threestringbox

by Bradfield Dumpleton

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about

Early this year my son inspired me to try making a "cigarbox" guitar. I chopped up an old cutlery drawer for the soundbox, a bit of old chair for the neck, and through sheer instinct & improvisation managed to come up with an acoustic sound machine with a surprisingly sweet & penetrative voice.

I've never been much of a slide player, but as I befriended this threestringbox, it coaxed out new dimensions in my playing, and inevitably a new batch of tunes. I used this album to explore some very traditional sounds (eg dobro / slide in blues & mountain music) as well as some more atmospheric and experimental textures, based on what I discovered in this raw and honest instrument.

As always, I make all the sounds on these recordings myself, usually finding a riff and improvising other instruments around that idea. Often a piece will come together quickly & be cooked by the end of the day. I've also experimented with a few editing effects and field recordings to create some extra texture on some tracks.

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released June 30, 2017

All music © Bradfield Dumpleton 2017. On this recording BD plays: Homemade box slide guitar, Mya Moe resonator ukulele, Nashville resonator ukulele, Electa Bad Boy electric guitar, Tanglewood 3/4 acoustic guitar, cello bass, mandolin, balalaika, saz, assorted keyboards, jawharp, cajon, djembe, kpanlogo, triangle, tambour, plastic & metal water bottles, lidgong brushes & a busted kickdrum I found at the tip.

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Bradfield Dumpleton TAS, Australia

Tasmanian-based songwriter / composer & multi-instrumentalist of several decades, specialising in fingerstyle ukulele, also guitar, balalaika, mandolin & percussion. All original songs & instrumental music in a diverse range of styles.

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