#3874: Extensions of the Guitar

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 Antique harp guitar exhibited at Berlin
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For this New Sounds, explore extensions of the guitar through the use of electronics, innovative guitaristry, and in a physical sense, in music for harp guitar. The harp guitar (seen above), a literal extension of the guitar, is a late 19th century American invention, which went out of fashion quickly. That said, hear music from Canadian guitarist and harp guitarist, Calum Graham, a duet in collaboration with bassist Michael Manring, and a work as tribute to the late guitarist Michael Hedges. Also, listen to music from Michael Hedges, who perfected left-handed tapping, where his right hand was available to hold down a bass line.

Then, there’s music by composer Paul Lansky containing no guitars at all, but based on American folk guitar music. Plus, Andre LaFosse chops and splices guitar music together like a hip-hop producer in his “turntablist guitar music.”

Hear guitar music by Kaki King from her multi-media project called “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body,” where her custom-made instrument also serves as a projection screen. Listen also to music by Dominic Frasca, who plays a custom-Frasca-made 10-stringed guitar, plus various pedals and his laptop. Each string has a voice and is manipulated through the pedals/laptop, along with his own beats, made by tapping. That, and more.

PROGRAM #3874, Extensions of the Guitar (First Aired 6-15-2016)

ARTIST: Paul Lansky
WORK: Hammer, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Folk Images
SOURCE: Bridge #9060
INFO: bridgerecords.com

ARTIST: Calum Graham
WORK: Farewell [4:33]
RECORDING: Tabula Rasa
SOURCE: Candy Rat Records/ Calum Graham
INFO: calumgraham.com

ARTIST: Michael Hedges
WORK: Because It's There [3:13]
RECORDING: The Best of: Live On The Double Planet
SOURCE: Windham Hill Records #1066. 
INFO:  Out of print, but available as a download from iTunes or Amazon.com

ARTIST: Calum Graham
WORK: The Nomad [4:15]
RECORDING: Tabula Rasa
SOURCE: Candy Rat Records/ Calum Graham
INFO: calumgraham.com

ARTIST: Michael Hedges
WORK: Spare Change [5:47]
RECORDING: Aerial Boundaries
SOURCE: Windham Hill Records #1032. 
INFO:  Out of print, but available as a download from iTunes or Amazon.com

ARTIST: Paul Lansky
WORK: Delia [4:54]
RECORDING: Folk Images
SOURCE: Bridge #9060
INFO: bridgerecords.com

ARTIST: Andre LaFosse
WORK: Dark Amber [3:24]
RECORDING: Normalized
SOURCE: Altruist Music #2301 
INFO: altruistmusic.com

ARTIST: Dominic Frasca
WORK: Forced Entry [8:25]
RECORDING: Deviations
SOURCE: CA21032
INFO: cantaloupemusic.com

ARTIST: Kaki King
WORK: We Did Not Make The Instrument, The Instrument Made Us [5:06]
RECORDING: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body
SOURCE/INFO: kakiking.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: R. Carlos Nakai & William Eaton
WORK:  On Painted Wing [3:28]
RECORDING: Carry the Gift
SOURCE:  Canyon Records CR-7006
INFO: canyonrecords.com