notes are so
high in contrast to the triad of the lower harmonica.
With the exception of Chromatic Harmonicas, it is normally not easy to
get sophisticated modern dissonant harmonices on harp which is
why I started experimenting with this technique.
This takes a lot of breath but it yields really interesting results.
With looping of course, if you just drone or play an ostinato over three
or more notes, you can also go back in and over dub individual
notes from a Chromatic harmonic in the upper regist to achieve the same
effect.......it just takes longer to the get piece going.
I'd be really curious to hear what other experimental and progressive
work is being done by harpists.
If Tribe.net were still really active it would be time to create the
Weird Harmonica Tribe........lol