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More Christmas music: “Peace to You All Tonight”

I improvised and recorded “Peace to You All Tonight” a few weeks ago. The piece is played on a standard diatonic harp in second position. The signal chain starts with an AKG BT330DT mic (my preferred harp mic in 1987, when I bought it, in a signal chain that included a Boss BF-2 flanger, an Electro Harmonix Memory Man delay, and a Fender Twin Reverb amp), which is input to a TC Helicon Voicelive Play vocal processor running a factory preset that’s supposed to sound like the vocal processing on Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”. I think it sounds pretty good on an acoustic harmonica.

I recorded the performance on my Digitech JamMan Solo XT looper, and transferred it to Audacity to convert it from WAV to mp3. That’s about it for the processing. I think the piece speaks for itself pretty clearly in this recording.

The most interesting thing about the piece is the constantly shifting chord voices and counterpoint, all of which are performed in real time here without overdubs.

Enjoy. Merry Christmas. (Please note that we retain all rights for commercial exploitation of this material. Contact us if you’re interested in discussing same.)

“Peace to You All Tonight” written and performed by Richard Hunter. Copyright ©2015 R Hunter/Turtle Hill Productions, all rights reserved

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A Little (Harmonica) Organ Music for Christmas

As I have for a while now, I’m exploring the sounds I can make with a harmonica and two amp modelers running in parallel. I recorded this piece with a Digitech RP500 running a patch that combines a Champ amp model with a rotary speaker, paired with a patch on the Vox Stomplab IG that includes a low octave, an autowah, and a tough amp model. There are some subtle and not-so-subtle things going on here.
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New Huntersounds RP500 patches coming in 2 weeks!

I’ve been steadily developing a new set of patches for the Digitech RP500, whose stompbox-inspired footswitch setup begs for patches that include every category of effect Digitech puts in the box.
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Recording My First Country Session With the RP360XP

No, this isn’t about recording my first country session, just the first one with the Digitech RP360XP.
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A Multi-Colored Piece for Harmonica as Organ

I recorded this improvised piece in my home studio last month. I wanted to try something where the structure of the piece is defined as much by changes in tone as by changes in harmony, and it worked nicely in this case.
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Chris Cacavas/Ed Abbiatti “Me and the Devil” is Released in the USA!

Just picked this up off Ed Abbiati’s Facebook page. The record Ed did last year with Chris Cacavas of Green on Red, “Me and the Devil,” which features yours truly playing harmonica on two tracks, has been released in the USA by Burnside Distribution. Let Ed tell the story…
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“Blue Monk” on the Country-Tuned Harp: It’s All About the Chords

I last recorded Thelonius Monk‘s “Blue Monk” (which Monk originally released in recorded form in 1954) for my solo acoustic CD “The Act of Being Free in One Act” in 1994 as part of a medley that included Jimmy Reed’s “Let it Roll” and “Bright Lights, Big City.” That recording was done on a standard-tuned Lee Oskar G harp played in second position.
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