Percolator Glitch: Max​/​MSP Guitar Improvisations, vol. 1

by Bitter Fictions

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    Percolator Glitch collects four live guitar/laptop improvisations from August 2011. Everything was recorded in one take through a guitar, a harmonic percolator, and a max/msp patch.
    After a delay caused by delivery truck accidents, fire, and general mayhem somewhere on the road in Norther Ontario, the tape version is now out!

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A series of Max/MSP-processed guitar improvisations. I crafted the patch for a final project in a university course.


released October 8, 2011

devin friesen: guitar, most programming.

thanks to craig fahner for teaching me how to use max/msp at the U of C in the summer of 2011.

recorded first-take by df on August 17th & 23rd 2011 in the Library living room. this is shaking box music 003.

"[...] Percolator Glitch is a series of electric guitar improvisations processed through Max/MSP. While some people, when thinking about “Max/MSP + guitar” association might come up with the polished soundscapes of Christian Fennesz, Bitter Fictions’ sound is much more raw, often unsettling, interrupted by sometimes brutal glitches and repetitions and well… more improvised. It’s much closer to noise rock than ambient, but never fully entering any of those areas. Instead it stays somewhere in the middle, sudden guitar blasts punctured by constant clicks’n’cuts." - Jakub Adamek, Weedtemple



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Bitter Fictions Calgary, Alberta

Bitter Fictions is Devin Friesen, usually playing around with gtr feedback or some other drone damage.

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