His Masters Voice
His Masters Voice
Kitch says: "In February of 1995, Jeph Jerman and I spoke frequently about the concepts for new collaborations with Randy Grief (sic) and Art Simon. In one of our conversations Jeph relayed a Yaqui Indian legend of four prophets who met with four 'angels' who taught them a song and together they walked and sang the boundaries of their land. He followed our conversation up by mailing a cassette of source material containing 14 minutes of material utilizing contact microphones on wire fencing, overtone singing and bass drum with rattles. "I began work on singing the boundaries in September of 1995 after a move to a remote area of northern California. Subsequently, I met a group of Pomo and Miwok Indians who were struggling to protect a piece of land in Sonoma county which was formerly a CIA listening post and in danger of being repossessed by the US government.
I was invited to attend several sweat lodges and gatherings which contributed a profound personal effect on the creative process. "Jephs original source material was combined with Randy Griefs (sic) tape material through a series of digital processing treatments in which the common frequencies were emphasized and other spectral material became audible. The four pieces represented here are virtual replications of the original source material combined through diverse non-linear processing including: fast fourier resynthesis, spectral/mutant crossfades, phase vocoding of pitch and time and drastic equalization techniques." -R. Kitch Oct. 1996 2) His Masters Voice are inspired by such legends as “Buddy Guy, BB King and Black Sabbath” Classic rock greats like Deep Purple, the Doors and Led Zeppelin.
Plus a diverse and eclectic variety of music from Motown to pop icons such as the Beatles. Musically, the band identifies with a new wave of progressive rock/blues such as Graveyard, Blues Pills, Orchid and Heart Attack Alley. The band formed late 2012 and within a few months of jamming, His Masters Voice had found their sound and begun gigging around the bars and venues of Auckland city. Within a few weeks of their first tentative steps into the limelight, those of us there at the beginning could sense something different, something special going on with this band. Just as quickly, audiences at those early gigs were sensing the same thing and by their third outing a dedicated following was forming from a huge cross section of fans. His Masters Voice were able to break down the divide that often exists between followers of metal, blues and audiences of different ages. By mid 2013, the smart bands around town were inviting His Masters Voice to headline gigs with them and after the bands first self promoted gig, The 13th Floor’s Tove Partington had this to say… “… Everything you ever wanted from the love child of metal and dirty blues has come true with His Master’s Voice. After only five shows, they have already made it to my ‘bands you must see before you die’ list…” [http://13thfloor.co.nz/2013/08/17/his-masters-voice-at-back-beat/] Within a month, the band were invited to appear on the showcase bill with the mighty Swamp Thing, at the prestigious Titirangi Festival of Music Encore Series. To follow Swamp Thing and close the show after a long night of blues is daunting enough but it’s fair to say that that night, His Masters Voice cemented their reputation with an astounding performance. Holding and winning over a discerning, full house audience and earning praise from such veteran NZ rock legends as Paul Crowther.
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