Episode #3381

Altered Sounds of Acoustic Guitars

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

For this New Sounds program, hear music for acoustic guitar that has been altered or augmented in some way, either by splicing tape, via electronic sounds, or computer trickery of some kind.  Listen to a work from the late Michael Hedges, for acoustic guitar and tape, chopped up, layered, and with some parts even spliced in backwards.


Then, New Zealand-born composer John Metcalf's work "The Third Fire" is for guitar plus digital delay, and features guitarist Tom Kersten. Plus, there's altered guitar in an epic work from Dominic Frasca, where he feeds the instrument's sound through a laptop which enables each string to become a separate instrument in his work "Deviations.  That, and more.

PROGRAM #        3381, Altered Acoustic Guitars   (First aired on 9/21/2012)                                                          





Tom Kersten’s G Plus Ensemble


Metcalfe: The Third Fire [10:42]

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Michael Hedges

Aerial Boundaries

Spare Change [5:47]

Windham Hill #1032

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Dominic Frasca


Deviations [22:58]


Andre LaFosse


Hammerhead [3:57]
Dark Amber [3:24]

Altruist Music #2301

Comments [1]

John Bacsa from Atlanta

Mike Oldfield's Guitars album fits the category very well. It is a pity that you did not include some of this music eg. "Embers".

Dec. 20 2013 03:05 PM

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