Bruce Arnold John Stowell
Bruce Arnold—Acoustic, Electric Guitar and SuperCollider
John Stowell—Acoustic, Electric Guitar and
In "Sonic Infestation" Bruce Arnold has literally
deconstructed a free improv session he recorded with the wonderfully
inventive John Stowell. Using parts of the improvs, whole sections or
superimposed tracks and a gamut of processing, he has created some very
unique and to my ear, abstract, music. When I tackled the graphics for
this CD, I approximated the process Bruce had used by taking one
of my own abstract collages and processing the colors, lines and
overall composition using various Photoshop filters. Look and
Sonic Infestation is a duet record where all the sounds you hear were
played on guitars or drums. What makes this recording different
is either the overlaying of one piece of music over another or the
processing of the guitar parts to make new sonic events.
The session consisted of a series of acoustic guitar duets and one
multi layered electric guitar duet with John playing both guitar and
percussion while Bruce did multiple layers of guitar processed through
supercollider. In the case of the overlaying of two different
piece of music this was done at random fashion with relevant material
from both pieces being combined to make the whole. The acoustic
guitar pieces were duplicated with those tracks being processed via
protools or supercollider to create accompaniment or new musical
sections of the relevant pieces.
"Sonic Infestation": A combination of one acoustic guitar duet and
another duet recorded later.
"Filtration": Combines an acoustic duet with the acoustic tracks being
also used as a rhythm element, by selecting key rhythmic moments within
the original tracks and processing the sound.
"Exciter-Excitee": Is an electric, multilayered duet with John playing
an electric guitar and percussion. Bruce is playing electric
guitar processed through supercollider. John and Bruce trade
"Primal Resonance": is an acoustic guitar duet superimposed over the
electric guitar duet, with relevant artifacts from both sources
processed and selected to provide the sonic bed.
"Temporal Inversion": Is the overlaying of an acoustic duet over the
electric guitar duet with also the acoustic tracks being duplicated and
"Simultaneous Vectors": is an electric guitar duet where
multitracks were recorded in 4/4 and 5/4 time signatures. John's
sol is processed through a ring modulator.
"Segmentation": is an acoustic guitar duet which superimposed over the
electric guitar duet where the electric and acoustic track take the
forefront at different times. The electric duet is highly processed so
original content is hardly recognized.
"Mask" is both an acoustic duet and the electric duet superimposed and
processed in SuperCollider and Protools, where you don;t hear an of the
original tracks, only the new sounds created from the processing of
"Temporal Crossing": is the combination of prepared acoustic guitar
duet with John's chordal accompaniment from the electric guitar duet
"Palindrama": is an acoustic guitar duet where the tracks have been
played backwards and were doubled and used as effects.
"Spectralab": is a piece where the first gestures of track 1 were
processed. Only the sound of a low E-String was processed by taking the
upper partials of the sound and sustaining them using a
reverb with an extremely long decay. The resulting sound was
again processed through delay effects, to create the final result.
1. Sonic Investation
2. Temporal Crossing
6. Primal Resonance
7. Spectra Lab
9. Exciter Excitee
10. Simultaneous Vectors
11. Temporal Inversion
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