The music on this CD was really the result of my love affair with this versatile, challenging instrument we know as the Chapman Stick.
Back in 2000, when I ordered my Grand Stick, having never actually played one, my imagination was fueled by Greg's “Stick Figures” and Larry Tuttle's “Through the Gates”. I had yet to discover Bob Culbertson's magical playing.
I had played guitar and bass for quite some time, and I was always searching for a certain “sound”. I was playing through a multitude of effects and was heavily into looping and guitar synths. At that time I saw the Stick with its stereo output and optional Midi capabilities as a natural extension of my experiments with sonic manipulation.
Once I got my Stick in May of 2001, something funny happened. Of course I spent hours extracting wacky delay-ridden, distorted, soundscapes, but I also became fascinated with the natural sound and possibilities of the instrument sans effects. Then in Sept of 2001, I attended my first “Stick Seminar” with Bob Culbertson in Ann Arbor, Mich. Well, that did it! I discovered a “community” of players, and Bob's teaching began my fascination with learning how to play music not just “sounds” on the Stick (still working on that!).
I also became almost obsessed with understanding Emmett's tuning scheme. Melody in 4ths , Bass in 5ths, pure genius! I still play in what is called “Classic” or Standard tuning on my Grand Stick, and I still feel I've barely tapped the surface (no pun intended!).
I set my rack of looping devices, synths and effects aside and started to concentrate on just playing songs and learning theory. Besides some guitar lessons as a teenager, I'm a self-taught musician. I found that playing with both hands, I didn't need a loop device, one hand plays a loop while the other improvises. I could emulate delays by playing the same note on different strings.
In other words, I fell in love with this instrument and this way of making music. Like wisdom is the residue of experience, the pieces on “Residue” are what remain of my studies so far. I'm already toying with new techniques, and new music is coming from the process. Well, that's enough writing, back to playing my Stick!