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Generator SectionsGenerator Notation

Generator (Guitar Duo)


A unique and compelling guitar duo by Gary Ryan inspired by artists H R Giger and Max Escher and showcasing ‘the extraordinary array of sounds possible on the guitar’ and blending them with ‘musical influences both ancient and modern’.

TUNING: B* B* D  F#*B  E
* = Altered

is recorded by Gary Ryan (double-tracked) on Visions and Vistas


Book and 2 Guitar Parts (Printed Music)

Camden Music Publication – CM248
ISMN M57034-248-8

Score: 20 pages of notation
Guitar Part 1: 16 pages of notation
Guitar Part 2: 18 pages of notation


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Generator is ‘partly inspired by H R Giger’s painting of bio-mechanoids, hybrids between man and machine which exist in bleak visions of the future’ and are seen in Ridley Scott’s movie Alien. ‘The piece depicts the birth, life and death of one of these bio-mechanoids, combining “human” tonal elements with machine-like percussive sounds and extended techniques.’

The piece opens with “electric sparks” which symbolise the machine’s creation. In an improvisatory way partly ordered by the performers (alluding to the style of British director Mike Leigh), ‘eventually an engine-like rhythm ignites and the music comes to life with vigorous rhythmic energy, passing through a series of contrasting musical episodes until the symmetry of malfunction, death and decay finally brings the piece to extinction’.

The piece is also inspired by ‘electronic dance music, urban free running, obsessive thoughts, cloning, the harmonic series and its relationship to the blues scale, ritualistic chanting and electric guitar techniques.’

Generator was first performed by the Eden-Stell Guitar Duo at the Bath International Guitar Festival, UK in August 2005.

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