Heya, I’m Jesse McInturff. I’m an LA-based television composer and music educator, but mostly I’m a guitarist by trade. Composition isn’t friendly to guitarists, its a world of keyboardists, and most creative briefs have something against guitar; I’ve always made it my mission to try and sneak as much guitar playing into my cues. With the doldrums of the lockdowns striking me I reached out to three of my best guitar students and asked if they would be interested in helping construct a library: The Dorkchestra. I figured lots of people have sampled guitars with e-bows but I’d never heard a SECTION of guitars played with e-bow. The dorks, Sebastian, Jackson, and Riley (Left to right in the stereo image) are mic’ed from about 15 feet back outdoors on my student Jackson’s outdoor patio. Jackson also has a connection to the BBC as he is the grandson of Dennis Marks the head of music at BBC Television in the ’90s. As a result of Covid times, we did have to record the library outdoors and as such there are lots of bird chirps and wind noises, I’ve included a “room tone” recording for noise reduction. Everything labeled RR2 is a sample, and the RR1’s are alternates as they were supposed to be a set of round robins that were abandoned due to the weather. They only cover the first octave of the guitar. After a freezing Sunday morning and afternoon outdoors up in Laurel Canyon hanging with some teenagers, I humbly submit the Guitar Dorkchestra. It’s chaotic and imperfect, but sometimes that’s exactly what’s called for.
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A touch of the old Frippertronics?
I may be mistaken but there seems to be something Bowie-esque about this instrument – and of course I mean that in a good way. It’s great for overlaying on separate tracks with delays and reverbs and some panning automation to create a sense of tension or textural variation to an otherwise run-of-the-mill piece. Try using it on one track to underscore a particular interval in a chord sequence, for example. The possibilities are many; if not endless.
WOW! THIS IS DOPE!
I may be a little biased because I am one of the ones who helped record it but I have already used it on a couple of pieces of my own and I find it sounding incredible. The captures a chaotic but controlled feel that you don’t hear from any other instruments. I really love it and definitely recommend it.