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GUITARSCAPE is the first Optigan disc in an asymmetrical meter- in this case, 5/4. The chord buttons feature bass guitar riffs, with drums on the SFX rockers. The keyboard scale features clean guitar tones, and like the other discs in our “scape” series, the notes are rhythmically articulated in a variety of syncopated patterns. This makes the scale generally more suited to chords than melodic playing, but both approaches produce nice effects, either forward or in reverse. The bass patterns have been specifically written to allow for a maximum of complimentary chord button combinations, such that pressing certain buttons at the same time produces composite, complex bass patterns. And if 5/4 is a bit too odd for your needs, you can always change chords on, say, every 4th beat, and you’ll get even more complex pattern cycles. All of these effects are demonstrated in the demo video.
SFX Rockers: Drums
Chord Buttons: Bass
Arranged and produced by Pea Hicks
Guitar and Bass played and recorded by Kenseth Thibideau
Drums come from the Optigan Master Tapes
Cover photograph by Kenseth Thibideau
Disc design and mastering by Robert Becker