« on: April 14, 2008, 09:11:54 AM »
The electric guitar as the primary source for creating ambient music seems a tad overlooked.
I agree with Alan that it can be the processing that makes the sounds interesting, but not
necessarily just a bit of scratchy, glitchy jiggery-pokery kind of thing. The software available now
can really transform the source sound - naturally, it helps if people play something interesting in
the first place ! All manner of looping, granular synthesis, spectral manipulations and the like
allow for a lot of scope.
I was pretty much introduced to ambient by Eno's music, so I initially thought it was all treated
synths and Rhodes Piano, but I discovered lots more.
For me one of the most evocative 'ambient guitar' styles is David Sylvian's volume pedal / tremelo
I've used electric guitar as the primary sound source on almost every one of my albums and I'd like
to develop some guitar ideas further - I'm working on a technique to get a kind of a Harold Budd
'sound' on the guitar and am still working on various ebow techniques.
Interested to hear people's thoughts.