I have recorded my sophomore solo electric bass album, Shudder, which is now available to stream and download on bandcamp.
This album is part of a continuing project that explores low frequency sound performance on the electric bass.
Shudder consists of five improvisations lifted from a recording session at Rolling Stock Recording Rooms on July 3, 2017. Recording and mixing was handled by Myles Mumford. During post-production, layering of the bass tracks, (e.g. lowered transpositions of the original bass) were incorporated on some pieces to help reinforce the sub sonic range. I will be exploring my interest in this area more extensively as part of my Masters Degree at Monash University, under the supervision of Cat Hope.
Most commercial playback systems will not handle this album well. Headphones can provide a clearer sound, but obviously some frequencies are not going to be present. Investigating how the sonic nature of my music can exist in a recorded format will form a part of my Masters research. I am intrigued about the solutions I will find and believe the exploration to be a worthwhile pursuit.
Shudder represents the inherent darkness and heaviness present in this music. The individual titles for each improvisation were derived from treating the word Shudder as an acrostic poem.
artwork by Jim Grimwade