mick taylor

mick taylor

Creating the Paintings (Mick Taylor)

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EXHIBITION at GRONINGER MUSEUM: The Myth of the Electric Guitar 14 JANUARY 2015 TO 08 MARCH 2015 http://www.groningermuseum.nl/en/exhibition/myth-electric-guitar The exhibition 'The Myth of the Electric Guitar' will show electric guitars that belonged to famous guitarists. The guitars are assembled by collector Luc Henzig - www.tuneyoursound.com. Luc, who collected more than 600 guitars, makes 50 guitars available to the Groninger Museum for this exhibition. Electric guitars that were used by for example Mick Taylor (e.g. Rolling Stones), Joe Bonamassa, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis) are on display. The exhibition shows on one hand the birth of the electric guitar with the first industrial made guitars in the mid '30 and on the other hand the three major guitar designs: Telecaster, Stratocaster and Les Paul. A selection of mostly artist owned guitars are presented to show the multitude of interpretations of those classic designs. The guitars are accompanied by seven large paintings, made by the German portraitist and expert on rock music Oliver Jordan. This combination will result in an emotional Rock ‘n Roll story. Along with the exhibition a book will be published containing conversations with Luc Henzig and Oliver Jordan. Music as painting are two of the most widely practiced and appreciated art forms. From the prehistoric times until today both express and induce emotions on people. Emotional content is therefore a vital consideration when creating a powerful music piece or painting. Both go through a similar creation pattern including selection and editing processes. Quick sketches lay out possible groupings for the elements selected. Where for a painting using colour to evoke emotion, colour impacts on mood, temperature, light and dominance of elements and sense of place is examined, for music it is mostly about pitch, rhythm, dynamic, timber and texture. This film produced by Luc Henzig captures on one hand a glimpse of the creation process for one of Oliver Jordan's paintings (Mick Taylor) done for this exhibition. On the other hand it pairs this process with the recording of the sound of the guitars on display by guitarist Willy Pultz. Both artists have their gestures to create their art. Both go through a trial and error process to find the right colour to express themselves. Rhythm is key in their creative process. In this short film you can explore the similarity in both artistic expressions. This series of videos also allows to make a virtual visit of the exhibition and to hear the instruments presented in the Groninger Museum. The aim of these videos is to present the sound of the guitars and is not a musical showcase of the performing artists. Therefore a minimalistic recording technique has been used without any effects. You will hear the pure sound of the guitar and the associated guitar amplifier. Among others, the following material has been used in the recordings: Gibson, EH-150, 1936 Fender, Harvard 5F10, 1956 Diaz, Classic Twin - 100, 1988 Germino, Classic 45, 2014 Neumann, U87 AI Universal Audio, Solo 610 RME, Fireface UFX Thanks to the artists having contributed their skills and time.