EAES 201

Aesthetic Education

Song Performance – Minute at Hailsham

Lyrics

Ruth who was there at your birth?
Who loves you who values your worth?
Maybe theres someway we can find a way

Come round and I’ll play you a song
With you is the place I belong
I wonder if anyone cares what we say

I feel so alive..

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Audio Snippets of Working Progress

stretched strings - b/w

In this post I am tentatively sharing with you some audio items I might usually keep to myself, so think of yourselves as privileged, or something.

From the first day of experimenting with creating my own original ‘acoustic percussion’ influenced composition, I have been using the Voice Memos app on my iPhone to keep track of my ideas and progress. Turns out I can upload these directly to an online audio sharing site called SoundCloud (you’ve probably come across it), which also has a code that I can embed directly into WordPress. So here they are; seven of my ‘behind the scenes’, rank beginner practise sessions, broken down and conceptually explained.

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Acoustic Song Developments

Thomas Leeb is another friend of Jon Gomm’s who has his own particular style of acoustic percussion. He uses the bottom front and side of the Guitar nearest to his string which, as my practise of this technique has evolved, is similar to the area I have adopted for my original composition.

With the use of my iPhone and desk top notes, I have constructed an original piece I am happy with. The voice memos function on the iPhone has allowed me to record and develop musical and vocal ideas on the fly, and a book I had to read for my English 110 class provided me with the topic of inspiration. There are a total of three new techniques I have employed when composing this song: finger-picking, tapped harmonics, and the accompanied acoustic rhythm which was the initial inspiration.

I have been practising my song twice a day, and run it by a few people, so far with positive responses. Initially I’ve been practising whilst being sat but today I began attempting to play whilst standing; I think this will carry the song better when I have to perform it to class in a few weeks.

Bob Brozman – Acoustic Percussion

Today, Jon Gomm, one of my inspirations for my EAES 201 project, posted one of his main influences to his Facebook page.

Bob Brozman has a great percussion style which, you can sense, has just evolved from him playing around and having fun with different sounds.

He has a blues style with his 12 bar structures and use of slide, it definitely lends a more natural approach to playing.

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PERSONAL ARTS PROJECT PROPOSAL

The main focus of my project will be the process of learning to incorporate a percussive element into my current Guitar playing style. I have always admired artists such as Jon Gomm and Andy McKee; they both utilize the large hollow area of an acoustic Guitar to mimic the sounds of a drum kit, whilst playing complex melodies on the strings at the same time. In Gomm’s case, he even sings; he becomes an entire one man band. Having this extra dimension allows the artist to compose songs with different textures, the Guitar itself increases in polyphonic capabilities. Although this particular style of percussive playing has been around for a while, it is far from mainstream, and appears to be evolving into new versions, and original styles month to month.

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