We do like a bit of experimentation in music, safe in the knowledge that the tradition is alive and well.  There are a number of artists at the moment taking us in new directions and we are going to look in more depth at this shortly. For now here is Eoghan Neff, an international award-winning Irish fiddle player and musicologist from Cork, now living in Madrid: Eoghann works solely with the acoustic instrument, an interest in improvisation, ergonomics, and the avant-garde.

On Week One, his hand crafted art-box CD not a word is spoken: All the sound comes out of a single acoustic fiddle and all the sounds, including those looped by the fiddle-player's phrase sampler and controlled by him, are performed and looped on the spot as heard and seen on the video below. According to his website "Looped phrases that are subsequently reversed or played at half-speed are initially performed backwards or at double the speed to facilitate the process, and again, all at the same moment: In sum, no electronic effects, no overdubs, no post-editing, no prerecorded loops: Any volume adjustments to aid the sound through the bridge are also made there and then by the same fiddle-player: Always the same fiddle-player, alone, always the same acoustic fiddle." Really interesting stuff. Check it out and check out his website : www.eoghanneff.com


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