Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever - new song release

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has released his second song in a series of singles being released digitally this year, a guitar-driven cover of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever"

The song is available in MP3 (320kps), AAC, and higher-quality formats FLAC, MP3 HD, Apple Lossless and WAV. An instrumental version of the song is available in these formats as well.

For guitarists, there's a "Player Pack" that has a transcription of the entire lead guitar track as a PDF file - musical notation, TAB, fingers, picking, and helpful hints. Included with the transcription is a 'Backing Track' mix and a 'Boosted Lead Guitar' mix, in both WAV & MP3 formats.

The "Producer Pack" contains 48kHz/24-bit Stereo WAV files of the mix 'stems' - there's a file of drums, percussion, bass, rhythm guitars, guitar harmonies, lead guitar, guitar extras, and vocals that you can load into your multi-track software and play with levels, making your own mixes.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Black Out Baby

I did a challenging performance art event on Tue. Feb. 15th that friends of mine created, called Blackout Baby.  30 minutes of playing electric and acoustic guitar in complete darkness.  As I played, there were things going on in the room, but neither the audience or myself knew what it was (I kinda knew, but couldn't see...) There was a camera crew with night-vision cameras filming it. The next day, the video was edited and everyone in the audience got to *see* what they had unknowingly experienced - sex, food, music...

After the show (and after everyone smelled the delicious Argentinian steak at one point in the show) we were treated to a delicious dinner at Buenos Aires Restaurant in NYC (gracias Ismael!!)

This first show was more of a test run, but we hope to take the party on the road - some talk about Brazil, Moscow... here's some of the night-vision vid...


The guitar tone in the video isn't the prettiest as I gave them a computer-direct-out audio signal, no classical acoustic sound on the vid either, but you get the idea of the overall experience... this was our first run through. Should get crazier from here...