Ian C. Bouras's coordination is starting to deteriorate, and sadly that includes his ability to play guitar the way he wants. However, he has started to experiment with live looping. Ian has attached a guitar synth to his guitar, and plays bass, piano, synth, guitar, etc... live from his guitar synth and then loops them to create a full band. He runs everything through a delay pedal, a phase shifter, and has at least one other pedal, and manipulates the sounds live, so Ian gets to be a composer, musician, and audio engineer all at the same time, and not a lot of people get to do that, so he knows he is fortunate.
When discussing his condition Ian said "I am not thrilled about having Ataxia, but I am happy to be forging my own path, and am the first person, that I know of, to be doing what I'm doing. People do live looping, but not like this. As people say, necessity is the mother of invention, so maybe that's why I'm the first to do what I do, no one else has had to do it!"
Examples of what Ian is currently doing can be viewed at: http://www.sdmprecords.com/live_looping.html
Ataxia is a largely unknown condition, and Ian will be performing his live looping since that is becoming one of his few creative outlets. Ian C. Bouras will also be making more people aware of, and educating them about, Ataxia.
The word "ataxia", comes from the Greek word, " a taxis" meaning "without order or incoordination". The word Ataxia means without coordination. People with Ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements.
All of Ian's music, including many free downloads, can be found at: www.sdmprecords.com
For more information about Ataxia please visit: www.ataxia.org