Re: weird bass tricks

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Posted by rosco on June 14, 2000 at 15:32:21:

In Reply to: weird bass tricks posted by mkarco on June 12, 2000 at 22:09:56:

: 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.

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