Tag Archive: Roland VG-88


26-10-06 Development of an Improvisation

I was going through my video archive when I chanced across a number of clips of me working through an improvisation. Normally, when I video myself improvising, the idea is very much of the moment without any real preparation. But back in 2006, here I am working on an idea until I am comfortable with it. OK – it will bore most of you to a slow watery death, but for those who are interested in where and how the music comes from, this is it. This is how I used to do it.

Featuring:

Godin xtSA
Roland VG-88
Roland GR-33
Roland Handsonic HPD15

GS003 – Soundscape collaboration with Mikhail Medvedev

Mikhail Medvedev invited me to add some sounds to his live soundscaping and so I duly oblige. But instead of using my guitar, I thought I’d use my six-string bass and do my best to play something complimentary rather than competing with my collaborator. Mikhail is a much more gifted player than myself, so I thought taking the back seat and just adding colour and tone would be a good strategy and I think it works.

The performance from me is one take (obviously) and I had never heard the full soundscape from Mikhail before hitting the record button – so it is an improvisation off the top of my head – hence the duff notes here and there where I think I am going down one melodic avenue only to find it is a cul-de-sac, and I quickly change tack. I found it very exciting and an interesting exercise to focus myself.

But here we have the Internet doing what the Internet does best, someone from Russia working with someone from Great Britain. Clever stuff indeed.

Mikhail Medvedev
http://www.youtube.com/user/MikeMed77

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My Passion for MIDI Guitar

I’ve been into MIDI guitar for nearly 20 years now and when a viewer asked me to talk about the guitars in my collection, I thought it would be more interesting to talk about MIDI guitar and the various internal MIDI conversions I have performed over the years.

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