Spinning Plates gig
I used a big battery of effects for this gig, including my Digitech RP200, a Boss OC2 octave divider, an Akai Intelliphase, and an Akai Headrush delay. It’s fair to say that the sounds coming out of the harmonica were not the usual.
But I don’t know yet what it actually sounded like (although the guys in the band told me it was a little more driving than usual). The PA speakers were behind me–the band plays facing each other in a big circle–and there were no onstage monitors. (The band works off headphones, and the only piece of equipment I didn’t bring was an adapter to change my 1/8″ headphone plug to 1/4″.) Fortunately, the band always records its gigs, so I do have in my possession an SD card with all the music on it. I’ll listen to it later and post it soon.
One cool thing is that Spinning Plates has a full-time video guy in the band, so while we played a screen next to the band displayed all sorts of video images–pictures of the players, pictures of the players warped in various ways, pictures of cars/buildings/hurricanes/etc. At a few points I tried improvising to the images, instead of to the band. Like I said–different.
I sent out lots of emails to friends and fans for this gig, and plenty of both showed up, so it was a good time for all. I met a lot of harp players that I’ve only encountered previously online, and collected a CD or two, including one from the harp player/singer/leader for CT-based blues band the Mojomatics. I think he liked the effects–at one point (while I was working the Whammy effect, which makes the harp pitch dive up and down two octaves) I saw him looking at my feet, trying to figure out what the hell was making that strange noise.
Like I said, I’ll advise when the music is available online. I hope I get to play with these guys again soon.
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