The concept of this multi-channel set up is to create sound distortion through amplification and speaker placement without the use of effects pedals.
There are "homemade" pick-up and piezo microphones on the body of the cello controlled by volume pedals, which separately feed into 2 guitar amps, 1 bass amp, and a P.A. system.
The amplifiers are placed in a specific way in the room or on stage, and sound direction and spacialization are used as a compositional tools.
Extended techniques paired with inventive amplification create distorted sounds without effects pedals:
Solo Amplified Cello Performance, Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, 2015
A hi-fidelity pick up feeds into the P.A. system, and a homemade contact microphone placed on the bridge feeds into a guitar amp.
Solo Multichannel Amplified Cello Performance, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, 2016
The cello is equipped with:
-a high-fidelity pick up placed under the bridge, feeding into a quadrophonic speaker system + 2 subs
-a piezo contact microphone placed on the tail piece, feeding into a bass amp turned towards the wall
-1 piezo contact microphone is placed on the bridge, feeding into a guitar amp
I use three volume pedals to feed in and out of each speaker and amplifier.