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3. An interview about the making of the CD
4. Video ideas
5. Marketing concepts
6. An in depth article about the classical and rock influences in the CD
Von Cello - Breaking the Sound Barriers!
New Sounds Magazine (NSM): Is it true that every single note on your CD was played, sung or midied there by you?
Aaron Von Cello (AVC): Midied there, I like that. Well I guess the truth had to come out eventually. All the vocals, the cello, guitar and bass lines were performed live by me and I also laid down all of the midi tracks which include the drum, string, wind and sound effects lines.
NSM: You must have had some production help.
AVC: Actually I did all of the recording alone in my home studio with my Mac G3 using Logic Audio sequencing software. I started the year unable to even turn on a computer and now Im using the most advanced audio/midi software available. It was time consuming at first, but I believe this knowledge will be helpful when I make a CD for a record label because Ill understand the engineering process. After all, theres more to making a record than just playing your instrument. I did have some help in the mixing stage, mostly to get some other ears involved.
NSM: Its highly unusual for an artist to play all the parts on a CD, and quite impressive. Did you do this to impress people or do you see yourself as a new type of modern day soloist?
AVC: To be honest, I want people to know that I have many talents, but ultimately, I see Von Cello as a band. Mostly, I want people to be able to hear my pure vision of these pieces at this time. As other musicians and producers get involved, Im sure things will develop differently, as well they should, to reflect the talents of all who participate.
NSM: You say a band. Do you plan to take your act on the road?
AVC: Most definitely. Ive been performing since I was 4 and playing professionally since my early teens. To me music is a live thing. Communicating with people is the great thrill. One thing about playing classical music always bothered me; the audience must behave. Im not satisfied until theyre dancing, singing and screaming.
NSM: And you believe people will scream over a cellist?
AVC: Its happened to me many times! To tell you the truth, I wont be satisfied until kids are lining up at music stores to buy electric cellos like they used to do to buy guitars. When I used to talk this way, a few years back, people thought I was a dreamer. Perhaps Its time for them to wake up!
Von Cello is very visual. For starters, there is this big blue electric cello. But there are a whole range of new situations that can arise out of an iconoclastic, long haired maestro finding his way back to his rock n roll roots.
Several Von Cello songs lend themselves to adventurous video plots about Von Cellos confrontations with a world, sometimes hostile, other times amazed as he barges into pop culture with his striking blue ax! On a large variety of subject matter, Von Cello songs paint vivid word pictures which would translate well to the video format. Video plots have already been compiled for many Von Cello songs. Music industry people may contact Von Cello for more information.
by Aaron Von Cello
If youve watched the Little Rascals on TV, you may remember that they had a club. Whenever you saw another member of the club you had to give them the hi sign. Certain fraternities and other organizations have signs. Von Cello also has a sign. I got this idea when I had the unlikely job of leading a string quartet in several concerts with the infamous Plasmatics. Yes folks, its true, Wendy Os band, who used to smash televisions, chain saw chairs and blow up cars on-stage, decided it needed a touch of class with the addition of a string quartet. Of course, we had to stand wearing butcher robes with sunglasses and headphones, but I do digress.
During a concert at the Ritz, this one totally wild slam dancing head banger ran through the crowd, knocking people out of his way, until he arrived just below me at the foot of the stage. He started to play air-cello, his left hand up by his head, his right hand down by his waist, bowing. Then he pulled his left hand down and raised his right fist. He repeated these motions again and again until some other people in the audience started doing the same. The other quartet members were bewildered. Do you know that guy?, they asked. I said No, it must be something about the cello. It kept happening at every show. Thus was born the Von Cello Sign!
There is even a Von Cello dance. This also began at a concert. I was playing the song Cello Man and people were dancing and grooving when someone got the idea to start a line dance. At the time, I thought it was amusing, but I didnt give it much thought until several days later when I watched the video. Suddenly I realized that these people had invented a new dance, The Cello!
Theres something about a cellist who can really rock that makes people get creative. These are just a couple of examples to show that Von Cello is not your average, every day, run of the mill cello band (like a thousand others). Von Cello is The Von Cello Sign, The Cello Dance, CDs, videos, concerts, a line of Von Cello Electric String Instruments,The National High School Cell-Off, The International Von Cello Electric Cello Competition, the shirts, the posters (distributed to string programs nation-wide)...
In a word, Von Cello is not just a band, Von Cello is a movement!
Classical and Rock Influences in Von Cellos
by Aaron Von Cello
Breaking The Sound Barriers is a CD which crashes through the imaginary walls that many people create between musical styles. In particular, it blurs the line between classical and rock. A cellist playing rock is already a crossing of a boundary, but thats just the beginning. (Isnt it weird that thats considered a boundary?)
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