March 30, 2007 1:18 AM

Back from the dead! Original description: A quick-and-dirty first attempt at combining circuit bent instruments with acoustic guitar. I know some people frown at the idea of forcing bent instruments into measure and meter but there's a 24% chance that those people are no fun. Did it work? I dig it. Any suggestions?

posted by RobertFrost (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Anybody out there have suggestions on recording bent instruments? Thanks ye!
posted by RobertFrost at 1:24 AM on March 30, 2007

Not at all, as this is the first time I've even heard of the practice, but I'll say this again as the comment got nixed in the server transfer, hearing this song took me to your other song which I really liked and I recommend everyone should give it a listen.

Very nice songs, man. You play most of the things in them, right?
posted by micayetoca at 6:19 AM on March 30, 2007

I said I’d listen and comment to this, didn’t I? Well, I did. It kind of kicks ass. I enjoyed your use of panning. You’re getting some really weird sounds, but what I like about it is that you’ve managed to squeeze those sounds into some kind of palatable structure. I think I’d like it even more if the guitar was cleaner-sounding. It feels a little muddy and possibly not entirely in tune? Obviously the pitch of circuit-bent instruments will be all over the map, so I think it would be nice to have solid pitch and clarity on the guitar as a bed for the weirdness to rest in. As it is, I love the marriage of the organic and the messed up electronics.

Is the beat coming from a circuit-bent instrument? I think the beat is the weak link. It’s kind of a dull drum sound. Although something about its sparsity is appealing.
posted by edlundart at 3:01 PM on March 30, 2007

I enjoyed that.
posted by benign at 6:32 PM on March 31, 2007

Thanks for the comments! micayetoca, yeah, I play everything you hear except for the occasional vinyl sample. And thanks for taking a listen to the other track I uploaded. It's much more polished than this one.

edlundart, thanks for the tips. You got me. I don't own a tuner. I've been tuning using my 500 yen Casio MA-101. Concerning the beat, it's being played on the body of the guitar. It could use a little more 'oomph', you're right.
posted by RobertFrost at 1:41 AM on April 2, 2007

I aprove of this.
posted by 31d1 at 7:45 PM on April 2, 2007

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