January 23, 2018
Hello dear visitors and followers!
Currently I'm working on more songs for the New String Theory project. The recordings for our third tune are nearly done and then we're also going to produce a video. I really appreciate you liking my music and your kind comments, that what I'm doing means something to you! This it what keeps me going and I'd be much obliged, if you'd spread the word!
...furthermore there's something I'd like to mention here. Since quite some time I'm happily recording on Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, an awesome sounding and inspiring digital audio workstation. Cakewalk was taken over by Gibson in 2013 and there had been some rumors, that regarding Gibson's history in buying companys and dropping them very soon, that this would be no good. So, as a gift to Cakewalk's 30th anniversary and it's customers, Cakewalk got now the axe, flimsy excused! Very bad for Cakewalk's employees and customers. A kind of disaster for recording engineers, because it means changing to another DAW, get used to a hopefully not too different workflow, and mainly, what about all those projects recorded on Sonar? Without future updates, how long will the software be compatible and recording-projects be accessible? It means a load of work saving data and losing all mix settings anyway. Simply annoying Gibson, throws a great shadow over you!
Enough with complaining! I've already switched to another DAW, to Samplitude Pro X3 and really start to like it very much. So, everything will be fine in the end!
January 12, 2018
I wish you all a happy new year!
Bram and me started this year being busy and the outcome is this new video:
November 19, 2017
I'm happy to be able to present the first output of New String Theory, a re-recording, new arrangement and videoclip of my song Smile!
...and there is more to come!
September 22, 2017
Yesterday Bram and I finished the recordings of our first song. Now it's time for mixing the stuff and finally shoot a video. We can't wait till it's done. It already feels and sounds awesome. Besides that, two more songs are in the make.
August 23, 2017
Welcome to my new homepage! It was high time to create something new. Still needs some tuning, but soon it'll be completely finished and I'll be able to provide new information about what's going on in my guitarists-life. So far I can tell you, that I have teamed-up with Dutch guitar wizard Bram Bokken. We got to know each other when we studied music at the conservatory in Arnhem/The Netherlands, back then in the 90's and we lost contact after. A few years ago we met on a party and talked about jammin' together. A few months ago it finally happened and we both felt a good chemistry playing-wise and also in mindset. It soon became very clear, we must connect beyond just jammin'. Currently we're recording a song of mine which is planned to be followed by a video clip. I can't wait to finally let you hear the output of our first collaboration. More very soon!
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BENJAMIN SCHIPPRITT is an enthusiastic and passionate musician since 1983. His main instruments and base of musical thinking are the electric and western acoustic guitar, but he also enjoys singing and playing electric bass guitar, as well as producing, recording and mixing music in his studio. Spending a whole lifetime around his guitar, developing a virtuos playing style and completing a full-time jazz guitar study at the Institute for the Arts in The Netherlands, he always got a strong beating heart for rock music. His creative song-writing and contributions cover many different styles of music and manage to perfectly fit that rocking attitude. Besides being a live- and studio-musician, he's utterly passionate about guitar teaching.
How it all started and went on
Born in Gelsenkirchen, a town in the industrial Ruhr district in western Germany, BENJAMIN started playing electric guitar at the age of 11 in 1983 when he lived in Hamburg. First inspired by Angus Young of AC/DC, in the mid 80s he was really blown away by guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen and Vinnie Moore, and practiced many hours a day. Very soon he formed his first hard rock schoolbands called FLANGER and HARD NOISE, and also a family band, with his father on bass guitar and mother on drums. In 1987 he started to record his first instrumental demo tape on a 4-track multitrack-recorder.
Moving back to the Ruhr district, in 1990 BENJAMIN became a member of rock band SHINE DARK from Gladbeck for a short period of time. A year later his own heavy metal band TAILGUNNER was formed. They played lots of gigs in the Ruhr district and they won several band contests. A production of an album, which unfortunately never was completed followed. In 1993 those unfinished recordings however accidentally ended up in the hands of JÖRG MICHAEL, drummer of the German metal-band RUNNING WILD. At that time he was in the recording studio with his Art-Metal side-project HOUSE OF SPIRITS, recording an album and they were looking for a guitar player. BENJAMIN joined the band and recorded two studio albums with them, besides working as a studio guitarist.
