Guitar techniques – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ Sun, 26 Sep 2021 03:19:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://micgillette.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T161817.082-150x150.png Guitar techniques – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ 32 32 Six String Art – The New Indian Express https://micgillette.com/six-string-art-the-new-indian-express/ https://micgillette.com/six-string-art-the-new-indian-express/#respond Sun, 26 Sep 2021 01:49:00 +0000 https://micgillette.com/six-string-art-the-new-indian-express/ “I had my first real six strings” – those iconic words from Bryan Adams’ song, Summer 69 (Gen Z may need to look for this one), inspired a number of ’90s kids to invest in their first acoustic guitar. A ubiquitous instrument – given its accessibility – most of us, at some point, have tested […]]]>

“I had my first real six strings” – those iconic words from Bryan Adams’ song, Summer 69 (Gen Z may need to look for this one), inspired a number of ’90s kids to invest in their first acoustic guitar. A ubiquitous instrument – given its accessibility – most of us, at some point, have tested our affinity for music through it. Whether you are a beginner or have been strumming the guitar for years, there are many styles and types to choose from. However, like any other product, factory and mass produced instruments are just simple die-cut models. A custom-made guitar, on the other hand, is pure art. It is a thing of beauty, which definitely attracts attention. But, where do you go for a custom six string? The answer is a luthier.

Originating from the French word “luth”, a luthier is an artist who makes and repairs by hand one or more stringed instruments such as guitars, harp, banjo, among others. Guitar making is an art – it takes immense dedication and concentration. Add to that list a love for the handmade, as well as the willingness and conscience to assimilate the lessons learned through (a lot) of trial and error. The practitioners of this trade must be meticulous; the attention to detail required in the handcrafting of an instrument can take years to develop. Although it is a popular art abroad, local luthiers are rare. That said, there are a few in town who have mastered the craft of luthier.

A creative process

After playing bagpipes and snare for a few years at school, Anand Vihar-based Ankit Kathuria decided to try his hand at guitar. While playing bass in college, he never seriously pursued learning guitar. Eliminating the assumption that luthiers must also be guitarists, Kathuria jokes: “Not all guitar builders are guitarists. There are two different parts of the brain at work during these two activities – one helps play and the other helps build.

After trying a few nine to five jobs and getting some tattoo training, Kathuria (33) finally decided to work as a saleswoman at 440Hz, a music store in Lajpat Nagar. That’s when a customer walked into the store, worried about higher guitar action. “He had a concert the same day and was very worried,” says Kathuria. The store owner, who later helped him learn about the technicalities of guitar repair and maintenance, gave Kathuria an Allen wrench and walked her through making some adjustments. It worked! “Doing that was really satisfying. The owner then told me that every store has a guitar technician. When I mentioned that I didn’t know about it, he said he would teach me and also ordered some tools, ”Kathuria tells us about her trip. Over time, he handled several repair orders and remembers that he even had a runner to help him. Not only did he learn a thing or two on the internet, but he also learned the nuances and techniques on the job. After two apprenticeships with the late Arulnathan Dominic Xavier of Arul Guitars, Bengaluru, Kathuria finally launched Avid Guitars.

What does the clientele who need a custom guitar look like at Avid Guitars? Kathuria mentions that these instruments are for people who “are thinking of owning the guitar of their dreams”. He says, “People who have been playing guitar for years know what they want, unlike others who are just starting out.” India has a mixed market, he mentions, and there are people who cannot understand how expensive custom-made guitars are: an Avid Guitars customer must be willing to shell out more than one lakh INR. for such an instrument. Kathuria says, “When people go online and see a handmade guitar, they can never understand why it’s expensive.” The details are intricate, says Kathuria, who often works with spruce wood, rosewood, and native Indian wood like jackfruit and tamarind.

Although she receives several requests for custom shapes, fan frets, and even arm bevels, Kathuria currently only makes one guitar in a month (or two) for sale. “Usually a luthier will be booked for a year or two. It’s not the same for me because I’m in the midst of changing workshops and also run an independent community called Space Session. Guitar making is a big job, says Kathuria: “There is so much to learn; you have to keep honing your skills.

Learning never stops

Karan Singh (38), who runs a guitar repair shop with his friend in Mehrauli and makes custom products in his workshop in Goa, had a somewhat unusual journey. An avid guitarist himself, Singh says, “Of course, you don’t have to play guitar if you’re a luthier. But it helps. When Singh started ten years ago, he was self-taught; always using references on how to put something together. Finally, after some apprenticeships in Europe, he launched Bigfoot Guitars. Singh says, “I understood the different aspects of what makes a good guitar while I was learning. In fact, I always look forward to taking it to the next level. Education is an ongoing process. Every year or two, I make sure I spend time learning from someone I truly admire. I try to use my learning to create a better instrument. Making several instruments such as ukulele, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar, Singh points out, “It takes about three months to assemble an instrument. Since I’m a one-man show, customers have to wait between one and two years for a custom guitar.

