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Harmonics
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NEMO 035
year: 2011

project coordinator:Nick Robinson
mastering: Nick Robinson
artwork:Nick Robinson


A harmonic is "an overtone accompanying a fundamental tone at a fixed interval, produced by vibration of a string, column of air, etc. in an exact fraction of its length". My first encounter with them was as a teenager, watching mystified as Rory Gallagher moved his hands down the neck but the notes played got higher! I eventually learned what they are and to this day, remain fascinated by the bell-like purity of guitar harmonics. For this project, harmonics of any kind were deemed acceptable, even "comb filter resonance" which Michael Peters assures me are harmonics.

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1 Andy Cocker
stream track Silver Clouds
I sampled a single harmonic played on acoustic guitar. The entire track is built from this one sample, which is treated with a number of fx and sequenced.
2:51 
   
comment 09.05.2011: Nick Robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  Your first CT offering Andy, but I hope it won't be the last. You've managed to squeeze an amazing sonic variety from one loop, imagine if you'd used two loops!
   
comment 10.05.2011: Jim Goodin (woodandwiremusic.wordpress.com)
  Love the opening tone of the tense string, nice evolution.
   
comment 10.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  more than honorable first contribution. thanks andy!
   
comment 12.05.2011: Anton Mobin (http://antonmobin.blogspot.com/)
  impressive opening !
   
comment 17.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  Fascinating what you can do with one tone. Killer opening track!
   
comment 17.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  Fascinating what you can do with one tone. Killer opening track!
2 Roger Sundström
stream track Harmonic Beating
Harmonics, created on guitar using the same technique as Hans Reichel Playing behinds the bridge creates a lots of subtle harmonic tones. The recorded sounds are then manipulated in Wavelab with some vst effects.
3:19 
   
comment 10.05.2011: Jim Goodin (woodandwiremusic.wordpress.com)
  Roger pleased to see you in Ct...., wonderful how connected we all are in these various communities. I hear your dense dark northern tones throughout, good piece.
3 Anton Mobin
stream track Unexpected Harmonics
Harmonics in this composition are created by bowing several small strips of metal with a toothbrush. Besides, I use a rubber bow rubbed on the wood which created rough harmonics. "Unexpected Harmonics" is a melancholic composition.
3:25 
   
comment 11.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  interesting wide palette of sounds, achieved with a simple but effective method. a sad song, indeed :)
   
comment 12.05.2011: Anton Mobin (http://antonmobin.blogspot.com/)
  yes you're right Raül; the next one would be more joyful
so, thanks to let me take part of the project
   
comment 17.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  Lovely sounds, this reminds me of Reichels Daxophone sounds but more metallically. Like the way you work with the dynamic.
4 Michael Peters
stream track The Resonant World
"The Resonant World" is based on comb filter resonance (a special case of harmonics). Underwater recordings of pebbles moved by surf get harmonized by a comb filter drone; later in the piece, drum sounds get harmonized by comb filtered guitar chords. The vocals are based on a granular synthesis treated excerpt of Djurdjura's piece "A Dezzi a Saa". Mastered by Walter Brühn
4:28 
   
comment 10.05.2011: Jim Goodin (woodandwiremusic.wordpress.com)
  Michael vast and atmospheric as always, almost hear so much Fripp in your work, excellent.
   
comment 10.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  michael, your work has reached such a level of maturity that everything you do, either more accessible or experimental, is always of the highest quality.
   
comment 17.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  Lovely track, like the way you build up the feeling in the track and a great solo...
5 Jeffrey Letterly
stream track In And Out Of Clocks
created from overtones played on piano strings. I like to think it conveys some intricacies of clockwork.
3:46 
   
comment 11.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  this is the kind of track you'd expect to hear from an experimental music group that contains sampled piano harmonics, and not what I did :) one of my favorites.
   
comment 17.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  I´m partial to this kind of sounds, lovely, in the middle I can hear a glint of Zga before it ends.
6 Rick Walker
stream track Beautiful Christine on the Occasion of Her Birthday
Four string American made Fender Stratocaster (tuned E B E F# - for Lydian Barre Harmonics) (I just left two strings off of it, because I'm a dweeb who is only posing as a guitarist) Prototype LP-2 Mini Looper with a couple of brand new looping options I added: 1/4 speed and Random Retrigger Electro Harmonix Freeze pedal (very hip pedal that my lovely wife just gifted me on HER birthday - that's how cool she is). VOX DA-5 5 watt, battery powered practice amp. Two separate improvisations (unsynced) recorded in Mono with no effects (ATM 4033) into Audacity on a MacBook
4:46 
   
comment 09.05.2011: Michael Peters (www.michaelpeters.de)
  wonderful. Where is the Like button on this website?
   
