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Published on Feb 25, 2018
"the outskirts of infinity" is our latest video offering, and is...different again from the more typical ambient music videos we normally feature. I am just doing my best to maybe... relax a bit, and tackle lots of different types of music. this time, a wonderful vibe sound on the guitar inspired a sort of George Harrison chord progression, completely unplanned and made up on the spot - and that's very fitting too, as the 25th of February, today, was the late, great Harrison's birthday. so this tune, with it's Beatle-y sound and it's title borrowed from a Hendrix lyric - this one is for you, George.
the piece, like so many that I perform, is wholly improvised, I went in with absolutely no preconception of the song besides which patch I might use. in this case I had just switched patches, and I really love the sound of a vibe - and that suggested something relatively simple - so I did something that is both quite uncharacteristic, and also, that I haven't done for too long - I just made up a long series of chords, with some repetition, but working to keep the whole thing cohesive and give it some light movement. I was even able to incorporate a little bit of lead guitar playing in between those lovely E minor based chords, and the guitar sound worked really well for the kind of chord / lead / chord / lead transitions where there is no time to change the patch or your pickup or your guitar volume - you have to control the volume via your picking strength, and this vibe patch worked great for that - play an E minor, then, a little solo - repeat a few times - and that was that.
this piece is definitely not ambient, I would absolutely call it active, but it has a nice, slightly moody "feel" to it - which is really mostly down to the lovely patch more so than anything I was doing - this piece was always going to sound like this, I was just the guy who happened to be making up the chords - a lot of fun to make something like this, and it hints quite well that it could easily enough, be adapted into an actual song. given that it is a total improv, it's remarkable that it is practically a song - the third track of the day, and take 1 of that track as well - I present to you now "the outskirts of infinity".
"the outskirts of infinity" was recorded live to digital on February 4th, 2018, and was improv 3, take 1 on the day.