Electric Guitar & Interactive Electronics
Composer: Benjamin O'Brien
embed (live) is a recorded improvisation for electric guitar and interactive electronics. When faced with a new electric guitar sound, some audience listeners might brush it off as just another effect. However, it is the effect itself that is the focus of their attention, which, in turn, minimizes the electric guitar and its role as a sound producer. Thus, in a sense, the effect supersedes its source. One way to get listeners to distinguish the instrument from that which is being processed is to invite them to confront the discrepancies between live and recorded sound. While recorded sound is a fixed representation or history of some sonic event, live sound is (sometimes) heard for the first and only time. In embed (live) the electric guitar acts as both an instrument that produces sound and a controller of another. While one sound is a live product of electromagnetism, the other, although composed in real-time, is a fabrication of fixed recordings contingent on the electric guitar input.