A handcrafted instrument by Singh can be made from any wood – German spruce is something he uses often, but he also uses native trees such as tamarind, mango and a few – some from southern India, whose English names he does not know. A custom order at Bigfoot can start at three lakh INR, and the customer list includes professional musicians and guitar collectors. Singh says, “Those who have been playing for 15 to 20 years have an idea of ​​the holy grail of the guitar; and I hope to try to make it a reality. Of course, given the details, the process is interesting but takes a long time. He points out, “There’s a lot of back and forth in terms of the design element and finer details. The client is with me throughout the process, and it’s fun for them too. What about unusual customer requests? Singh explains that more often than not he is not receptive to sketches, “I refuse people who come to me with sketches not because I can’t do it, but because it’s hard to get. shape and outline to make an instrument. Ultimately, the guitar is a tool. If the design doesn’t make sense from a playability standpoint, it’s futile. »What about the other customizations? “Yes, I have personalized instruments for clients, especially from a sentimental point of view.

Most skilled trades are often passed down from generation to generation. Is this also true for violin making? Singh debunks this myth by saying, “In the West, this trade was generally passed down from generation to generation or even from master to apprentice. But that hasn’t been the case for the past 30 to 40 years. Of course, the guitar is a relatively new instrument for India, with origins dating back almost 200 years. Hinting at how we as a nation fare when it comes to playing guitar as a profession, Singh says, “The current generation is moving away from the excitement of the corporate world. They pursue careers that are more meaningful to them, keep them grounded in one way or another, and, for lack of better words, are more emotional. Interest has definitely increased.

We end our conversation on the competitiveness of this space, keeping in mind the musical instrument giants? Singh, who also runs a two-week apprenticeship training course for amateur luthiers, concludes: “The clientele that comes to me is niche. I am not in competition with the big companies; they’re targeting a certain segment of people, and we need them. People who are happy to go to a store and buy a guitar should do so, because that’s what works best for them. In fact, even within the community, it is better to have more manufacturers as this creates a market for custom guitars.

Ankit Kathuria from Avid Guitars

Design the perfect method

“I’ve been a guitarist longer than a luthier,” adds Sagar Prasad (30), who started playing the instrument at the age of 15 and doing commercial repairs since working for a music store. music. He recalls, “Guitars don’t come cheap. As an overly ambitious guitarist, I wanted to build my instrument. This is how it all started. The internet was his learning ground, as Prasad sat for hours reading or watching videos from expert luthiers such as Ron Kirn.

When he then launched The ThinkSmiths, Prasad admits it was not an easy passage: “My first run was a fiasco; and I was broke after three months. I took another job but also ran ThinkSmiths in a limited context. Until the age of 24, much of Prasad’s work included adjustments and repairs. “Most of my work is based on adjustments. In terms of installation, Indian stores have very consistent parameters. I have developed my own method; it’s also about figuring out what works best for you, ”he adds. This luthier used to repair between 25 and 30 guitars per year. Over time, this number has grown exponentially; Prasad has installed 200 strange guitars in a year now.

Speaking of the woods used in his workshop in Kotla Mubarakpur in Delhi, he says: “I worked with teak, but also with Meranti (a wood despised in India and used to make door frames). As for the use of rosewood, it is not worth it. Pricing, Prasad says, is something he has made easier for customers. He asks the customer to buy the material allowing him to choose as he pleases. During this time, Prasad calculates additional costs, including a price for the work of manufacturing the part.

Drawing parallels between guitar making and steering repairs is impossible, he says: “Unlike repairs, construction takes a long time. In fact, it’s very well thought out, properly funded, and takes about a month or more. My first construction was long; it took me three months.

Noting that guitar making is a hidden profession, especially in India, Prasad explains why the bespoke market is limited to a smaller group – a segment sandwiched between those who buy guitars off the shelf and others. who pride themselves on being collectors. “Only someone who has gone through many options will come to a luthier. The tailor-made market is made up of artists who know what they expect from their guitar, ”he concludes. This is probably what makes a very demanding customer a rather happy luthier.

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College mourns the loss of beloved communication professor Kathi Paluscio known for creating supportive environments – The College VOICE https://micgillette.com/college-mourns-the-loss-of-beloved-communication-professor-kathi-paluscio-known-for-creating-supportive-environments-the-college-voice/ https://micgillette.com/college-mourns-the-loss-of-beloved-communication-professor-kathi-paluscio-known-for-creating-supportive-environments-the-college-voice/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 21:07:47 +0000 https://micgillette.com/college-mourns-the-loss-of-beloved-communication-professor-kathi-paluscio-known-for-creating-supportive-environments-the-college-voice/ Professor Kathi Paluscio, known for her creative teaching strategies, has taught public speaking to thousands of students during more than two decades serving the MCCC.. | COLLEGE VOICE FILE PHOTO Communication teacher Kathryn “Kathi” Paluscio, who has taught public speaking at Mercer for the past 21 years, died of cancer on July 6, 2021 at […]]]>
Professor Kathi Paluscio, known for her creative teaching strategies, has taught public speaking to thousands of students during more than two decades serving the MCCC.. | COLLEGE VOICE FILE PHOTO

Communication teacher Kathryn “Kathi” Paluscio, who has taught public speaking at Mercer for the past 21 years, died of cancer on July 6, 2021 at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey. She was 54 years old.

