I'm Sorry

March 4, 2012 8:33 PM

Bowed Whamola. Multiple layers of the same note. Words fail to do it justice.

With that in mind, here are a lot of words:

This year for RPM 2012, in addition to working with Demons of Gyrophonia on an album (which askmeaboutLOOM has been posting), I decided to take the plunge solo and see what I was able to conjure up in twenty-nine short days.

The result was Things I Should Have Said. This is the closing track from the album; it rewards deep, focused listening. Five layers of whamola, each on the same (approximate) pitch. Check out the rest of the album over on Bandcamp.

posted by man vs sun (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Great stuff. I had planned on doing some dark ambient stuff for RPM but failed to get motivated. I think that's how I started following you on Twitter. Surprise! You're a Mefite.
posted by melt away at 2:14 AM on March 5, 2012

nice one, i like this. Also, just looked up the Whamola, and it turns out a whamola is not what I thought it was.
posted by dubold at 3:51 AM on March 5, 2012

Thanks for listening! The whamola is a strange beast, indeed. While it's limited by having a single string, it frees you to think about the remaining infinite possibilities.

And when you take that infinity and limit it further - to a single pitch - the results are far beyond what I expected when I first hit record.

I should note that prior to undertaking the Challenge last month, my last compositions date back to '07. Writing music isn't hard, I just kept finding excuses to not write.
posted by man vs sun at 2:51 PM on March 5, 2012

really f'n good.
posted by unSane at 6:50 PM on March 5, 2012

I love this. Monastic. Some really nice, subtle shifts happen, especially on headphones. This is the Wikipedia picture for a Whamola.
posted by Corduroy at 11:15 PM on March 5, 2012

So what's the plastic tube that makes a tone when whirled around? that's what I thought a whamola was, for some reason...

yeah, this is great in headphones.
posted by dubold at 2:14 AM on March 6, 2012

I remember playing with those as a kid. I guess that was my introduction to the harmonic series, even though I didn't know it was called that.
posted by man vs sun at 6:27 AM on March 6, 2012

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