"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).
Chamber String Group
Modulated & Quantized Synth
Electric Bass (fretted and fretless)
Drums (various kit types)
Aux Percussion (skin, metal, and clay)
Various creepy sound effects
All compositions written, arranged and performed by Tory Slusher.