Recently we were blessed to have the impeccable Dan Peck grace our continuing series of creative slidework creations. Before you say a tuba is not a slide instrument, I’m 100% sure there are at least five slides on the beast that Dan was wrangling, so it count pretty solidly in my book! He sent some thoughts on his DoomQuartet that performed, and here they are for your enlightenment:

I’ve recently rediscovered the initial reason that I was attracted to the tuba: the sound of the incredible low notes that come out of it’s bell. I think that, in an effort to improve technical facility and clarity of sound, the tuba playing community has been focused largely on controlling the middle and high registers of the instrument. And while I love any and all sounds that come out of the tuba, it seems to me that the low/pedal register is all but ignored in creative tuba playing today. This attitude has much to do with my interest in Doom metal, which is a very drone and low sonority based music. So, in my compositions as well as in my improvisations, I am curious to expand my limited knowledge of the depths of the tuba’s true range.

I want to thank Josh for starting this great series. I especially appreciate the open forum aspect of it; I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my ideas almost as much as I do playing them. It’s arguable to what degree creative music necessitates a closed-circle type of atmosphere in order to prosper; but as always, the creative spirit is universal, and comes from a place of collective curiosity. I hope that this series serves as a constant reminder to musicians/non-musicians alike that this curiosity is what keeps everything happening, and is vital to the survival of creative music.