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Just a couple of tour-related questions from me...

1) When our favourite brothers played on the KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic show in LA, they played live. (that's not a question, I know). When they played Edible Flowers, it was clear that there were strings in the background. What I would like to know is were the string players there with them, and are they therefore at the shows, or are they taped, and therefore played on tape at the shows. Or are they just ignored (EF a la 7WC)??

2) Who, if anyone, is supporting them? And are they any good??

Any answers (preferably constructive) would be much appreciated.

K.
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Originally posted by K:
[qb] When they played Edible Flowers, it was clear that there were strings in the background. What I would like to know is were the string players there with them, and are they therefore at the shows, or are they taped, and therefore played on tape at the shows. Or are they just ignored (EF a la 7WC)??
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Wasn't that some keyboard synthesizer thingy...?
It sounds like the strings were actually MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The sound of strings is fed into the keyboard and then the keyboard player can play melodies that will sound like strings.

I hope I'm not insulting anyone's intelligence here...:-)

I saw them in Vancouver and they definitely didn't have a string section with them.

K
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Originally posted by Hippie9:
[qb] It sounds like the strings were actually MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The sound of strings is fed into the keyboard and then the keyboard player can play melodies that will sound like strings.

I hope I'm not insulting anyone's intelligence here...:-)[/qb]
Okay, so it is "synthesized", but only produced when someone presses a key on the keyboard. I get it! Yay! No, you didn't insult me. I'm just not that familiar with the instruments, and the way they are played, etc....all that talk in another thread about what kind of guitar Neil was playing in the KCRW webcast went flying right over my head. I wouldn't know an 8-string from a 12-string... well, unless I counted the strings I guess. Anywho, glad to have that cleared up! Just so no one expects to see an orchestra on stage when they show up to the concert! ha ha
You do get concerts where the band turns up with a backing band and then a string section. I always think it's such an odd conjunction, strings and rock music. Then I hear All I Ask, or Into Temptation, or Edible Flowers or something, and it all makes sense.

And I absolutely HATE MIDI strings. Sorry, but as an A-Level Music Student, all our compositions have to be on Computer using MIDI, and the strings just sound terrible. As a matter of fact, most of the instruments on MIDI sound terrible.

Sorry to complain.

K.
I did a concert not so long ago in which my band extended itself with 2 saxophones and 2 trumpets to do 3 arrangements of songs by Simply Red (To Be With You), The Average White Band (Pick Up The Pieces) and Bill Withers (Lovely Day). I think, if used effectively, a horn section is a good thing.

However, used like they are in the original Mad World, it just gets corny.

K.
I was just wondering about the various synth-ish sounds too. There is a bit that comes after a while into Homesick too, I like it a lot, the way it sounds like a guitar or a human voice - in fact at first I thought it was someone singing, but I quickly realised it must have been some kind of steel guitar sound.

I think that steel guitar-ish sound sounds more real or live than the violin(?) string sounds of Edible Flowers for instance...wonder how come? Maybe they did record this themselves but for the strings they used some ready made sounds?

I can see Paul Stacey(?) playing on a keyboard or if it�s a Midi (I am not a musician and know zilch about instruments) at the back so I assumed that the sound was coming from him.

Can/does he moderate the sound or is it played up the way it was recorded, in sequences, when he hits the key or? By the end of the song Paul steps back from the machine and the sound continues for a bit anyway, so it does seem like the sound is pre-recorded and played as is, but maybe not all of the time?

I often like strings (or horns...think of Hunters & Collectors) in any kind of music.
I saw David Byrne a year or two ago, and for part of his set he had some local symphony string players come up. It sounded great, had a casual feel and it was funny to see the classical players mugging it up between strokes. My Finn tie-in is at this festival the next day Richard Thompson played Persuasion (and mentioned CH, Tim) on the same stage.

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