Anti-genre DIY violinist pressing loop pedals & pushing purists' buttons. Curating music technology, electric violin, and innovations in classical and cross-genre music performance. No kittens. Maybe Ewoks.
Here’s another track from today’s rehearsal. It’s my own solo violin arrangement of Anakin’s Theme from Star Wars by John Williams,with polyphonic violin techniques like those used by Bach and Bartok et al. to get all the notes from Williams’ rich orchestral score onto one instrument. I’m doing this on electric violin with some longish reverb effects to enhance the polyphony, but it could be played just as easily on an acoustic violin.
No loop pedals were harmed in the making of this track.
A smallish video excerpt from yesterdays rehearsal of my orchestral piece. Premiere tomorrow in Cassels Concert House at 17.00.
Some audio from my rehearsal this morning, using some simple drone + melody loops to build a version of Griogal Cridhe (Gregor’s Lament or Beloved Gregor), an old Scottish folk melody. This version is in honour of the late, great Martyn Bennett, who inspired me so much at our time together at music college in Glasgow.
The track then fades over to Bobagem by Céu from Brazil, a piece I’ve been doing for a while now, and as such starts to form a suite I’m calling “An Outsider’s Lament”, a mix of music from all of “my” countries.
I’ll start performing this version live next week in Sweden.
…and Bach. Together. Mashed. Up. Like…totally.
This week I’ll be recording mainly Björk…
Arvo Pärt. Massive Attack. Violin. Live-looping.
I just made a test for the upcoming Large Weaving Opera. In the opera we are performing on various weaving tools, and one is the handloom. In this particular test/experiment, I only wanted to see if I could get something out of it faster than before. But I am also developing the music/rythmic language for the opera. Slowly.
Passacaglia: Where Are You? by Ash Madni. Performed by Ian Peaston (electric violin). The entire piece is looped live, with all sounds produced electro-acoustically on violin via Ableton Live. From the upcoming Violin Variations album.