Lets hear it for bass.
The most important and overlooked part of rock bands if they want to stand out from the crowd. Bass has only come into its own in the last 20 years or so with the electronic revolution. There is no analog instrument anywhere that can achieve bass as clean and booming as Elektrobank by The Chemical Bros.
I first noticed bass when I was young, pre-ten. I’m not really sure, but I was upstairs in the family home and knew what song was on the radio downstairs on a big old guffer of a Philips HiFi system but it was different to the song I was used to hearing downstairs. It was the bass getting through the floor without the melody. So I was aware of it. It was much later in life that I developed my taste for it though.
The title is kinda what I’ve done here. I work at it like etching but build up shapes instead of cut them away. I started with just the bass clef and added everything else in as I went along. I wanted a whooshy kind of buzz and took care that things are where applicable as close to perfect circles as I can draw and that the curves continue through the different elements. Its mostly freehand but I needed a small bit of help from the top off a can of WD-40 to get the two dots right.
The oil lamp is to balance out the bottom right and because oil lamps are cool.
Pencil and PS
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