Post 47: Electric guitar sounds
I am spanning the musical genres this week the last post recommended some 18th century French music but today we are at the other end of the spectrum. I had my first foray into music written and arranged for an electric guitar quartet performed at a fairly new small venue, The Forge in Camden. My colleague Ella (an erstwhile electric guitar player herself) and I went to a gig by a group called Ludi led by guitarist Adrian Lee. The music was inspired from a wide range of sources, including Joni Mitchell, Philip Glass and medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut. It was exciting to hear the electric guitar being played in such a new (to me) and subtle way. It would be lovely to work with the group here at the museum once we have a slightly bigger and more acoustically suitable space to use. So it was a useful and enjoyable research evening. Check them out here where you will also find links to their newsletter and musical examples.
My electric guitar epiphany continued when one of our residential neighbours gave me the heads up about an article on page 22 of the Times, (24 July 2014). Apparently a scientist has mapped out the physics of a virtuoso guitar solo (in mathematical equations) and proved electric guitars use the same patterns of sound as a human voice. I went to the original paper entitled “String Theory – The Physics of String Bending and other Electric Guitar technique.” Here is a link to the article – ok I confess I was lost at the first fundamental frequency equation perhaps I should stick to the listening rather than understanding.
“proved electric guitars use the same patterns of sound as a human voice”.
Eric Clapton said in his 80s South Bank Show special that when he play’s a solo he’s singing but through the notes played on the guitar.
It’s taken this long for science to catch up.
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