Prof. Paluscio received her undergraduate degree in Speech, Drama and Media from Kean University and obtained her MA in Theater from Villanova. Later, she was selected for the McGraw Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University, where she studied “guerrilla techniques” or unconventional teaching strategies for connecting with students.

“Her classes were filled with the powerful energy, excitement, motivation and hard work she gave to her students. Every time I came to class, I knew that no matter how sad or melancholy my days were, Kathi would be able to turn them into happy feelings, making me smile and playful, ”says Mykhaylo Yanchyk, a second year in chemistry / biology. , who took Prof. Paluscio’s public speaking class in the spring of 2021.

Professor Paluscio was known for her creative teaching tools. She brought props, got students up from their seats, she was even known to play the guitar and include the names of her students in her improvised songs.

Kyle Goldware, a second year major in communications, who took Professor Paluscio’s public speaking course in the spring of 2021, said: “Every Monday and Wednesday when I walked into his class I was excited. because she made it so fun. She was always happy, hilarious and she sincerely wanted her students to succeed in learning to speak in public. After taking Kathi’s class, I stopped being afraid to speak in certain public situations. She also taught me to step out of my comfort zone.

Another student, Hamza Marzaki, a second year major in business administration who took Prof. Paluscio’s public speaking course in the spring of 2021, said: “What helped me was that she gave us positive energy and motivation just before giving our speeches. ”

According to her colleagues, during her career, Professor Paluscio has examined more than 30,000 student speeches.

Communication teacher Kathi Paluscio received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. In her acceptance speech, Professor Paluscio told the students: “We have high hopes for what you will accomplish. I believe all of you here today are like an amazing adventure story. My life is pale compared to yours. COLLEGE VOICES | PHOTO FILE

According to communication teacher Alvyn Haywood, who has worked with Professor Paluscio for the past 20 years and was a close friend, “She was a traveling actress who brought her theatrical experience to the classroom. ”

Professor Palucsio was a founding member of Mercer’s Rock Salt Theater and she also founded MouthWorks, an improv comedy troupe. In her spare time, unbeknownst to many of her friends and colleagues, she wrote horror novels under the pseudonym JC Raye.

According to Professor Haywood, “JC represents Jesus Christ because Kathi was Catholic and Raye was the light of Christ, something she would aim for, and something that Kathi brought to Mercer for students and faculty to enjoy. . “

Professor Paluscio received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the MCCC in May 2012. Her other accolades include the Human Relations Award and the Student Activites Woman of The Year Award.

According to electrical engineering professor Harry Bitner, who has worked with Professor Paluscio for the past 20 years and was a close friend, “She was so humble, if I tried to give her a compliment, she would do it so quickly. , she was concentrating on the others.

In her acceptance speech when she won the Excellence in Teaching Award, Professor Paluscio told the students, “We have high hopes for what you will accomplish. I believe all of you here today are like an amazing adventure story. My life is pale compared to yours.

Professor Bitner recalls that “Kathi gave so much to Mercer. She treated us like family. She served everyone. She helped everyone… She was so dedicated.

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A memorial service will be held on the quad at 12 p.m. on September 28.

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Strandberg Introduces Hardware and Tonewood Redesign in All-New NX Concept Series https://micgillette.com/strandberg-introduces-hardware-and-tonewood-redesign-in-all-new-nx-concept-series/ https://micgillette.com/strandberg-introduces-hardware-and-tonewood-redesign-in-all-new-nx-concept-series/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:30:50 +0000 https://micgillette.com/strandberg-introduces-hardware-and-tonewood-redesign-in-all-new-nx-concept-series/ Swedish headless electric guitar specialist Strandberg has announced its NX Concept series – a newly designed range that takes the designs of the brand’s pre-existing Boden series and equips them with new woods and hardware. Chief among the updates is an all-new bridge and string locking system – the EGS Rev 7 – which promises […]]]>

Swedish headless electric guitar specialist Strandberg has announced its NX Concept series – a newly designed range that takes the designs of the brand’s pre-existing Boden series and equips them with new woods and hardware.

Chief among the updates is an all-new bridge and string locking system – the EGS Rev 7 – which promises a number of under-hood adjustments, a new neck heel curve for even more playability large and ergo knurled knobs, designed for quick sound adjustments.

