Nekhephthu, a desire to expand my own musical language, while reflecting
on the intensity of living in the current day and age, has been materialized.
The basic aesthetic concept was to create abstract spaces, where various
emotive impressions could operate simultaneously, reinforcing each other
and thus accentuating the physical and psychological sensations of depth.
My idea was also to restrict the sound of the electric guitar to the dry
output of an old valve amplifier, thus avoiding the use of any other electronic
devices. To ‘prepare’ my instruments, I assembled a small
collection of objects belonging to the guitar’s immediate universe,
including a couple of slides, two tuning forks, some old recycled strings,
etc. The resulting textures and depth of field were thus strictly achieved
by causing these objects to reverberate on the strings of two instruments:
a 1973 Fender Stratocaster and a self-made, solid-body electric guitar.
A final objective was to record all of these tracks live, adding no overdubs
or effects in the final master.
Other than these simple guidelines, I allowed myself total freedom and
did not otherwise plan any of what was played during the recording sessions
that followed. My main concern was to allow the sound to flow as an intuitive
process, constructing space in an organic manner, while retaining a sense
of balance and composition.
Regarding the title of this project, all I can say is that it is probably
a word from a long forgotten language. Currently it strictly refers to
this specific experiment in sound.
As a final note, I would like to thank José Carlos, as well as
all those involved, without whom this project would have been impossible.