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Blotted Science Posts "Cretaceous Chasm" Guitar Instructional Video

Blotted Science guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek (Spastic Ink) has released an instructional video for the song "Cretaceous Chasm" from the band's "The Animation Of Entomology" EP, which can be viewed below . In it, the guitarist explains the application of the twelve-tone system devised specifically for the writing process of the EP, which will be the subject of a forthcoming DVD, titled "Dissecting Bugs."

States Jarzombek: “I’ve been mentioning this ’12-Tones In Fragmented Rows’ system in interviews and it seems that even non-musicians are interested in it, so I put together this video to give listeners some insight on how it all works. I thought it would be best to break this all down into its most basic theoretical form, and play examples of its use. I chose to post the basic guitar tracks to 'Cretaceous Chasm' because it is the simplest song on the EP and is the easiest to grasp theoretically. The song will also appear first on my upcoming instructional DVD, 'Dissecting Bugs,' where I will go in-depth with all of the 12-tone theory, and play all guitar parts on all songs from the EP. Things do get a bit complicated when melodies and solos are laid on top of the note groups, but we’ll get to all of that good stuff on the DVD."

More information about the sample video, including the transcription/tabs, can be found at this location. Blotted Science also recently synced up the "Cretaceous Chasm" track with a scene from the movie "King Kong." Check out the clip here.

"The Animation Of Entomology," which also features the talents of bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and drummer Hannes Grossmann (Obscura), will get its European release via U.K. based Basick Records today, November 28th. The follow-up to the band's 2007 "The Machinations Of Dementia" full-length album was produced and mixed by Ron Jarzombek and recorded in San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and V. Santura's Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany where the drums were cut. Mastering duties were once again handled by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark.

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1. Drum_Junkie writes:

I think I may have to buy this DVD - even though I don't play guitar. The 12 tone theory sounds really interesting (both in theory and in practice - pun intended).

# Nov 28, 2011 @ 3:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Cynic writes:

Eh, if you ask me I really don't like the 12 tone system. I mean, it's been obvious over the last few years Jarzombek loves it, but I think focusing on it so much is making it become a constraint more than a creative tool. For me, I prefer Spastic Ink, which had a huge range of silly musical tools and ideas. Even more I love Watchtower, and I don't think the 12 tone sound would fit with that.

# Nov 28, 2011 @ 4:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Thank you writes:

Jarzombek is my hero. Thank you sooo much

# Nov 28, 2011 @ 10:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. MetalMelissa13 writes:

I thought this video was fascinating to watch. 12 Tones in Fragmented Rows? Didn't have a clue what that was about but now I do. Very cool.

# Nov 28, 2011 @ 11:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Netromancer writes:

Blotted Science is amazing. I have only begun to listen to them in the last few months but have been stunned by what I hear. I have to agree with Cynic, though. Formulaic music theory, while it may be brilliant, can be a constraint to true inspiration. Progressive music, in order to stay true to its moniker, must be just that.

Progressive.

Pushing boundaries, moving beyond established ideals, and finding new ways of expressing emotion through sound.

I should reiterate, though. These guys are amazing.

# Nov 29, 2011 @ 1:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. b.bristowe writes:

.........I don't know how to approach this. I really like his playing technique . . and his 12-tone theory is kind of interesting as well. But this nutty kind of music kind of wears on me really fast. Some times its cool to hear the drummer go to town with some of the faster tempos but the riffage is too all over the place for me.

That being said I really like what was done with the 'King Kong' and 'Slither' movies. That was brilliant.

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# Nov 29, 2011 @ 2:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. ZMA writes:

I like the idea of the 12 tone theory. But no way would I style my playing around it. I'd just use it as another technique in my arsenal of ideas. He didn't any chords really. It was all single note playing. I'd mix it up with some chords. I don't know if I'm saying that right. Either way I enjoy this band.

# Nov 29, 2011 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Cynic writes:

Yeah it was really an example piece ZMA. To Ron's credit, he does do an amazing job of keeping himself entertained with musical stuff while still making actual songs that sound great.

The prime example is his solo album SSoTC. If no-one told you the mind blowing music theory cleverness behind each track you'd still just think it was another great technical metal album.

# Nov 29, 2011 @ 4:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. ZMA writes:

Yea he's a good player. This would help me understand note structure too. Cause I don't know what note is what. I just play. I mean I know a little bit about note structure considering I work in music. But barely anything.

I'll have to go give his solo album a listen.

# Nov 29, 2011 @ 5:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Cynic writes:

I'd recommend Spastic Ink's "Ink Compatible" album to any Blotted Science fan first. Putting aside Watchtower as something different, I think it's Ron's masterpiece.

# Nov 29, 2011 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ZMA writes:

I listened to Aquanet off that album and I like it a lot. I'll have to listen to the rest of the album cause it sounds great. Ron's playing is crazy on that track.

# Nov 29, 2011 @ 6:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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