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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
3:36 pm
'Cello Happenings
Don't know if anyone still reads this community, but there's been a few things going that any remaining members may be interested in.

The founder of this community is blogging very frequently on cello-related and more broadly musical topics: http://silpayamanant.wordpress.com
Really enjoying his writings.

One of my bands, Hydrogen Arm, put out an album featuring my (often heavily) effected playing on a few tracks: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hydrogenarm

I released a solo net album featuring effected cello solos in the opening and closing tracks: http://jkndrkn.com/main/endings-beginnings.php

Theta Naught, a band I'm playing cello and electronics in, will be touring in March and will be playing a SXSW event: http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_MS12550
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
8:56 pm
Free cellopop music
Hello friends,

Just wanted to let you know my latest three releases can be downloaded for free (pay-what-you-want) on bandcamp.

In case you don't know who I am, I'm a solo cellist-singer-producer who's also collaborated with Rasputina, Abney Park, Voltaire, Vernian Process, Jill Tracy, Stripmall Architecture, Eliza Rickman... I could go on.

Here be free music (three albums on the top row):


I really need help spreading the word if I want to keep doing music fulltime, so if you like what you hear, please share the bounty with your friends. Thanks!
Friday, February 5th, 2010
10:15 pm
Detroit, MI USA cellists

I'm having the hardest time finding a cellist in the Detroit area to join an acoustic group.  Does anyone know of a good resource to find one?  I've already tried craigslist of course.  Any suggestions are welcomed.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
12:02 pm
treble tabs to bass clef???
So, I've been playing cello for under a year, but I'm completely loving it. I want to ultimately play beloved punk and rawk songs on it. Shouldn't be too difficult, right? Only they are all written in treble clef, and usually I can only find guitar tabs of the songs. I'm pretty new to reading music, but I'm doing a pretty good job on sight reading bass clef. My question is this: If I find guitar tabs that say something is a C and an F#... can I just play a C and an F# on my cello? Or do I have to completely modify the note to make it sound right on the cello????
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
2:20 am
i play a yamaha SVC-110 and i'm actually pretty happy with it. I have been trying to record some stuff with garageband on my mac, but it just plain sounds like shit. i don't really know enough about recording to know where to start to get a better sound. in defense of my cello, i used to use an acoustic with a fishman pick up, but that sounded even worse and dealing with all that and feedback was a pain in the ass. does anyone have any advice for me on getting better sound while recording with an electric instrument? I am running my cello to the mac with an iMic adapter. any help with recording would be amazing.
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
12:22 am
I was wondering if anyone has the cello part to any of these pieces. I'm really desperate to get them asap, which is why I'm resorting to LJ before trying to buy them. I'd really appreciate it if someone could send me a pdf.

Thanks, cross-posted a ton.

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
V. I
V. 5
V. 8

Bruckner #4
I: 1 before 100 – 8 after 100; 461 – 469; 517 – 542
II: 3 – 11
III: 113 – 116; 123 – 142
IV: 125 – 142; 156 – 200; 295 - 338
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
11:32 am
Erica Unwoman performing the title track of her new EP...

Unwoman - Trouble live
High res Quicktime
Low res YouTube
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
2:33 pm
electric cello
i have to sell my yamaha scv-110 to like, eat and live. if anyone is interested, it includes the chest piece, gig bag, some cables, a couple pedals, and a bow. asking $1000 (plus shipping cost). it's in great shape, except i have 1 odd peg as i broke one of the originals. please e-mail dwarfstar16 at yahoo dot c0m instead of replying here since I can't check lj from work. thanks!
Thursday, August 28th, 2008
4:47 pm
Sunday, August 17th, 2008
8:25 pm
I know this is kind of a strange question, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any stores that usually have electric cellos in-store for people to try out in Berlin, Germany; Chicago, IL; or Pittsburgh, PA. I'm thinking about starting my search for an electric cello, but for obvious reasons I'll want to try several out before I commit, and the cities I listed are all places I'll be within the next week. Thanks!
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
10:58 pm
Newbie looking to become a cellist
I've been interested in the cello for a long time, but it was only recently that I decided that I was going to learn the instrument. I don't know anyone that plays or owns one, so I will be learning the instrument as a complete isolated newbie so I have some questions and requests.

