VIDEOS Live Improv Gig: Boardzilla Echoplex SpaceStation And More...

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  1. John Ziegler

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    i've got a bunch of fun live clips to share from a gig a few weeks ago @ the Baked Potato, here in LA...
    w/"The Zetetics"(an all improvisational unit that i put together). the dudes i played with are fantastic!
    Karl Hunter - Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet
    Paul Ill - Bass, Rumblin' Effects
    Arlan S - Wurlitzer EP, Mini Moog, Hohner Clavinet, Leslie Noizes
    Joel Taylor - Drums, Inspiration

    brought my current rig(Robin Savoy w/Arcanes, Diamond Phantom half stack, LASD Boardzilla, Lexicon rack: only for some reverb ala PCM-60), with an Echoplex(manipulated on a stool up front) and also added a Digitech Space Station into the mix too. fun stuff! :roll

    an overall stage gear shot beforehand...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_stagegear.wmv

    diamond crunch channel w/echoplex, kicking in some univox super fuzz around 2:00...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_fuzzecho.wmv

    using the digitech space station for some shimmery swells behind karl's bass clarinet rubato...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_spaceswells.wmv

    fired up the A/DA flanger for some wobbly stuff at the beginning of the solo and some echoplex slapback throughout...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_flangecho.wmv

    we actually never jammed together as a group(and some never even met before),
    so pardon the camera audio mix at times (the bass and keys were in direct line of fire) and any unforeseen clams, yeaow.
    in the end though, it was a total blast! :drink
    more clips to come....thanx to our vid buddy, george.
    please enjoy!
     
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  2. Ed DeGenaro

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    A lot going on there, that pedalboard of yours is sounding fantastic really great playing John if I lived over there I,d be at the gigs............thanks for posting. :AOK
     
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    Long live 100% improv! Absolutely where it's at IMO.

    Great stuff! Keep the clips coming!
     
  5. hottub

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    man, you went off after about 2:25 in that 'fuzzecho' clip! great improv man!

    and that bass clarinet...I'd never seen an instrument like that. where I come from you could score some serious boo-tay with that thing...
     
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    Some guitarists just have the Crayola 8 pack to draw with. John Z uses the 150ct. Telescoping Crayon Tower. Love the videos! Keep posting them!

    :phones
     
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    How are you using the X-Blender?
     
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    Nice clips, LOVE LOVE LOVE the Free Improv stuff. I have Hundreds of hours of stuff like that. A bunch of us used to jam every Monday night for about 4 or 5 years and we recorded about 85% of the jams.

    Great stuff...

    Chris

    PS Wish there were more places for this type of music out in suburbia but I think inner city clubs are more apt to host this type of thang.

    Thanks again...
     
  9. John Ziegler

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    hey thanx always, ed deMAN!:BEER
     
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    i love the pedalboard a lot, it's a killer palette of sounds!
    thanx for checking it out, and if you're ever in LA, bring it on!:BEER
     
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    thanx a lot!
    the old univox super fuzz is one of my all time faves....
    the way it compresses and makes the notes "percolate/sizzle" is a blast to play with!

    ahhhh, bass clarinet is right at the top of my sonic kingpin list...and Karl is awesome on it!
    some of my favorite horn players (Eric Dolphy, Bernie Maupin, Bob Mintzer) have put that thing to great use.
    it's a really fantastic and 'original' sounding instrument.
     
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    muchos gracias....improv/jamming is lifeblood!
    hey, every monday night(recording for the past few years)...sounds very familiar! :band
    i wish there were more places EVERYWHERE that booked this type of stuff!
    jam on!
     
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    there's a fairly in depth explanation here....
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=388485

    basically, it's in the loop of my diamond phantom, and i can blend stuff in parallel at line level, ie. reverbs, echos, etc....
    depending what i'm using at the time, and how i want that gear to effect my overall sound.
     
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    hey, crayons?!? too advanced for me!
    it's all about the finger paints!:roll
    thanx very much for the kind words and checking out the clips.
    here's some more scribblings.....

    way up close! combining the mutron octaver with a tycobrahe octavia(to get sort of an mxr blue box effect) and slipping in some whammy pedal pitch-shifting in there too, then eventually just going for it, cranking up the echoplex a bit too....
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_octavewham.wmv

    straight diamond crunch channel on some gospel bluesy vamp(of unknown bars/keys), working the volume knob on the robin savoy, the arcane pickups sound and feel great...(with a few juicy clams included too, pardon! :eek:)....
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_bluestone.wmv

    having a fun(?) time attempting to slide around with the low action on the robin, again diamond lead channel w/some echoplex slapback....
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_slidestuff.wmv

    clean channel of the phantom making some noize skittering around with an mxr stereo chorus during the first part, then to crunch channel, that diamond is sweeeeeeeet...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_chorusclean.wmv

    a few more vids to come! thanx again! :drink
    rock on!
     
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    more great stuff John. I really got to check that place out the next time I'm out that way. Seems like a cool joint.
     
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    thanx a lot!
    the baked potato is pretty much a musical "Mecca" to lots of players and fans from all over the world.
    every month, their calendar is filled with a plethora of some of the world's best musicians and groups.
    there's definitely something special about this little place that's been open for 40 years now.
    i feel VERY fortunate to be able to play there and have a weekly residency(for 4 years now).
    plus, the room just always sounds great!
    ohh, and the potatoes they serve are KILLER! :bow
    so good, they make some folks jump up and dance!

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    Wow! I missed this post, I am glad it came up again. Extremely excellent guitar playing as well as the other players involved. Lovin all of it!

    Best Regards,
    Steve
     
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    thanks for all the kind word, much appreciated!
    the guys that played with me are really fantastic.:bow

    so here's the last few guitar-y clips from the gig...
    (again, pardon the audio at times, the cam mic gets pummeled by the bass and keys)....

    trying to hang on after a nice keyboard jaunt, raving it up using both the A & B sides of the diamonds lead channel.
    then after the noodling, going for some swell-noize with the good old echoplex and boss vibrato....
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_leadvibrato.wmv

    a decent example of the mutron octave divider in action on the lead channel of the diamond,
    laying down a primal sorta riff, and then some, caught in a wave of bass and keys....
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_octadiamond.wmv

    the dudes fell into a couple of old standard riffs by the meters, so we(i) started goofing around on em,
    and then karl and i trade licks, while i'm using the backwards sound in the digitech space station, fun...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_backwardscissy.wmv

    gracias and cheers! :drink
     
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    SMOKING!!! That was some fantastic playing, you guys cook!
     
  20. John Ziegler

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    thanx very much!
    it's always a real treat when you get to jam with guys like that! :BEER
    and for anyone interested in the "process", here's the entire (de)construction of a fully improvised "tune", in 3 clips....

    starting off clean and going into some '70s fusion-ish inspired groovin...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_groove1clean.wmv

    stepping it up with some great sax soloing and interplay...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_groove2clean.wmv

    veering off into a heavier groove and a barage of noize and stuff...
    http://www.johnzguitar.com/JZzetetics_groovelead.wmv

    btw, if y'all are in the LA area TONIGHT(thursday the 21st) and looking for something sonic to deal with.....

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    cmon out, good times! :dude
     

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