Sound Theories, Vols. 1-2

Sound Theories, Vols. 1-2

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by Steve Vai
     
 

Despite his reputation as a rock guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai has been writing orchestral scores since the age of 14 (that would be circa 1974) by his estimation and "[amassing] hefty heaps" of them ever since, "but with few performances." So he notes in his annotations to the ambitious double-CD live set Sound Theories, Vols. 1-2. Vai's compositional bentSee more details below

Overview

Despite his reputation as a rock guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai has been writing orchestral scores since the age of 14 (that would be circa 1974) by his estimation and "[amassing] hefty heaps" of them ever since, "but with few performances." So he notes in his annotations to the ambitious double-CD live set Sound Theories, Vols. 1-2. Vai's compositional bent finally was given an outlet by Co de Kloet of Dutch Public Radio & Television, which commissioned him to write an hour's worth of music to be performed by the Metropole Orkest. Going through his amassed materials, Vai came up with two hours' worth, which he and the orchestra performed in a series of concerts in May 2004 and July 2005. Then, he took the recordings home and began working on them, resulting, two years later, in this album, the first two volumes of what he hopes to be a continuing series. The pieces date back to 1978 ("Answers"), with many from the 1980s ("Salamanders in the Sun," "Attitude Song," "For the Love of God," and "Liberty" from the first disc and the entire second disc). Several of these earlier works, notably "Salamanders in the Sun" and "Frangelica, Pt. 2," reveal the influence of Vai's former employer Frank Zappa. Zappa was never fortunate enough in his lifetime to work with a sympathetic symphony orchestra like the Metropole, however. (He did work well with some smaller ensembles toward the end of his life.) Like Zappa, Vai is interested in pushing the limits of composition and playing ability, and he has gone even further by manipulating the live recordings with what he acknowledges are thousands of edits and note substitutions. The first disc, subtitled The Aching Hunger, is a guitar-plus-orchestra album with his usual playing pyrotechnics. But he leaves the entire second disc (Shadows & Sparks) to the Metropole, which makes this music sound like the highly dramatic soundtrack for an adventure film that hasn't been made yet. Sound Theories, Vols. 1-2 seems to be the beginning of a post-guitar-hero career for Vai, and it makes a good start in that direction.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Red Int / Red Ink
UPC:
0886970142120
catalogNumber:
701421

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Vai   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bryan Beller   Bass,Electric Bass
Linda Dumessie   Violin
Wim Grin   Cello
Henk Heijink   Trumpet
Jan Hollander   Trumpet
Leo Janssen   Clarinet,Saxophone,Soloist
Dennis Koenders   Violin
Wim Kok   Violin
Jan Oosthof   Trumpet
Marijn Rombout   Violin
Aimee Versloot   Viola
Simone Vierstra   Violin
Hans Vroomans   Piano,Soloist
Arlia de Ruiter   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
Metropole Orkest   Track Performer
Ruud Breuls   Trumpet
Peter Tiehuis   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Mieke Honingh   Viola
Seya Teeuwen   Violin
Erica Korthals Altes   Violin
Elisabeth Cats   Violin
Friederike Darius   Clarinet,Flute
Martin de Kam   Trombone
Julia Jowett   Viola
Arend Liefkes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Marc Scholten   Clarinet,Saxophone
Joke Schonewille   Harp
Willem Luijt   Clarinet,Oboe
David Peijnenborgh   Violin
Mike Schäperclaus   Percussion
Marianne Van Den Heuvel   Violin
Herman Van Haaren   Violin
Eric Winkelmann   Bass Guitar
Erik Kromhout   Violin
Jan Bastiani   Trombone
Chris Opperman   Piano,Moog Synthesizer
Murk Jiskoot   Percussion
Joeri DeVente   French Horn
Norman Jansen   Viola
Iris Schut   Viola
Annie Tangberg   Cello
Jascha Albracht   Cello
Martin Baai   Percussion
Doesjka DeLeu   Violin
Tjerk DeVos   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jaap DeVries   Bassoon
Werner Janssen   Clarinet,Saxophone
Vera Laporeva   Violin
Juan Martinez Schrijver   Clarinet,Contrabass Clarinet,Saxophone,Soloist
Joost Smeets   Tuba
Jos Teeken   Cello
Paul van der Feen   Clarinet,Saxophone
Carlo VanDerPut   Keyboards
Hans Van Der Zanden   French Horn
Arno van Nieuwenhuize   Percussion
Joeri de Vente   French Horn
Hans van der Zanden   French Horn
March Scholten   Clarinet
Bert Pfeiffer   Trombone
Wik Kok   Violin
Seija Teeuwen   Violin
Simone Vierstra   Violin
Elisabeth Liefkes-Cats   Violin
Jeanine Abbas   Clarinet
Mike Schaperclaus   Percussion
Micke Honigh   Viola
Martin de Kain   Trombone
Willem Lujit   Clarinet
Hans Joerg Fink   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jeff Beck   Inspiration
Steve Vai   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Doug Sax   Mastering
Hans Vroomans   Arranger
Ross Pelton   Cover Photo
Neil Citron   Engineer
Bonnie Janofsky   Orchestration
John A. Sepetys   Management
Ruta E. Sepetys   Management
Co de Kloet   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Chris Opperman   Arranger,Orchestration
Frank Mathijssen   Engineer
Michael Mesker   Art Direction
David Kole   Arranger,Orchestration
Paul Bliven   Engineer
Tony Sartino   Clothing Design
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam   Mastering
Mike Cortese   Management
Patrick Koopman   Guitar Techician
Tom Trapp   Arranger,Orchestration

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