First of all, where should I look to find a quality instrument, bow, and other accessories? I obviously don't need (nor could I exploit at this point) the most artfully crafted pieces, just something that I can use and abuse that will still have a decent tone. What would everyone recommend? What should I look for in an instructor? Are there any good books or DVDs on theory, composition or technique? What about online resources? Anything I should know before diving head-first?

Total beginner with no IRL resources looking for whatever pointers he can get.

x-posted all over the place.

Current Mood: excited
Friday, April 25th, 2008
1:42 pm

Does anyone happen to have an extra ticket for the Apocalyptica (and I think Seether) concert in Chicago? I was really looking forward to going, but wouldn't have ever thought that they would have a sell-out concert. Anyways, I'm going down there with friends but I don't have a ticket. Any suggestions? (Or tickets?)

Saturday, January 12th, 2008
11:43 am
Wood, Metal, Hair
For a course in electroacoustic music composition, I was tasked with creating a final project using any source material or style I desired. I decided to create a piece that helps me explore and acknowledge my musical roots as a cellist. The material collected for the piece consists of sounds that only cellists might be intimately familiar with. The sounds of a bow scraping tonelessly across muted strings, the sound of the endpin being released and adjusted, and the sounds of the instrument being removed from its case. Complete writeup here.

Wood, Metal, Hair
Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
8:34 pm
Pachelbel Rant
This may not be the right place to post this, and it may have been posted before, I don't recall, but someone showed this to me last night and I thought it was too funny not share. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

Monday, November 26th, 2007
4:17 pm
Hello fellow cellists!

Any suggestions as to what kind of strings work best for a Yamaha SVC-50? I use Spirocore and Larsen on my acoustic, but I want something a little more wallet-friendly for my electric cello. At the same time I do not want to sacrifice the quality of my sound.

Thursday, October 18th, 2007
1:25 pm
 Hey Everyone - 

I play cello in an alternative rock band called Seeing Blind. I have been playing with them for over 6 years now and have constantly been changing up amps and pre-amps for my silent electric cello. Right now I have an LR Baggs pre amp going into a Peavey Delta Blues Tube Amp. 

I am still frustrated with my sound though. I LOVE the way my acoustic cello sounds, but I like the look of the Yamaha for live shows. I recenlty bought a Barcus Berry pickup for my acoustic and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions either with the acoustic or the electric.

Let me know :)

Seeing Blind
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
11:43 am
Thursday, September 27th, 2007
11:15 am
amplification question
Hello everybody! I currently play a mix of tunes with my Yamaha electric cello as well as my acoustic. I've found that the Yamaha is good for rock, but when I play jazzy stuff I prefer the sounds of the acoustic. However, I'm not getting a very good sound out of my amplifier. I use a Fishmann pick-up and it causes a lot of feedback and unpleasant squeaky sounds. I've been classically trained and unplugged for most of my life as a cellist, so this electronic business is still sort of new to me. Any suggestions? All feedback is appreciated.


Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
9:02 pm
Cello string jewelry
Hello all, thought you might have an interest in one of my projects- making jewelry out of used cello strings!

I'm selling a few of these items at my shop, www.eneogei.etsy.com.

Buy Handmade

I've also done a number of custom cello string items for other cellists, where they send me their own string and give me an idea of what they'd like, and I make it for them.

Thanks for looking-
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
3:00 pm
what do you guys use for recording? i've been playing with garage band on my mac, but it sounds like shit. i've got my yamaha electric svc 110 and the imic adapter thingy hooked up to my powerbook g4. i hoped using an electric instead of my regular cello with a pick up would sound better and i wouldn't have this problem anymore. i don't need anything fancy, i just would like to play and be able to loop stuff and play over it.
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