Michael Beese | Echo Fugue

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Echo Fugue

by Michael Beese

Echo Fugue is a neoclassical violin fugue that starts off with strains of Aaron Copland and leads into a virtuosic double violin concerto with influences of Bach and Vivaldi.
Genre: Classical: Copland
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Michael Beese often performs Echo Fugue live on Monday nights at the Hotel Utah Open Mic in San Francisco. It sounds just like the recording only mixed with an enthusiastic audience response. Echo Fugue sounds like two violins but it is really one violin track that is offset by one second (two beats). Audacity was used to duplicate the track and offset it. Audacity's GVerb effect was also used to get the reverb sound of a large cathedral. The piece was recorded as a single track with no punch-ins. When Michael performs Echo Fugue live he gets the sound of two violins with the use of his Line-6 Pod XT digital delay set to 1000. Michael also uses the analog chorus and reverb to thicken the sound. Echo Fugue was performed using the same custom made solid body Zeta electric violin that is pictured on the album cover. The body of the violin was hand crafted by Dan Ransom for Zeta in 1984 and it was designed to look like a 1959 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. The album cover art also shows the sheet music. Two violinists can play the piece as it sounds by playing the same part offset by two beats. Michael enjoys performing this piece and others in his repertoire at bars, birthday parties, wedding receptions, baptisms, bar mitzvahs, art gallery openings, house warming parties, yacht christenings, trade shows and other celebrations. A variation of the piece was used as the sound track of a computer graphics video piece called "Wet Science" that was shown in the Electronic Theater at the 1991 SIGGRAPH Conference in Las Vegas. You can contact Michael for bookings and electric violin lessons at mbeese@pacbell.net.


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