I Gotta Guitar
- I Gotta Guitar
(mp3 audio file/3.1 Mbytes/2'33")
composed-performed-realized by Brad Garton, first week of May, 2010
This piece is the result of several 'threads' coming together at once:
- thread 1 -- I've always enjoyed playing "producer" of
music in a recording-studio sense. The management of the sonic
surface and the shimmering results from studio/audio tools are great
fun for me. Every once in awhile I attempt to do-again the kinds of
things we did back in the old analog recording-studio days
for some examples from the late 1970's/early 19780's). Pieces
are examples of this impulse. And of course, I Gotta Guitar.
- thread 2 -- I've always wanted to play the guitar, and I'm not
really very good at it. I also have never owned my own electric guitar.
Back when I was co-owner of the
studio with Rick Thomas, there were always guitars around from various
bands. I could pick one up an plink around, my "talent" was good
enough for making punk-noise but not much else.
- thread 3 -- For years I've built 'virtual' guitarists,
using everything from hacked physical-models/performance-model agents
(Rough Raga Riffs,
to occasional alternative controller strangeness
I thought maybe it was time to get real.
- thread 4 -- I've been listening to a lot of guitar-ish-y
and studio-ish-y music lately, especially groups/artists like
- thread 5 -- I have a small faculty budget from Columbia
that I can draw upon each year. I purchased an Apple iPad to do some
development, but I had a small amount left over. Enough to buy a shiny
new Gibson/Epiphone Les Paul guitar. Oh yeah!
- thread 6 -- I like to pretend to be young again. I'm planning
to go back to Columbus for our 35th High School reunion next month.
We'll all be young again.
- thread 7 -- Lian and Daniel need to be reminded that
their Dad does, in fact, Know What Cool Is. Hi kids!
So there. I still don't really know how to play the guitar, but
I have a computer. Rock on!