Being the lucky guy that I am, I share a recording studio on the Lower East Side with about 8 great people. About twice per week, I am down there recording either by myself or with others that I invite. So on this blog, I am going to post some of the results of those sessions. Much of the work that I do at the studio is experimental and I’d never release it properly, but it seems a shame to record and never have anyone hear it! It’ll all be rough and mostly unmixed, but I hope that it will give you an idea of what I am up to.
The first track I’ll post is something I recorded with my main man John playing viola. I used an EV RE20 mic on the viola but I don’t think I would use it again. The only thing I composed was the 4 note (F-C-A-E) riff that repeats throughout. We made up the rest, over dubbing together twice.
Day 1 (James Hirschfeld/John Richards):
The second track I’ll post is something I made today. I’ve been playing with drones a lot using a digital sruti box for the last year and have been studying just intonation as well. I’ll probably do a number of posts on just intonation, but for now, I’ll just post this track which is based on just intervals and sliding between them. It’s very rough and basic….not my ideal vision of what I want to do with just intonation…really, it’s just a study I guess. Playing a note and holding it very steady (within a cent) is very challenging. Ideally, everything I do would be in just intonation, but it’s a work in progress.
Drones ( James Hirschfeld)