Haiku by The Khromatiks, for Electric Violin & Loop Station
Violin Solo - Digital Sheet Music

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Electric Violin,Instrumental Solo - Level 4 - Digital Download

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Composed by Kayleigh Moyer, Kyle Pudenz, and The Khromatiks. 20th Century,Contemporary,Jazz,New Age. Individual part. 8 pages. ViolinVagabond Music #6017039. Published by ViolinVagabond Music (A0.845981).

This is a loop station composition for electric violin that I composed for my live-looping duo, The Khromatiks, in 2014. Doing my part to increase the available repertoire for extended range violins out here on the internet!

I originally recorded this tune on a 7-string electric violin with a Boomerang III loop station. That being said, there are plenty of other "gear configurations" that will work. Any phrase looper/sampler that is capable of playing 3 separate tracks or sections with overdubs will be able to handle this structure, such as the Singular Sound AerosAbleton Live with a MIDI controller, etc. If you don't play 7-string, a 5-string can also play this chart as written if you use an octave pedal to record the low bass lines. A standard 4-string can also work, although some phrases will have to be transposed 8va.

A little about this tune: a Haiku is characterized by a pattern of 5-7-5 syllables, and in this piece that refers to the meters used in each of the overarching sections. The ambient intro in 5/8 involves a quartal ostinato with long sweeping volume swells, which then develops into a pizzicato groove in 7/8. This groove forms the basis for the majority of the tune, as melodies & improvised solos drift in and out over an "A" and "B" section loop. On the final B section, the loop drops out and the violinist builds up into a more distorted "strum bowing" groove (which accompanies a drum solo on the original recording). As the intensity builds, the 7/8 groove is shortened back into 5/8, thus completing the "Haiku." The piece ends with a restatement of the original ostinato as it fades into silence using an automated volume fade on the looper pedal.

With The Khromatiks this piece was performed as a duo with violin & drums/percussion, but also works as a violin solo. If you have a looper capable of syncing to a click track, you could also try adding bass or guitar/keyboards (players can read the chord symbols on the chart as a lead-sheet). The sky is the limit, feel free to get creative with it!

Please, if you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me via my website, www.kylepudenz.com/, or on Instagram @theviolinvagabond

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