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Artist Feature: Unconventional Creativity

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Today’s Artist Feature is all about the unconventional. What would a wire chair sound like if it were translated into music? What does an exploding ball of yarn sound like? Find out as we dip into videos and clips that step beyond the conventional ideas of composition and video. Creativity has no limits or boundaries and this collection of videos is a great example of that.

Antenna Research used the Bertoia Side Chair designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952 as inspiration for this track. “We wanted to make something a bit more “clangy” than usual,” the duo explains, “With the chair being made from metal wire; a piano seemed like a good place to start.” The chair and its unique design are considered a symbol of mid-century modern design and this track with its moments of metallic sounds, beats, and piano captures the essence of Bertoia’s own words about his design, “If you look at the chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes through them.”

 

“A Sullen White Surf” from Der Geist 66 is a visual feast of color and waveforms. The pulse and grooves of this modular synth track come to life in trippy and geometric fashion. Lex was the pedal of choice for this live recording.

 

This beautiful piece by Tyrone Douglas pairs Native American flute with BigSky for a truly expansive and warm sound. The added drone underneath the ethereal sound of the flute provides an immediate sense of place and mood. See Tyrone’s YouTube page to for more pieces that create natural sounds using instruments and percussion.

 

“I like to Groove (a lot)” from Jeremy Nattagh takes us on a creative slinky black light trip complete with sanzula, synth, handpan, flute, and drums. Be sure to watch and listen to the very end.

John Biotno’s preset of the day is pretty nifty sounding combination of part whale song, part siren.

And here’s how it sounds…. 😂😂 #whaleflange #strymon #timeline #presetoftheday

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Creativity abounds in “Adventures in Sound” from Little Fox Films. Using stop motion animation, various effects are shown to do everything from brew coffee to splitting apart an avocado. It’s a pretty cool idea with some innovative and fun imagery. Who knew the Big Sky could hatch flowers from a nest of eggs?

A little something #stopmotion #sounddesign #guitarpedal #strymon #micropog #critterandguitari #pocketpiano #montrealassembly

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Deco meets a curious electronic musical instrument called the Sidrassi Organ by Ciat Lonbrade in this clip. This unique analog organ is based completely on touch with two oscillators modulating the tones of the seven wooden bars. The amount of pressure applied effects the tone produced. The 42 nodes can also be touched to make “weird and unique tone and gesture combinations”. Steel wool can be gently applied to the nodes for even more variation (as seen here.) Be sure to listen with headphones to get the full effect.

About October
October Crifasi is musician and writer based in Los Angeles where she lives with two cats, five guitars, and a pet dragon named Scorch. She has written for Acoustic Guitar and Classical Guitar magazines and also runs a guitar program for girls in Los Angeles called Girls Guitar School. When not making or writing about music, October leads a parallel life as a comic book writer and overall nerd.

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