The GM spotlight was focused on sampling pioneer/lap steel dulcimer player, J.A. “Dino” Deane in the Instant Takemitsu post a few years ago. It seemed appropriate to spend more time with him on the eve of his new release Zen Noir, on which he directs theOut of Context ElectricGuitar Choir, made up of six guitarists and two percussionists, using a method called Conduction.
Conduction, developed by the late cornetist/composer Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, is a vocabulary of signs and gestures transmitted by a conductor to an orchestra, providing instantaneous possibilities for altering or initiating harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing or form—a kind of middle path between notation and improvisation. Given that Conduction is all about gesture, it made sense to post my Skype interview with Deane, so he could demonstrate some of the signs employed. I urge you to check out this video where he explains how this new method of music performance works and expounds brilliantly on a variety of musical subjects. He was also kind enough to revisit the GM questionnaire and provide an update on his live performance gear.
Sampling pioneer J.A. Deane gives an overview and an update on the state of live sampling, with lots of invaluable info if you are considering (as I am) investigating an iPad based system. Oh, how far we have come.
Damn! Now I really need an iPad. Shout out to sampling guru J.A. “Dino” Deane for hipping us to this new iPad app, Samplr, on his blog. It looks brilliant. Check it out and check out what he has to say about it.
Instant Takemitsu is a trio comprising two instrumentalists and a visuals artist. Electric lapsteel-dulcimer player and sampler extraordinaire J.A. Deane is a pioneer of modern music. In his work with Butch Morris, Jon Hassell, and others he has been a sonic adventurer for three decades. To Instant Takemitsu he brings his stylings on an electric version of the Chinese Gu Qin. Guitarist Tim Motzer has carved a prominent place in the Philadelphia music scene with ensembles and solo, ranging from straight-up funk to atmospheric dance accompaniment. The two instrumentalists have developed a unique synergy with visual projectionist Dejha Ti, one that I was privileged to witness at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY last March.
In our longest feature yet, Guitar Moderne is proud to present the story of these three distinctive artists and the project that unites them, complete with extensive gear descriptions, insights into music making, and thoughts on the artistic life.