A Brush with Abstraction

by The Jive Monkey Cartel

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about

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstraction

"Try to Visualize a unique chamber ensemble composed of various aliens, mutants and otherwise unusual individuals (from "all around") performing in a dark spaceport "lounge" (located in the Zeta-Reticuli star system)."

This album (and incarnation) of the Jive Monkey Cartel features a "virtual chamber ensemble". Everything is captured from a real-time performance (via a polyphonic synth controller) and then orchestrated and arranged onto a "virtualized" chamber ensemble, if you will. The actual "arranging" takes place via Finale and Reason.

...Let me explain:
Since I play guitar like someone might play a keyboard (with both hands tapping out chords, melodies, rhythms, counter-melodies, harmonies, comping patterns, bass, lead,etc....), I can more easily gather polyphonic musical ideas and even capture multiple parts in real-time. This in turn, gives one the ability to think, or rather, "plan" a piece (from an arrangement / "finished product" point-of-view), while they're still playing / conceptualizing it.

Oh yeah, .....also playing some conventional "lead guitar" parts in several places (tracks 1, 3, 10, 11). Hope you enjoy the album and please feel free to play this album very loudly, but don't hurt yourself.

Note* - Most of the drum / percussion parts were performed in real-time utilizing a Korg Nanopad (as a "finger drumming" controller).

Instrumentation:
Electric guitar
Trumpet
Violin
Cello
Vibraphone
Chamber String Group
String Quartet
Orchestral Strings
Flute
Oboe
English Horn
Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
French Horns
Trombones
Piano
Rhodes
Poly Synth
Modulated & Quantized Synth
Harpsichord
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Zither
Harp
Sitar
Electric Bass (fretted and fretless)
Double Bass
Drums (various kit types)
Tabla
Aux Percussion (skin, metal, and clay)
Various creepy sound effects



All compositions written, arranged and performed by Tory Slusher.

credits

released 23 April 2012

Photo courtesy of Artist Mark Rain. Photo is displayed here under a creative commons license. (Please visit Mark's incredible site for more amazing art - www.azrainman.com)

Text layout (for the artwork) provided by Igal Gabbay (jackasspenguinshow.podomatic.com)

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