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Bassoonapocalypse

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            Bassoonapocalypse is joyride through the awesome sounds of the bassoon and guitar effects pedals.

            The bassoon plays wildly unusual techniques, such as multiphonics, harmonic trills, air noise, and percussive articulations, which are run through a chain of guitar effects pedals. The electronics performer, or "pedalist", is fully devoted to precise knob-turning and button mashing, turning these "stomp-pedals" into dynamic instruments in their own right.

            The resulting cacophony is an extension of the already extended vocabulary of the bassoon. The octave pedal extends the range, the distortion expands the timbral identity, and the reverb pedal enriches the sound and provides some relief for the bassoonist, who must breath.