The Complex Plane (BP Guitar)


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.

4 Responses to “The Complex Plane (BP Guitar)”

  1. You create a “sound-world” that is of interest; but compositionally, it has no substance. I also feel the “ground” is out of context in the particular “world” you create. After 30″ or so, it just sounds like ‘noodling’; music that is more interesting to talk about than listen to, is, in my own lexicon, not “music” at all, but rather a rendering of your intellect-music from the chin up. Where’s the Heart?

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment. I presented this piece as a directed improvisation, so I’m not surprised some would consider it noodling.

    I am curious as to what you mean by ” I also feel the “ground” is out of context in the particular “world” you create. ”



  3. b0b says:

    The beauty of the Bohlen Pierce scale is in its lack of tension. It *is* somewhat cold sounding, and music made with it tends to lack “heart”. An emotional response is generated in music by tension and release. In a scale without tension, some emotion is suppressed.

    To say that it’s “not music” is narrow minded. I don’t like some of Chris’ pieces, but there’s no denying that they are all music. The emotions conveyed are, to me, complex and reflective of the modern world. In this particular BP improvisation, I get the feeling of urban alienation, like turning inward while walking on a noisy, crowded street. It is an artistic statement. Art expressed as sound is the definition of music in “my own lexicon”.

  4. admin says:

    Thank you very much for taking the time to listen and comment b0b. I very much appreciate what you say about my music. To take a quote from the “About Chris Vaisvil” page “My goal is to communicate with you and if what I do speaks to you then I as an artist have succeeded.”

    Again, thank you.


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