Every now and then we do some daring things. And this is one of them
This is about music that comes from another place or part of ourselves. In 1999 my teenage son suicided. A short time after I decided to express my emotions through music and I locked myself in a room for an hour with a guitar, an ADAT and a mixer. I recorded what at the time was to be a solo guitar piece called ‘the bardo’. The bardo is a Tibetan Buddhist term that I call the ‘gap between the worlds’. The piece is rather loose in structure and it is in DADGAD tuning. I felt the piece wasn’t quite finished so I recorded the second track. It was hard to follow the first track because it is quite loose because I had never considered adding any other parts.. I happened to have a synth module on hand, so I recorded a few effects that represent the sounds floating around in the Bardo.
I built the guitar at a guitar making workshop in 1994, it has a Dana Bougeois pickup system and it plugged straight into the desk. There is a bit of distortion here and there because at the time I was more interested in quickly capturing the emotion that wanted to come out and not overly interested in audio fidelity at that moment.
I have uploaded the audio file. It’s a musical poem of the heart and I’ve only ever played it to a couple of people because of the fragility of the situation.
There is a gentle eeriness to it but that’s fine I guess.
It can be downloaded from this address http://www.the-acoustic-guitar.com/sound/the_bardo.mp3
The best option on a windows machine is Right Click> save Target As> decide where you want to save it > save >
or If SNAP Shots (which works in conjunction with Adobe Flash player) is runing on your computer, when you mouse over the player an option to play the file will pop up .