Archive for the ‘rock’ Category

Sweeney’s Agony

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

A fair use illustration of using a poem fragment from Sweeny Agonistes as song lyrics. What is unusual about this piece by Eliot is that it was intended to have musical rhythms in the meter, though conceived in a jazz context. Here is an illustration in a blues context. Source is Collected Poems 1909 – 1935 Copyright T. S. Eliot.

Sweeney’s Agony – Johnny Pumphandle Remix
Sweeney’s Agony – First version

Vocal, fretless electric guitar, rhodes (Dimension Pro), tenor sax (Dimension Pro), and drums (Session 3 drummer). All but the drums are live performances.

under a peculiar sky (17 edo with glitch video)

Monday, May 29th, 2017

audio only

A Day Removed

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

a_day_removed Photo by Chris Vaisvil

A Day Removed is a piece for rock ensemble – three tracks of Bholen-Pierce Electric Guitar and Drums.

For the Sunset

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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For the Sunset is a 22 edo composition in 70’s rock ensemble format. I’m using my newly installed GK-3 pick up to run the guitar through a Boss GP-10 guitar processor to obtain a faux 22 edo 12 string (opens the song), a Les Paul through stack like lead (alternates with guitar rig 5 lead) and the bass sound. The straight 22 edo sound is present as a counter weight rhythm with chorus. The drums are a mix of hand placed samples and loops. The composition was recorded and mastered in cakewalk Sonar. Yes the first two chords are the 22 edo equivalent of the opening of a famous 70’s song (I like the sound of the two chords, sorry) but the resemblance ends there. The form is ABCA with B’s chord progression becoming pretty chromatic against drone strings.

By Any Other Name (31 edo rock band)

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

012rs Photo by Chris Vaisvil


By Any Other Name is a 31 note per octave rock band composition using several tracks of 31 note per octave bouzouki, fretless bass and drums. The music makes use of the consonant 3rds that 31 edo provides as well as its hyperchromaticism.

theory about love

Friday, August 19th, 2016

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theory about love is a guitar driven 19 edo rock song in collaboration with The Two Regs.

The Complex Plane (BP Guitar)

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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The Complex Plane is a two track Bohlen-Pierce guitar rehearsed (and therefore directed) improvisation with backing drums. Click on the graphic above to see the guitar and information on this tuning.

Eagle Dressed 2 (Slo-Mo)

Monday, July 4th, 2016
By scorpious18 on Flickr - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7686205

By scorpious18 on Flickr – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7686205

Eagle Dressed 2 in Slo-Mo (Paul’s extreme stretch manipulated to give ample time to evaluate the harmonies)

Eagle Dressed 2 – in real time with drums, 5 string bass, electric 12 string, electric 6 string guitars.

The music was performed on 12 equal instruments and then re-tuned to Eagle tuning via melodyne 4 on each track separately and mixed down.

Rock Trio in Harmonic Series

Friday, February 26th, 2016

P1080285crop Picture by Chris Vaisvil => West Virginia near Hillsburo


Not for the faint of ear!!
Rock Trio in Harmonic Series is an extreme recomposition of the Nevadatite material put into the context of rather heavy and dissonant rock trio of guitar, bass and drums using the raw unreduced harmonic series and the idiosyncrasies of Kontakt.

Being Califlower (12 equal – ImprovFriday mash)

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

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Being Cauliflower (feat. Shane Cadman, Chris Vaisvil, Jude Cowan and mashed by Steve Layton) – Nearly every musician has had the experience where they join in a free-form unplanned improvisation and magic happens in the room as everyone seem to pull their parts from the air and make a cohesive whole. As one who has experienced that I have to say it is an awesome feeling of being “plugged in”. What is even more incredible is when this happens when the respective musicians can’t hear each other and separated by hundreds or thousands of miles across the internet. Steve Layton in 2012 took a number of separately recorded tracks for the then ImprovFriday (now sound-in.org) and put them together with little editing and the result is one of my favorite collaborative tracks “Being Califlower”. I hope you enjoy it as well.