When I first ranted about this subject five years ago, I said at the time that I didn’t like magnetic pickups in acoustic instruments. The basis for my dislike was that magnetic pickups only amplify the strings and not the … Continue reading
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I played a couple of solo gigs in July, the second was at LongPlay in Fitzroy North. Contact mic’d acoustic bouzouki running into a PA, 6 strings not 8 of course, in a free-folk kind of vein. I was pretty happy with the way it went (wouldn’t share otherwise) but I reckon I’ve still got a way to go. Tim Coster was also on the bill that night, making his amazing analogue/digital looping drones, along with the debut of McKosker/Harris/Callaway – two basses and a synth, hope to hear more from those folks soon!
I’ve just put out my second solo release via Bandcamp. Light Through Amber was partly recorded on my solid-body electric bouzouki and to my ear it’s quite a bit darker than the first album. Seven tracks recorded in 2012 and 2013. You can listen/order it here:
So I made a Bandcamp site for my solo music. My first release Long-Necked & Blue is available to purchase from said Bandcamp right now, either as a very limited CD-R or download. It’s a full-length album of solo acoustic bouzouki recordings in a free folk / improv / primitive guitar vein (only it’s bouzouki not guitar) with rebetika as the starting point but definitely not the end point. There’s probably a lot of other influences going on in there too but I try not to think about it a real lot.
I made a rare solo appearance a little while ago and decided to break out the acoustic bouzouki for the occassion, contact mic attached. The always wildly entertaining improv legend Garry Butler was also on the bill. Thanks to Ben Byrne for the invitation to play.
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I originally had this made for me by Graham McDonald in Canberra, who can most often be found designing and making mandolins and Irish bouzoukis of various kinds. At the time he was also making a solid-body electric bouzouki so … Continue reading
Some rembetika purists detest the idea of amplifying the bouzouki and whilst I sympathise with them to some extent because I love playing my acoustic trichordo unplugged, there are other occasions when I like to make a lot of noise and an acoustic … Continue reading