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APAC, Europe, America (Region) to Lead Musical Instrument Market Forecast 2021-2026 https://micgillette.com/apac-europe-america-region-to-lead-musical-instrument-market-forecast-2021-2026/ https://micgillette.com/apac-europe-america-region-to-lead-musical-instrument-market-forecast-2021-2026/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 04:33:18 +0000 https://micgillette.com/apac-europe-america-region-to-lead-musical-instrument-market-forecast-2021-2026/ Global Musical Instruments Market reports are an in-depth analysis of market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional and country level analysis, competitive landscape, market share, trends and strategies for this market. Track historical and forecast market growth of the market by region. To position the market within the context of a larger Musical Instrument market […]]]>

Global Musical Instruments Market reports are an in-depth analysis of market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional and country level analysis, competitive landscape, market share, trends and strategies for this market. Track historical and forecast market growth of the market by region. To position the market within the context of a larger Musical Instrument market and compare it with other markets, market definitions, regional market opportunities, sales and revenue by region, manufacturing cost analysis, industry chains, analysis Market effect factors, Musical Instrument Market business intelligence for size forecast, market data and charts and statistics, tables, bar and pie charts and more.

The Musical Instruments Market research report includes vital insights on key drivers and opportunities that will contribute to the growth matrix of this field between 2021-2026. In addition, it highlights solutions to existing and upcoming threats and challenges that are about to negatively impact the profitability chart of the business sphere.

The scientific literature includes verifiable projections for variables such as demand share, revenue, market growth rate, and submarkets. To go further, it fragments this vertical into several segments based on product line, application scope and region to identify and elucidate the main sources of revenue generation. In addition, detailed information on the strategies implemented by industry leaders is provided to help new entrants improve their positioning.

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Key Inclusions In The Musical Instrument Market Report:

  • Systematic presentation of industry trends
  • Statistical coverage of sales volume, market size and overall market revenue
  • Growth opportunities
  • Growth rate projections over the forecast period
  • Advantages and disadvantages of direct and indirect sales channels
  • List of the main resellers, traders and distributors on the market

Musical Instrument Market Segments Covered in the Report:

Regional fragmentation: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa.

  • Country review of each regional market
  • Market share captured, returns generated and sales accumulated by each region
  • Estimates of revenue and growth rate for each region during the analysis period.

Product line:

  • Guitar amplifiers
  • Keyboard amplifiers
  • Bass amplifiers and others

  • Market share projections with respect to accumulated sales and revenue generated by each product segment
  • Price models for each type of product

Scope :

  • Electric guitar
  • Electric bass
  • Electric keyboards and others

  • Revenue records and sales volume of each application segment during the study period.
  • Pricing of each type of product based on the scope of their application

Competitive dashboard: Yamaha, Roland, Marshall, Ampeg, Blackstar, Behringer, Fender, Korg, Hughes & Kettner, Johnson, Orange, Laney, Fishman, Rivera, MESA / Boogie, Acoustic and Randall

  • Basic information and manufacturing facilities of each company in all operating regions
  • Emerging Competitor Data
  • Product and service offerings from listed companies
  • Records of turnover, sales, price, gross margins and market share of each competitor
  • SWOT analysis of each company
  • In-depth review of rate to market, market concentration rate, marketing strategies and other important business specifics

The importance of the report-

  • To provide an in-depth examination of the market structure as well as a forecast for the major segments and sub-segments of the global Musical Instrument Market over the forecast period.
  • To provide information on the factors influencing the growth of the market.
  • To perform an initial analysis of the global automotive musical instruments market using various techniques including vendor assessment and Porter’s five forces analysis.
  • To provide historical and projected revenue for the market segments and sub-segments based on key regions and countries.
  • To provide country specific market analysis in terms of current market size and outlook.

Key questions addressed in the report: –

  • Across the Musical Instrument Market, what are the different types of manufacturing process?
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  • What are the effective and efficient strategies to increase revenues and profits across the business sector?

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Today’s photo from Ted Grussing Photography: … it’s natural – Sedona.Biz https://micgillette.com/todays-photo-from-ted-grussing-photography-its-natural-sedona-biz/ https://micgillette.com/todays-photo-from-ted-grussing-photography-its-natural-sedona-biz/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 21:47:47 +0000 https://micgillette.com/todays-photo-from-ted-grussing-photography-its-natural-sedona-biz/ By Ted Grussing … And this elegant snowy egret takes flight after a mighty leap unrolling its mighty legs and coupled with a mighty stroke of its wings and it soars above its reflection in the morning waters of the lake. … And in the photo below, I’m waiting for my tug to lift me […]]]>
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By Ted Grussing

… And this elegant snowy egret takes flight after a mighty leap unrolling its mighty legs and coupled with a mighty stroke of its wings and it soars above its reflection in the morning waters of the lake.

… And in the photo below, I’m waiting for my tug to lift me off the runway and bring me up to where the thermals will bring my long wings to life on a beautiful day of gliding in Sedona. It’s an amazing place to fly and the elevator to the plateau is what you crave.

Anthony Mazzella will be at the Mary Fisher Theater on Saturday at 7:30 pm… join me for another Legends of Guitar concert. Anthony’s shows tend to fill up, so get your tickets early.

