The Death Posture

Gold Mine Saloon

August 12, 2004

A screwdriver. An e-bow. A milling device used to strain cotton. Guitarist Rob Cambre used all these things to create beautiful noise Thursday night at The Gold Mine Saloon. Cambre provided the soundtrack for dancers Alex Haverfield and Vanessa Skantze as The Death Posture performed dance and speech of revolt.

With a guitar in his lap and a small amp, Cambre sat in a chair off to the side. Oh, yeah--he also had a fuzz pedal, which allowed him to create feedback naturally.

The performance started with Cambre alone on the stage. He created music by positioning a screwdriver underneath the strings and bending them while using his pedal to morph the intensity. He also beat the strings with the screwdriver to get a malevolent ping sound. To get more kick out of the sound, he beat on the body of the guitar with his fist. He improvised and picked between his instruments as he felt the dance needed it. As the two dancers performed, Cambre watched them and adjusted his actions accordingly. At one point, he placed an e-bow on the guitar's fret board while grating against the strings overlaying the bridge of the guitar a dull piece of metal that resembled the tip of a poll cue. It was a lot of screeching and scratching. The sort of metal tearing sounds you'd imagine in a horror movie. It was also cool when Cambre placed the milling device--the size of a large harmonica--perpendicular to the strings and let it just ride as it would along the bridge. That was some good experimenting. Cambre occasionally plucked and played the guitar, but it was mostly noise created by objects.

Check out Cambre with The Death Posture and with his other solo projects.

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