Devin Townsend has long been one of music’s most prolific electric guitar players, and it seems the coronavirus shutdown hasn’t slowed him one bit.
In addition to his recent home studio live concerts that have been raising money for healthcare workers around the world, Townsend has now released a 66-minute-long guitar improvisation, which can be heard in full above.
The atmospheric track, title Guitar Improvisation #1, shows a different side of the normally aggro Strapping Young Lad leader, who has acknowledged to us in the past that a big part of his childhood consisted of "hanging out on the roofs of my friends' houses swapping Van Halen licks."
As he explains in the accompanying text:
“So, it’s been a strange week, and I have been writing a lot of strange music. Amidst the more tumultuous stuff that’s appeared, I often find it therapeutic for me to just simply play guitar in the mornings, and over the years I've kind of 'developed' (for lack of a better descriptor) a sort of chilled out, ambient guitar technique.
"This isn't meant to be focused on; it's meant to be a sort of wash that you can play while working, chilling, or creating something (that’s my hope at least).”
Townsend continues, “This improvisation is one take (with a bathroom break I edited out), and I used a Sadowsky Telecaster and a Fractal AX8 for the sound.
“Hopefully its helpful to some of you who need a sonic break. Thanks again for the ability to do this. I’ll release this in a physical form if there’s any interest. I really like echo. Peace. Dev.”