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Hello from a solo bass player!

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by Buddhapadge, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Buddhapadge

    Buddhapadge

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    My name is Paddy, and I've been doing solo improv gigs for the last year and a bit or so. I've been on Talkbass for ages, but I only noticed this forum now! I suppose I come at the solo angle a bit differently than some of the people I've listened to on here, but I reckon there should be some interesting discussions in the future, hopefully.

    I put out an EP last year that's available for free download here, I reckon a forum devoted to solo bass might be one of the few places that likes it. :)

    http://patrickkiernan.bandcamp.com/
  2. russtolium

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    I've listened to the EP for the past few days. It gives me a similar feeling to when I listen to minimal ambient electronic music. Very atmospheric, calming but with a distinct tension throughout the tracks. Nice work!

    Question: How do you approach improvising in an experimental context? It seems especially difficult to me without much in the way of a guiding tempo.
  3. Buddhapadge

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    I think improvising in this kinda context is very difficult, to be honest. I spent months practicing this kinda thing, and the recordings are pretty much all snippets from that. I never knew when a good idea was going to come, so I'd just plug into the computer and record everything. I found it helped to have an idea of what I wanted to do. As an example, I remember for the first track I wanted to set up a majorish sounding motif, and see how long it would take to shift it into minor. I used a DL4 on the recording, and I was really happy with the ghostly sound of the loops as they decayed.

    A guiding tempo would have made things more difficult for me, though. The DL4 was pretty much the only equipment I used, and it doesn't have a metronome or any way to sync up to a rhythm track. As it happened I liked the surprise of looping out of tempo, and not knowing how each new idea would work. Sometimes you'd get really close note clusters, and I always enjoyed them. Since then, I've gotten a Boss looper that I run at the same time, deliberately out of sync. It almost feels like random harmony is being created. But that's an idea for EP#2... :)

    But anyway, thanks for listening to my music. It really means a lot to know I'm not the only one who likes it! :)
  4. Buddhapadge

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    Since this is the only solo bass forum I know of, I just wanted to share my new music. Like my first EP, it's a collection of solo free improvisations I recorded last winter. Thanks!

    http://patrickkiernan.bandcamp.com/album/2
  5. Robert McVey

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    This is great music. I will have to listen to both of these albums over the next couple of days.

    Thanks
  6. Michael Manring

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    Beautiful sounds, Paddy, thanks for sharing it with us.
  7. Plantbrain

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    Nice tonally. Good stuff.

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