This year, 2021, I released the second album following my Video Music concept. This means that every track on the album originally was conceptualized as a music video. With these videos I want to show how all the instruments, heard in the music, actually are played.
Myself, I enjoy it so much more to watch music being performed, compared to just hearing an audio recording, and I also want others to experience this wonderful aspect of life.
Here’s one such video:
Video Music – release date June 21, 2020. A concept album. The concept for this instrumental music album is that I typically started with video ideas and then created music to fit my visions. I just guessed that most people, like I do, enjoy more to actually watch instrumental music being performed rather than just hearing it. So I made one long video of the full damn album! Seven instrumental song’s videos visually morphing into each other. It was much more fun to do it this way; with the video platform as the main concept right from square one.
I love all kind of expressive musical instruments and have been lucky to acquire a few, many to be seen in this space-rock video.
The newest is the eight-stringed *strandberg Boden 8 electric guitar. It has a tone that feels almost alive, having strings eventually vibrating into overtones (I’ll make a separate video on this phenomenon as soon as a time window comes around). It’s also great to have access to that lowest octave for overdriven amp sounds and palm-muted percussive notes.
The Chapman Stick goes even lower though, but not with the same aggressively chugging attack. So I use the Stick for plain bass line playing in this piece.
The EWI – Electronic Wind Instrument – is loaded with a symphonic oboe patch here, but it is actually capable of covering six octaves just like the Stick and the 8-string guitar.
The electric cello plays a similar complementary role, screaming out bowed pinch notes for transition as well as dubbing a unison guitar melody. The cello is hard to play in a melodic way, but I like how the sound of it can add depth and emotion to the overall sound of a piece.
The Tim Donahue Signature Electric Fretless Harp Guitar opens the video by fading in a harp-plus-guitar note cluster. Long ago I was looking for a good fretless guitar and found out about Tim’s model with the included six-stringed harp system. I have other fretless guitars and mostly use this one for the lush harp sound. If I ever get rich I will definitely order a second one with frets on the guitar neck, so I can combine fretboard tapping with harp plucking. But for now, this is just me dreaming about harp heaven :-)
Finally, I’m also using the Sitar. It has eighteen (18!) strings where you only play on one, while the rest are hanging in for sympathetic “buzz-tone” resonance. I really enjoy making music with this palette of instruments and strongly feel that this video marks a beginning with a lot more to come.
For one of the summer 2019 Chapman Stick concerts, I did a bit of vlogging to share with you what it means to go out and play music for an audience. The way I do it here is as a solo artist in instrumental music and since I’m all freelancing there is a lot of preparation behind the scene, hard work that the audience rarely are aware of. If the initial talking bores you, a link at 00:25 allows skipping directly to the live music playing.
Excerpt from a solo concert at Tynnered Kyrka, Sweden, on June 24 2015. First song “Gammal Fäbodspsalm” is an old traditional folk melody. Second song “Emerald” by Per Boysen is only featured here by the intro part because the camera stopped filming there…. Sorry about that, the full concert was some forty minutes.
Below are the dates and venues of my October 2014 US west coast tour. This project would not be possible without the great help from Rick Walker, Gene Perry, the Free Hands Academy, Peterson Entertainment and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Thank you!
BEST of Y2K14 International Live Looping Festival
ANNO DOMINI GALLERY, SAN JOSE
366 South1^st Street
Oct 15-20, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco:
YK2 International Live Looping Festival.
For day’s program, several venues in Santa Cruz.
Founder Rick Walker says:
Now in it’s 14th year, the Y2K14 International Live Looping Festivals have expanded to 21 cities in 11 countries worldwide. It is a very creative and eclectic festival that celebrates the musicians who love to create and manipulate loops, live, in front of an audience. There is no style or genre associated with the movement, just the love augmenting musical performance with digital and analogue looping techniques.The main festival is in Santa Cruz, California for 3 days in the 3rd weekend of October every year. This years’ festival will be from October 15th – 20th in San Jose, San Francisco and Santa Cruz/Watsonville
Guitar Merchant http://www.guitarmerchant.com/
7503 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
7pm – 11pm
A bunch of Stick players will play solo pieces in a round-robin manner.Do not expect one single dull moment!!! :-) A Stick Night initiated by Gene Perry of the Free Hands Academy.
Emmett Chapman, Kevin Keith, Don Schiff, Gary Jiblian, Michael Johnstone, String Planet (featuring Larry Tuttle and Novi Novog), Mike Kollowitz, Gene Perry, Per Boysen.
The streets of Stockholm Södermalm (the southern city island, “SoFo”) will be cooking by outdoors live music on June 6. First time I performed at Fête de la Musique in Stockholm was 2002 and in recent years it has become a healthy habit for me to take part in MMS every June 6th.