I spent about an hour or so on sampling and processing my E-Bow using my Gibson ES-175D. This is something that has rattled around my head for months. Well after I got all the samples loaded in my EXS-24 sampler and played around a bit. I now believe that like many organic, complexed timbre based instruments, it’s not easy to make practical samples. I could really get into it and make multi-level, horizontally, velocity based samples that articulate and distort like the real thing. It would probably take me hours and never be quite right. Or I can just pickup my guitar and E-Bow and record the track. I’ve decided that I’ll stick to the “multi-track” approach for E-Bow and forget the E-Bow sampler idea.
I’m presently working on the third song from my new music CD “Alien Metals”. That’s not to say that the first two are done, it’s just the way I work. I like to leave all the guitar and bass parts until the end. Doing this allows me to hammer out the song structure and direction and implement all the “inspirational” goods first. This also assures continuity between takes and keeps the energy of the guitar focused to the piece which in instrumental music like mine is everything. One of the down sides of doing this is I get sick of hearing the song faster. That’s why I like jumping around and working on a bunch of stuff at once. It keeps me from getting sick of any one song.
The new song is called “See Ya at Cydonia”. It’s turning out to be a bit of an epic work with a “A,B,C,D,E …..” construct. I’ll see where it goes but so far it’s pretty intense. This is one one few songs I’ve written above 120 BPM tempo. It’s turning into my “Gates of Delirium” or “Suppers Ready”. I hope it doesn’t become my epitaph.