I came across Gregg Skloff’s music via Twitter, though I am unsure of who followed who first. More importantly, I have finally sat down and listened to his music. And … but before I venture into writing about his new album, Tape Constructions 2005, let me make an admission: All I know about orchestral instruments I learned from Peter and The Wolf. The reason I bring this all up is that Skloff plays the contra-bass. Yeah, I had no idea either. Off to Wikipedia:
The double bass, or upright bass, also called the string bass, contrabass, bass viol, stand-up bass, bull fiddle or simply bass, is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument of the viol family in the modern symphony orchestra …
I could not find anything regarding the correct spelling of contrabass (or contra-bass or contra bass). I imagine lines have been drawn, battles have ensued, and, maybe, blood has been shed.
At its heart, Tape Constructions 2005 is an experimental album as Skloff manipulates various tones, hidden melodies and loops into a curved drone/ambient sound. It is not something one would expect to hear from a symphony orchestra instrument. Skloff has a lot of work available on Bandcamp and I am just starting to dig in; you should too.
Wikipedia link from the article, Double Bass, licensed CC BY-SA.