Magazine article Guitar Player

Tommy Tedesco's Studio Log. (Classic Column)

Magazine article Guitar Player

Tommy Tedesco's Studio Log. (Classic Column)

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The Incredible Hulk

Date: May 18, 1979

Leader: Joe Harnell

Hours Worked: 5 1/2

Wages Earned: $417.80

Instruments Played: Yamaha electric, Ovation Glen Campbell model acoustic.

Devices Used: Polytone Mini-Brute amp, Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer, Goodrich volume pedal, MXR analog delay.

TO MY GUITAR-PLAYING buddies out there who have not seen The Incredible Hulk, I first want to tell them that, contrary to popular belief, the show is not my life story. (When I recorded the show, this was the type of teasing I got from the rest of the orchestra. Fortunately, this show can be a tough one to record, so there's not much time for kidding.)

Music for The Incredible Hulk demands what I call a "sound effects" guitar player. Throughout the scoring, mysterious sounds have to happen, and the guitar chair becomes the villain. Strong fuzztone sounds from the guitarist are supposed to strike fear into the television audience (and, sometimes, into the musician sitting directly in front of the guitar player). On this particular show, I impressed the leader with my Micro Synthesizer. (This means I'll have to be prepared to use it on future shows, too.)

I look back over the many years that I have been doing TV movies, and I remember all the shows that created their sounds because of guitar player gimmicks. Way back, a heavy fuzztone started almost all TV cops-and-robbers shows. After Shaft came in, all cops-and-robbers shows had the wah-wah sound. …

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