Another fabulous day has ended and already a few hours after the start of the news… waiting for a beautiful day; working on pictures, visiting friends and relearning the basics of Adobe In Design… I need to use it more.

Smile and enjoy the life granted to you… keep breathing too, she is known to help you have a good day!

Cheers,

Ted

May I not forget that poverty and

riches are of the spirit.

Although the world doesn’t know me,

that my thoughts and actions

be such as he will keep me friendly

with myself.

– extract from A prayer by Max Ehrmann

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The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: ted@tedgrussing.com

In addition to sales of previously taken photographs, Ted does special sessions for clients on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their aircraft in flight. All special photo sessions are billed by the hour.

Ted also runs individual workshops for those who want to learn the techniques he uses. By special arrangement, Ted will host one-on-one aerial photography workshops that will include actual photo ops in the air.

Learn more about Ted Grussing …

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Mark Tester’s road from garage rock to experimental synthesis https://micgillette.com/mark-testers-road-from-garage-rock-to-experimental-synthesis/ https://micgillette.com/mark-testers-road-from-garage-rock-to-experimental-synthesis/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:04:02 +0000 https://micgillette.com/mark-testers-road-from-garage-rock-to-experimental-synthesis/ LISTS Mark Tester’s road from garage rock to experimental synthesis By Jordan Reyes September 21, 2021 If Mark Tester’s next exploratory electronic solo album The rhythms of Oblivion revisited were your first meeting with the Indianapolis-based musician, you might be surprised to learn that some of his early recordings were with the garage band, psych, […]]]>

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Mark Tester’s road from garage rock to experimental synthesis

By Jordan Reyes September 21, 2021

If Mark Tester’s next exploratory electronic solo album The rhythms of Oblivion revisited were your first meeting with the Indianapolis-based musician, you might be surprised to learn that some of his early recordings were with the garage band, psych, and ultimately the experimental band Burnt Ones. Released on Portland Moon’s Glyph Records label, The rhythms of Oblivion revisited reveals Tester as a playful and adventurous voice, willing to shy away from writing classic songs in search of tone, mood and atmosphere. His journey as a synthesizer, improviser and engineer to rock composer is pronounced, but curiosity has always been in Tester’s DNA. His first performances and musical experiences were as a young teenager, techno DJ throughout the Midwest, traveling to neighboring states to play underground raves, before falling in love with hardcore and founding his first serious band, Burnt Ones, in early 2010..

In many ways, Burnt Ones was an exercise in serendipity. “For the most part, things would just come our way,” Tester explains. Burnt Ones started out in Indianapolis but moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2010, at the height of the city’s garage rock scene. “We attract attention in a way that seemed unique.” Prior to the move, Burnt Ones – originally a quartet with drummer Amy Crouch, bassist Brian Allen and synthesizer / guitarist Landon Caldwell – was a minimal affair, interested in making the simplest earworms and more poppies. Their move brought them closer to contemporaries like Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, White Fence and Sic Alps. They were greeted with open arms and quickly attracted an audience. Their second show in the Bay Area opened for Pierced Arrows, the legendary garage trio created in the wake of Fred & Toody Cole’s founding Dead Moon trio. Burnt Ones ended up releasing feature films on the garage mainstay and psych rock Castle Face Records.

After a brief stint in Los Angeles, Tester returned to Indianapolis in March 2016, where he still resides. In his hometown, he made a name for himself as an experimental musician, improviser and booker for the beloved State Street Pub venue and bar. These days he performs in various setups and projects, from his duet with Caldwell, to the Kraut-esque The MK-II, to the Crazy Doberman free jazz contingent, to the release of music under his own name. He mentions that the more recent compositions are created like a painting, embodying chance and humor with an impressionist approach. “It’s a bit of a cliché,” he says. “But I like to be an antenna, a conduit for all the sounds I hear.”

With such a varied production, it’s impossible not to imagine Tester guided by such a philosophy from the start. Here are some recordings to prove it.

Burns
Black Teeth & Golden Tongues



Burnt Ones’ debut album is their simplest, consisting of shorter songs with bubblegum melodies. Tester’s voice sounds like a Midwestern Marc Bolan riding a fuzzy guitar. The comparison is crystallized on the glammy and swaggering second track “Sunset Hill”, its high-harmony chorus complementing the instrumentation. The climax of the album “Never Gonna Die” is the longest of the disc as well as the most constant and the most trance, in the vein of Bardo Pond with a more minimal rhythm than on the first kinetic numbers. Loud guitars and howls slowly meander through the song before fading away.

Latest draft in different rooms



“We got more ambitious in the studio,” says Tester of Burnt Ones’ latest album, 2018’s Latest draft in different rooms. “Even people who liked this one were a little shocked.” The strangest version of Burnt Ones, Latest draft in different rooms was created after Tester returned to Indiana and began migrating to more experimental territories. Gluing and manipulating tapes are major components, as are synthesizers. Songs like the magnificent “Cascades” begin in the realm of concrete music before Tester’s song turns it into a galactic ballad; it then falls into a soft end of synth and guitar. While there are sometimes nods to writing pop songs, the shine of previous Burnt Ones has faded, paving the way for more adventurous methods of sound storytelling.

