[Harp-L] DM-48 midi harmonica - plays Little Walter tune
Thu May 11 11:23:31 EDT 2017
I agree that the role of the harmonica in a band situation can be so much broader than how it tends to be used currently. Your work proves that very well, including the new album!
I also agree that covering various parts, and realizing interesting musical arrangements with harmonica in a live situation, would be much more feasible (not to mention social) with more than one player rather than a looper. It would be great to see more of this happening, and a device like the DM48 can certainly help facilitate such collaborations.
Andy can keep his job as drummer, though.
John Shirley, Professor of Music and Sound Recording Technology
University of Massachusetts Lowell
> On May 11, 2017, at 10:53 AM, Richard Hunter <rhunter377 at xxxxx> wrote:
> John Shirley wrote:
> <As my drummer, Andy Fordyce, and I have recently been working up
> looping/layering <arrangements to play out busking at Faneuil Hall in
> Boston this summer, I was super curious to <combine all of these things and
> try them out with the DM48. Prior to this song I have been using a <bunch
> of acoustic harmonicas for layering our live arrangements (including chord,
> chromatic and <various diatonics)... https://youtu.be/l7Qu_sTLBT8?list=PLD-
> Some very interesting sounds in there. Beyond the sounds themselves,
> there's an implication to these develpments that should be made explicit.
> The implication is this: it's time for harmonica players to begin thinking
> in terms of more than one harp player in the band.
> Two or more harp players is overkill when both harps sound the same. All
> that whinin' and cryin'--too much is too much, ain't it? But when either
> or both harmonicas can sound like just about anything you like, there's no
> problem in stacking them up, and it's no less valid to have 2-3 harmonica
> players in the band than it would be to have 2-3 keyboards or guitars--both
> of which we've seen many times.
> Of course having two harmonica players in the band demands that both of
> them have a better knowledge of music than many harmonica players now
> possess. Standing to the side and riffing once in a while is a different
> responsibility than playing parts that are core to the band's sound. But
> if your typical guitar player can handle it, I'm sure harp players can rise
> to the occasion.
> I've taken steps in that direction with my album "The Lucky One."
> Performing that music onstage will require at least two harmonica
> players. The arrival of these MIDI instruments makes a multi-harmonica
> approach even more timely and feasible. Learning curves aside, there's not
> much reason to think that a harmonica player can't take on the roles that
> have traditionally been played by other instruments--just about everything
> besides drums, and maybe that too.
> Regards, RH
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