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Posted by Cyber Pablo on March 24, 2002 at 14:46:39:

In Reply to: Re: weird bass tricks posted by trau on June 20, 2000 at 11:36:27:

: : Hi, Anybody know a site that shows how to build a Therimen? Thanks loads, C.P.

: : : I recently saw Chris Wood (of Medeski,Martin, and Wood) play a "freeish" jazz concert. He used this technique in which he held some sort of "rod" and placed it vertically on the bridge. Then he bowed the rod. It had a harmonic type of sound, but he could change the pitch, (it seemed.) This is the observation of what he was doing, but it might be completely wrong. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY CLUE TO WHAT THIS TECHNIQUE IS?

: : : mkarco

: : : Also, does anyone know of any other strange or unusual sounds or "tricks" to get sounds on upright? I play mostly free jazz and these things are effective to use in certain situations.

: : This could probably be a therimen (a rod which changes pitch and volume acording to how far away an object is to it) that is being run through the same
: : amplifier as the bass. Together, these two instruments could be used to make
: : "harmonized feedback frequencies" which sound a lot like what you are describing. I do the same thing with a Gibson Les Paul and a yamaha keyboard run through a Marshall J.C.M. 800 series amp head. It's a great sound and I
: : don't think anyone other than me and him are doing it, at least, I hope they aren't for the sake of originality.

: There are a lot of cool ways to get crazy sounds out of the upright. Try bowing the bridge or the tail piece of the bridge. The bridge will feed back and the tail piece sounds similar to a digeridoo. Also sticking stuff in between the strings results in some interesting noises. Paperclips are a favorite. A drumstick stuck between the strings is also a good one. Experimentation is the best way to find things out. I have seen Wood play a bunch of times and i did not think it was a theremin or anything plugged in much but maybe it was. Anyway good luck.

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