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No matter



Tester began experimenting with creating “little pieces of sound” during his final months in San Francisco, before moving to Los Angeles. “I wanted to make music for my listening, not because it’s good, but comfortable, something that could be in the background of the show,” says Tester. The 24 pieces on No matter are intuitive research on synths that straddles the line between ambient music and experimental electronics. Some, like “Subdivision DJs”, use a drum machine to encourage head movement just before a 40-second noise track, “Bloose,” comes along. There are many styles of electronic music here, and on top of it all you can hear The Tester’s Joy.

Caldwell / Tester
Little Flower



At the time of these recordings in 2017-2019, Tester was deeply rooted in experimental music, but was still working with Caldwell, who had returned to Indianapolis about a year before Tester. “We have maintained a constant collaboration from the moment we started to [collaborate]”, says the tester.” Musically, we are really in tune with each other. “An evocative collection of electro-acoustic music with krautrock accents, Little Flower was created on three Sundays of three different April over the next three years. The music is melodic and luminous, thanks in large part to Tester’s synth: the legendary ARP Odyssey. Its melodies move in and around a piano on the opener “Sunday Piano”, while they soar alongside the bass guitar on “House of Phase”. Other songs are more oriented on texture and timbre, like “The Alarm”, closer, which begins with an excited and shaking piano before being strangled by the noise of the synthesizer.

Crazy doberman
Hynagogic relapse and other penumbra phenomena



Crazy Doberman is the project of Richmond-via-Indiana freaks, Tim Gick and Drew Davis, but their recordings frequently feature a rotating cast of contributors. At Hynagogic relapse and other penumbra phenomena, Tester plays synths, flute and percussion, and he also designed the record. The album begins with the tense and industrial “Hypnagogic Relapse”, but overall it’s a diverse collection with more beautiful “Distant Bells” compositions balanced by loud and punchy tracks like “The Opening and Closing of the Tinctures “. This album was recorded at “A Space”, a sort of community recording studio in the middle of a mall in Indianaplis set up by Tester, Landon Caldwell, John Dawson of Magnetic South & Thee Open Sex and Sharlene Birdsong of Thee Tsunamis, White Moms and Service. “We’d be there for, like, three days,” Tester says. “Make 12-hour sequences of completely improvised recording.” Afterward, Davis and Gick analyzed the material and edited it together, and came up with the eight tracks that make up Hynagogic relapse .

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The rhythms of Oblivion revisited



As No matter, Tester’s first solo LP The rhythms of Oblivion revisited has many songs, this time eighteen, often short, but with a higher production value. Testing, too, seems more assured of his playing, his composition and his technical skills. Songs like “Jet Like Silver”, which start just over a minute, cover a lot of ground; rich in melodies and punchy compulsive, the song is fast, catchy and moving. Others, like “Liquid Dance Memory Fade Into Mist”, use minimalist techniques to fill the space, bringing the listener in and out of a series of cascading melodies as the rhythm comes in and out. .

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‘The Arboretum Experience’ Review: Augmented Reality, IRL | Arts https://micgillette.com/the-arboretum-experience-review-augmented-reality-irl-arts/ https://micgillette.com/the-arboretum-experience-review-augmented-reality-irl-arts/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://micgillette.com/the-arboretum-experience-review-augmented-reality-irl-arts/ If there was a way to capture the rejuvenating power of the Arnold Arboretum, a 281-acre wonderland just miles from campus, the American Repertory Theater has. Throughout the fall, the ART’s “Arboretum Experience” will offer visitors free audio games, meditation moves, and pop-up concerts to spruce up the average walk in the park. It seems […]]]>

If there was a way to capture the rejuvenating power of the Arnold Arboretum, a 281-acre wonderland just miles from campus, the American Repertory Theater has. Throughout the fall, the ART’s “Arboretum Experience” will offer visitors free audio games, meditation moves, and pop-up concerts to spruce up the average walk in the park. It seems counterintuitive – bringing an audience outside to interact with nature, while asking them to put on headphones. However, whether it is an immersion in nature or an augmented reality, “The Arboretum Experience” creates a captivating event worth revisiting.

When the public walks through one of the doors of the Arboretum this fall, they will be greeted with a QR code connecting them to a multitude of interactive media. Set in the present and acknowledging the realities of Covid-19, the stories focus on the Arboretum itself. Whether visitors spend their time by the Rose Garden or climb Bussey Hill, audio games create an interactive experience with a personalized ‘scene’ as visitors choose where to walk on their journey. While the concept is laudable and the dubbing convincing, the writing sometimes detracts from the magic. A particularly impressive line in “Ramona the Fearless Goes for a Ride”, an audio piece about a lilac-seeking girl’s adventure, is: “Xavier is the name, spread smiles my game!” Nudge hello now that we’ve met? Maybe the hindsight comes from the global rejection of elbow bumps since Biden and Pence hit the weenuses in 2020; maybe this stems from the obvious ploy to show the precautionary position against ART viruses. Either way, the line is one of many that fail to land.

