Today in class, we were doing sonic landscapes and we were allowed to use anything we wanted, as long as we didn't play in instrument in a conventional way. eg, no strumming, no plucking, and no conventional slapping. It had to convey a kind of theme/idea, and through a lot of experimentation, I got some crazy noises out of my bass and another fellow's Washburn Taurus (which is a freaking slap MACHINE, I love it!). So far, I've come up with (on a bass)... 1. Scraping a credit card (student card for the poor crowd like me) up and down the strings (only works if you've got rounds or rougher flats like TI's). 2. Sliding harmonics 3. Hitting an open note and bending it behind the nut or the neck itself. 4. Drumming on the body (if you've got a bass that's really resonant, it'll get the strings going wildly and you can get different tones from different parts of the body). 5. Slapping right in front of the saddle with a finger right in front of the nut. 6. Remote control above the pickups (in between them seems to be the sweet spot). I've done all of these clean, but they really get crazy when you start to use effects on them. I use the following effects for best results: 1. Wah, delay, distortion (trebly guitar kind), or the raggh-ragggggh kind of bass distortion. 2. Delay (2 sec) and reverb (at once). Very whale-like with muted plucks on the E and A and proper phrasing around the 7th and 9th fret harmonics on the D and G respectively. 3. I prefer this one clean, actually. 4. Reverb might be cool, but too much colouration of any kind would ruin the sound. Very cool sound clean. 5. Delay. Very heart-beat like. Rockin' cool! 6. Wah, all the wah you can muster. For some reason, the digitech doesn't do anything to the sound with the remote (anyone know why?), but wah-ing it at variable speeds and intensities is just...intensely cool.