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Comment by Apollonius on February 23, 2012 at 7:17am
Inspirational stuff.Thanks for sharing! What's the device you use in your left hand? Some sort of bottleneck?
Comment by eyes cast down on March 23, 2012 at 10:49am

Well done, Eric! Letting the EBow rest on the strings for a drone, while doing other things, is a great idea. Haven't seen that before. I'll say it again, it's great to find someone working in JI. I don't know of anyone else in the community doing that - and Robert Rich is the only one I know of in the "Ambient" scene (though he's rightly renounced that term, not to be limited by it).

Heading over to your Bandcamp page...

Comment by Eric Jackson on March 25, 2012 at 6:49pm
Thanks so much!
I think Robert Rich is the only Ambient composer who is outspoken about his use of JI. I know Steve Roach has used microtonal aspects in some of his music--though to what extent, I don't know.

Apollonius,
Sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. I'm using a standard tone bar in my left hand to alter the pitch of the strings.
Comment by Micah Atwell on May 17, 2012 at 12:29am

Eric, very cool improv and very inspiring! Have come to this vid after reading your blog post about ambient guitar, particularly because we seem to share a similar thread... rock/metal roots, guitars and our approach to them (although I never quite excelled at the technical proficiency). I felt almost as if I were reading my own thoughts on your blog post. It's really great to find people out there now who've been similarly inspired and doing this all along. For a long time, I only knew musicians who were strictly rock/metal and it had me feeling quite alone with my 'adventurous stuff'. As for this vid, I think you've inspired me to play around again with my fretless guitar :) Cheers!

Comment by Eric Jackson on May 18, 2012 at 10:45am

Micah,

Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the video and the blog post.

I too came from a very rock/metal background. A lot of my friends were weirded out by my sudden shift to ambient--but my music is all the better for it. I'm producing some of the best music in my life thanks to embracing the Ambient genre.

I play fretless guitar too! What kind of fretless ax do you have?

Comment by Steve Koc on May 27, 2012 at 1:26pm

very cool

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