Rod Poole – the Death Adder

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Rod Poole – the Death Adder

Rod Poole doesn’t just play guitar, he plays a 49 minute improvisation on a guitar tuned in just intonation. This isn’t mentioned in the liner notes, but on the WIN Records’ Rod Poole page he states:

“THE DEATH ADDER” is constructed with considerably more complex ratios involving the prime numbers eleven & seven. When you utilize fractions based on these primes you find yourself playing pitches which are virtually as far removed from the twelve tones of equal division as you can get.”

Although the rippling and shimmering arpeggios remind one of the Well Tuned Piano, Poole also incorporates percussive tapping on the body of the guitar and apparently intentional occasional sitar-like buzzing strings. At one particularly intense moment, we can hear him doing what sound like deep breathing exercises. At least he isn’t grunting and groaning in an orgasmic Keith Jarrett frenzy!

Another welcome addition to the ever expanding library of interesting just intonation recordings. Where’s the next one Rod? How about a seven hour Well Tuned Guitar?

db
3/31/1997

Originally published on line at Juxtaposion Ezine.

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4 comments
  1. DjM said:

    Thanks for posting. I wasn’t hip to Rod Poole’s music until recently. It is profoundly interesting. I’m glad to see others spreading the word.

  2. He told me that was his first review, so when I first called him a few years later, he knew who I was. 🙂

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