Despite unnecessary leaps in writing, the plays were intriguing and impressive – especially considering that only seven actors voiced the characters in all four plays, learning and performing their roles over the course of two weeks. A door slams, horns sound, birds sing and music is inserted between the transitions. Sound effects immerse visitors in the world of plays, and layered dialogue and broken lines capture the hustle and bustle of real conversation, creating a satisfying, textured listening experience.

But if the aim is to “experience” the Arboretum, what would otherwise be advantages sometimes becomes disadvantages. If a visitor is walking through the trees, surrounded by singing birds, rustling leaves and chirping insects, does putting on headphones to listen to an audio room full of man-made noise replace a more authentic experience?

Movement meditations help solve this theoretical conundrum. These brief audio files serve as a guide for the conscious interactions between the mind, tree, and ego. Whether visitors choose to hug a tree, follow breathing techniques, or meditate on plants, moving meditations remind them to slow down and take the time to align with the natural world. This critical aspect of “Experience” legitimizes the concept of the piece as a whole, helping visitors to refocus on the depths of this particular collection of trees.

To top it off, ART has invited music and dance artists to perform among the trees every Saturday at 2 p.m. Opening artists Kaovanny and Evelyn Bush kicked off the weekly performances on September 4 with their R&B fusion style, playing a setlist of covers and original tracks. The entrance arch to the Bradley Rosaceous Collection carefully framed the singers. There are few times more rare than sitting under a tree to listen to a guitar rendition of 50 Cent’s “21 Questions”, but these are the kinds of times visitors can expect at the Arboretum throughout the fall. So step out of the hustle and bustle of the city for an “Arboretum Experience” and discover your own magical moments.

– Editor Jacob R. Jimenez can be contacted at jacob.jimenez@thecrimson.com.

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As I Lay Dying releases new statement regarding Nick Hipa’s departure https://micgillette.com/as-i-lay-dying-releases-new-statement-regarding-nick-hipas-departure/ https://micgillette.com/as-i-lay-dying-releases-new-statement-regarding-nick-hipas-departure/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 18:55:48 +0000 https://micgillette.com/as-i-lay-dying-releases-new-statement-regarding-nick-hipas-departure/ As I Lay Dying has officially responded to last month’s announcement that guitarist Nick Hipa has officially left the resurrected California metalcore band. Hipa had not performed with the band led by Tim Lambesis since 2020; the split had been rumored for the following year. Hipa confirmed his departure on August 31, noting that it […]]]>

As I Lay Dying has officially responded to last month’s announcement that guitarist Nick Hipa has officially left the resurrected California metalcore band. Hipa had not performed with the band led by Tim Lambesis since 2020; the split had been rumored for the following year.

Hipa confirmed his departure on August 31, noting that it was “not an indictment against anyone who chooses to stay or be involved. There is a tremendous good that can be accomplished by focusing particularly on the power of music., this comes at the cost of tolerating behavior that sometimes mistreats, disrespects and hurts others. “

He added, however: “At this point however, it has been well over a year since I moved away from them personally and professionally.” Hipa also said: “The talent and unwavering ambition of the band is undeniable. They will continue to release hit music and do good business. On a human level, I hope everything else will be okay for you. them.”

As I Lay Dying responded on Monday (September 20).

“We have kept a low profile for the past 18+ months to adjust to normal routines of home life as the world tries to navigate the Covid pandemic on its own,” the group said. “It brings us a lot of excitement to see live events coming back with many of our peers and friends coming back to the passion of their lives.”

They continued, “Through this downtime from touring and our creative activity with AILD, we found ourselves thinking about the direction each of us needs to take individually and collectively as a group. patience of our fans and our close community with regard to an official statement from the group on the departure of Nick Hipa from AILD over a year ago. “

The remaining members explained that they “respect Nick’s decision to leave the band and make a new path in life. We will certainly look back with fondness on the many great memories, experiences and accomplishments we have shared together over the years. for years. We will be nothing but we support and encourage all of Nick’s efforts after AILD and we wish him the best for the future. Thank you to our fans for their understanding and we will inform everyone shortly about more. other future projects for AILD. “

Lambesis, the lead singer of As I Lay Dying, made his own remarks on this on September 10, stating: “Being able to have different opinions or priorities but still care deeply about the well-being of a person. other person is something that is often lost in our current climate. I just want to say that I really wish Nick Hipa the best in his next chapter of life, and I am grateful that he wishes me / AILD the same. “

In 2013, Lambesis was arrested for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his then wife, Meggan. Imprisoned and released, he then apologized to his family. He has since pursued studies in social work, training in addiction counseling and tutoring for inmates.

