2012-11-03

Rhesus Pieces

This week's Rhesus Piece is something called "Improverished." As the name indicates, the focus of this piece is improvisation. Specifically, I started by improvising a bass line, then recorded over it with an improvised clean rhythm guitar, then recorded over that with a lead guitar improvisation, panned right. Next, I muted the first take of lead guitar and re-recorded an entirely new improvisation, this time panned left. Finally, I un-muted the first lead guitar part and let both improvisations cohabitate the piece.

I have made two different videos for Rhesus 4. The first, features the video for the first improvisation, shown in a sepia tone. The viewer's ear will naturally focus on the guitar panned right, because it is consistent with the visual cues. That video is shown here:
The second video is shown in a blue tone and features the second improvisation. The viewer's ear will naturally focus on the guitar panned left, because it is consistent with the visual cues.

Note, however, that the audio in both of these videos is identical, so the psychoacoustic focus is simply an "aural illusion" caused by the fact that your brain is watching something that syncs-up with the guitar part in question.