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Guitar Treatments

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"It was in the early nineteen-nineties, as members of the avant-rock group Blim, that the guitarist and the treater began constructing musical works using electric guitar and the electronic treatments of the sounds produced. A significant point came about the day Frank Zappa died, when guitarist and treater performed and produced `The Eagle', a piece of music involving four tracks of slow, simple and sustained, interwoven guitar lines, treated using a variety of exotic effects. Sadly, it is believed that only a poor-quality recording of this piece still remains. In light of this recording, it was suggested that a future project should take place, involving variations, far and wide, on this theme. As events progressed, the guitarist and the treater became separated physically, and time passed. Eventually it was decided that a short, but intense project should, and could take place, the result of which you hold now. The pieces were constructed in the same spirit, manner and framework as with the earlier pieces, a key aspect being that the works were split into two very distinct halves; those of guitar and treatment, the 'sound' being separated into two constituents, those of before and after it leaves the electric guitar. The guitarist played the electric guitar. Though he chose and produced the pitch and duration of the individual notes, he was not involved in any way with the `colour' of the notes, nor the treatments applied to the notes. The treater treated the electric guitar. Though he had no involvement with the choice of pitch or duration, nor of the playing of the individual guitar notes, he applied all the treatment subsequent to each note being produced. Guitar Treatments was produced between the 16th and the 18th January 1998 in Birmingham, UK. In many ways, due to the nature of the pieces, some being ideas, though unheard and unpractised, and others being purely improvisational, this `production' involved the totality of composing, arranging, playing, recording, treating and mixing. This intensity of effort over the two days was expected, was indeed planned, and it was welcomed. It was within in the spirit."