Last year Lambesis burned himself in a bonfire accident for which he was later sued by a woman who claimed to have also been injured in the crash.

While I Lay Dying was on hold from 2014 to 2017, its members eventually joined Lambesis and released the comeback album. Shaped by fire in 2019.

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Lou Barlow: “Every time we make a record, I hope to find a magical combination that comes close to the rumble of what we’re getting live. I don’t know if I’ve done it before.” https://micgillette.com/lou-barlow-every-time-we-make-a-record-i-hope-to-find-a-magical-combination-that-comes-close-to-the-rumble-of-what-were-getting-live-i-dont-know-if-ive-done-it-before/ https://micgillette.com/lou-barlow-every-time-we-make-a-record-i-hope-to-find-a-magical-combination-that-comes-close-to-the-rumble-of-what-were-getting-live-i-dont-know-if-ive-done-it-before/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 11:00:16 +0000 https://micgillette.com/lou-barlow-every-time-we-make-a-record-i-hope-to-find-a-magical-combination-that-comes-close-to-the-rumble-of-what-were-getting-live-i-dont-know-if-ive-done-it-before/ As a member of one of the most legendary bands of all time, Dinosaur Jr. co-founder Lou Barlow naturally offers plenty of powerful, but nonetheless pop, win-crank basslines. Sweep it in space, the Massachusetts-based trio’s 12th album and the fifth since their classic line-up reformed in 2005. Live, he happily decimates the crowds with several […]]]>

As a member of one of the most legendary bands of all time, Dinosaur Jr. co-founder Lou Barlow naturally offers plenty of powerful, but nonetheless pop, win-crank basslines. Sweep it in space, the Massachusetts-based trio’s 12th album and the fifth since their classic line-up reformed in 2005.

Live, he happily decimates the crowds with several stacks. It’s trickier in the studio, however, with the bassist admitting he’s still looking for an idyllic boom to best complement – or perhaps compete with – guitarist J Mascis’ screaming tracks.

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Possessed’s Jeff Becerra walks for the first time in over 30 years https://micgillette.com/possesseds-jeff-becerra-walks-for-the-first-time-in-over-30-years/ https://micgillette.com/possesseds-jeff-becerra-walks-for-the-first-time-in-over-30-years/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:08:34 +0000 https://micgillette.com/possesseds-jeff-becerra-walks-for-the-first-time-in-over-30-years/ Jeff Becerra, lead singer of pioneering death metal band Possessed, has walked for the first time since being paralyzed from chest to toe in a shooting in 1989. Becerra uploaded a video of the incredible feat to Possessed’s TikTok and Instagram on Saturday. The singer explained that he was able to walk “using robotic legs”. […]]]>

Jeff Becerra, lead singer of pioneering death metal band Possessed, has walked for the first time since being paralyzed from chest to toe in a shooting in 1989.

Becerra uploaded a video of the incredible feat to Possessed’s TikTok and Instagram on Saturday. The singer explained that he was able to walk “using robotic legs”. It also received an encouraging response from Testament and from former Slayer guitarist Gary Holt, who appropriately commented on several “devil’s horns” emoji.

You can watch the video below.

In 1989, Becerra was robbed at gunpoint by two assailants and shot dead, crippling him from the chest down. He detailed the incident in a 2019 interview with Underground Metal Gamer (via Blabbermouth).

“I have been in a wheelchair longer than I have walked,” Becerra said. “It’s my habit. It wasn’t so much of an accident – I was hit by two different guns in a robbery. I was doing concrete construction. I worked about 13 hours that day. I stopped to buy a bundle of camels [cigarettes] and i guess i flashed a hundred [dollar bill] and on the way out two guys in balaclavas, little ninjas came running up with guns, “Give me all your fucking money.”

“I kind of resisted; I should have given them the money, but I was screwed, I was stuck,” he continued. “It’s not the first time I’ve had a gun pointed at me and I knew they were serious. We got into a fight, there was no way out and I ended up get shot a few times. The first guy pushed a 9 millimeter up to my chest [points to bullet hole]. It went through the ribs and broke the lungs and stuck in the spine, so I still have a 9mm slug stuck on the T3 vertebrate. I think the second guy was covering me about 15 feet away so there was nowhere to run. It was more like a gut reaction because the first hit was “pow!” and right after, ‘pow!’ “

After the shooting, Becerra entered a five-year spell of intense drug and alcohol abuse before changing her life and pursuing new endeavors. He graduated from college, married, had children, and later divorced, when he decided to reunite Possessed. The singer formed a new group and brought Possessed back on stage in 2007 after a 16-year absence. The group has toured regularly since then, with Becerra performing in a wheelchair.

In 2019, Possessed also released their third album, Revelations of oblivion. It came more than 30 years after their first two LPs, the years 1985 Seven churches and the years 1986 Beyond the gates, the first of which is considered by many to be the very first death metal album.

Congratulations to Becerra for this incredible achievement!

Watch Possessed’s Jeff Becerra walk for the first time since 1989

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