comment 10.05.2011: Jim Goodin (woodandwiremusic.wordpress.com)
  wow Rick pleased to see you in CT... maybe you have been on other projects but nice to see you here, lovely piece and love the title most of all.
   
comment 11.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  i love savage music and this certainly is.
   
comment 17.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  A kaleidoscope of sounds meet me and the track grows in a nice way.
7 Rinus Van Alebeek
stream track Welcome to the Crypt
I used recordings made in Pecs, Hungary and a sample from a live performance with The Hat Effect. To create the harmonics I fed 3 tracks of the four-track recorder with the same recording, each with a slightly different pitch. The development of the piece is of course due to the many recorded fragments I used. Extra voice on "Welcome to the Crypt" is by Jeff Surak.
4:42 
   
comment 10.05.2011: Jim Goodin (woodandwiremusic.wordpress.com)
  wonderful documentation scape Rinus, nice to run across your creativity again.
   
comment 11.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  i enjoyed a great deal, rinus and roger most adventurous & radikal approaches. well done guys!
   
comment 12.05.2011: Anton Mobin (http://antonmobin.blogspot.com/)
  excellent method as usual
for a subtle track ! great !!!
   
comment 17.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  This one was interesting. Nice listen to in headset. You can hear the light tinges
8 raül bonell
stream track Under
raül bonell: electronics / imma tomàs: piano. lo-fi recording of piano overtones into five12 numerology, triggered using the onboard 'evolve' functions. idem with the internal OS X speech voices, driven by numerology algorithms. incidental sounds build ITB using additive synthesis (which was born out of the overtones physics!) no samples, except for the piano.
5:46 
   
comment 09.05.2011: Michael Peters (www.michaelpeters.de)
  I love this. Could listen to this stuff for hours
   
comment 10.05.2011: Jim Goodin (woodandwiremusic.wordpress.com)
  highly creative and mysterious Raul.
   
comment 12.05.2011: Anton Mobin (http://antonmobin.blogspot.com/)
  what a great composition ! probably my favourite one !
thx !!!
   
comment 17.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  Very nice texture here, the dynamic mixtures with the sounds. Good composition!
   
comment 31.05.2011: Richard Wixner (www.anotherplanerecords.com)
  Innovative! Really liked the vocal treatments. Very interesting and mysterious.
9 Nick Robinson
stream track Ahhhh, Monique!
A telecaster, tuned to E F C G B C generated all the harmonics on this track using fingers and a violin bow. Post-processed and arranged using Ableton Live. For more info, see www.looping.me.uk
6:16 
   
comment 11.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  Speechless!
   
comment 18.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  Very good production, nice sounds and distinct composition. Like this one.
10 Steve Moyes
stream track Flyover
Bowed cello harmonics sampled and played back via midi keyboard.
8:44 
   
comment 10.05.2011: David Cooper Orton (www.davidcooperorton.co.uk)
  I was listening to this atmospherically charged piece when the skies unleashed an almighty crack of thunder - fitted right in!
   
comment 11.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  i'm basking with all those clusters of noises and very high pitches fighting on top. beautiful, steve!
   
comment 18.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  Nice rigid acoustic sound here, you can hear the harmonics very clearly and the track is growing beautiful.
11 David Cooper Orton
stream track Chimes Of 3 Domes
Harmonics generated by electric guitar and then processed by Line 6 M9, primarily the Frequency Shifter/Ring Modulation settings, plus various delays and reverbs, with post-production re-pitching in Acid Pro 6. At various points, the random harmonics generated by a Fernandes sustainer guitar were added to the mix.
9:54 
   
comment 09.05.2011: Nick Robinson (www.looping.me.uk)
  You have a disconcerting knack for producing my favourite track on almost every project you submit to. Once again, an intelligent, thoughtful and intriguing piece of music!
   
comment 10.05.2011: David Cooper Orton (www.davidcooperorton.co.uk)
  Nick - that's most generous - thank you. You keep on bringing these intriguing concepts to the CT table, it's always such a pleasure to explore the possibilities they suggest.
   
comment 11.05.2011: raül bonell (raulbonell.tumblr.com)
  a complex & elaborated o(ve)rtones arrangement. another favorite.
   
comment 18.05.2011: Roger "ErocNet" Sundström (http://erocnet.bandcamp.com)
  Could swear this track was a guitar and drum duo but I was wrong. Very nice texture and the harmonics is dancing like raindrops...


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