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Music for Amplified Wood and Strings

by John C.L. Jansen

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Niko Schroeder
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Niko Schroeder I've always found tasteful daxophone music a troublesome proposition, but John really nails it here. I would buy at least three records of daxophone and harmonics guitar material from him. At least. Favorite track: Two Old Friends Pass By Again.
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2x1x2x3x8 06:24
Loop/Feather 00:23
Growl\ 00:23


This album gathers in one place many of my early experiments with homemade instruments, in the form of live performances. There is sparse use of electronics--all the sounds you will hear are amplified acoustic instruments, with a few pedals here and there. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of hearing these sounds as I did in making them.

All tracks recorded as played, except tracks 2 and 4, which were multi-tracked.

The instruments:

duochord - an 8.5 ft 3rd bridge instrument. Isolates string partials.

daxophone - friction idiophone invented by Hans Reichel.

harmonics guitar - a 3rd bridge instrument invented by Glenn Branca.

daxoharmonic guitar - a harmonics guitar with a daxophone soundbox as the bridge block.

2x1x2x3x8 - 2 duochords. Performed by Jared Yackiw and John C.L. Jansen.

Loop/Feather - daxophone. Field recording by felix.blume.

Two Old Friends Pass By Again - daxoharmonics guitar. Recorded by David Bishop.

Growl\ - daxophone. Field recording by felix.blume.

Sequenza I for Harmonics Guitar - harmonics guitar and electronics.


released October 12, 2018

All tracks written, performed, recorded, and mastered by John C.L. Jansen in various locations between 2017-2018, aside from where noted above.


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John C.L. Jansen Takoma Park, Maryland

John C.L. Jansen is a composer, guitarist, audio engineer, instrument builder, and music theory teacher currently living in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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