In 1994 he recorded a 5-songs instrumental demo tape with his 8-track tape reel machine, and got jazz-guitar lessons from German guitarist ANDREAS WAHL. In 1996 he started a fulltime jazz-study at the INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS ARNHEM in The Netherlands. BENJAMIN's guitar teachers were ONNO KELK and FRANK SICHMANN and he learned more than he could ever imagine he would. During this time he was guitarist and composer of the projects LE VOYAGE NOIR (acoustic folk/pop), and ELVISBOY (hard rock). ELVISBOY recorded a complete album BETTER LEARN MY NAME of which BENJAMIN was the guitarist, bass-player, composer, arranger, producer and engineer.
During his study in Arnhem, he founded the METAL-FUSION band ZPAWN with other students. In 2001 BENJAMIN also formed the FUSION TRIO FROM HELL - JUNK FARM and started with the idea to become also the vocalist of both bands. In 2005 Zpawn broke up, because none could find enough time to keep it going.
Junk Farm had the opportunity to support prog-metal-bands FATES WARNING and FREAK KITCHEN in 2005. In 2007 BENJAMIN signed at UNICORN DIGITAL INC., a Canadian progressive rock label, for a worldwide release of the Junk Farm album UGLY LITTLE THING. In 2009 they published their 2nd album DIDN'T COME TO DANCE.
Since 2010 BENJAMIN lives in the Netherlands. Over the whole time BENJAMIN has given lots of guitar lessons and loves the opportunity to impart his knowledge about what you can do with six "magic" strings and his passion for music. Always amazed by realizing, that a lifetime is not enough to learn to play everything on that fantastic instrument.
Besides working on a solo album and a acoustic guitar show, BENJAMIN has teamed up with great Dutch guitarist BRAM BOKKEN.
New String Theory
Bram and me have first met each other some 20 years ago. Every now and then our paths accidentally crossed. Some years ago when it happened again we thought it was time to meet for some guitar-shredding-session. Somehow it actually took another 2 1/2 years to make it happen. We had so much fun then and we both immediately knew, we should take it more seriously and create some great guitar driven music together.
Check also our first outputs, a re-recording, new arrangement and videoclip of my song Smile!
and the brand-new tune I've Made Up My Mind!
Fotos by Mariëtte van Hees
Videos & Audio
Use links to watch my videos on Youtube or Vimeo and listen to loads of songs on SoundCloud or enjoy just here below in better audio quality. To get the best audio quality on Youtube, switch videos to HD resolution!
New String Theory Recordings
the brand-new guitar-collaboration of Benjamin Schippritt & Bram Bokken
I've made up my mind
For a general note on the following recordings scroll down to the bottom ***
The following tracks where recorded in 2007 and 2008. In 2015 I decided to make a video and performing The Hatch. Therefore I did a complete re-recording of the song, the version you can listen to.
Acoustic Rock Recordings (2004)
On a nice camping vacation in Sweden in 2004 I came up with ideas for the next three compositions. I wanted to stay in the rock music context but replace electric with acoustic guitars. Just was curious how this will work. Later on I recorded Chickbag again with my rock band Junk Farm and electric guitars (album Didn't Come To Dance). So, here's the original!
Billy The Kid
Recordings In Between (2006)
I wrote and recorded this song, just as a birthday gimmick for a young boy turning 18, the age of maturity in the Netherlands
Junk Farm (First Album 2003)
In summer 2001 keyboarder Berthold Fehmer and I came up with the idea of founding a jazz-trio which became a rock band instead. Junk Farm was born. 9 month later, joined by drummer Michael Sticken, we recorded our first 3-track demo and very soon we prepared for a whole longplay cd, gathering all our song material for a reasonable playing-time. This first self-titled Junk Farm cd has been finished and distributed in 2003 only by ourselves.
Three Chord Wonder
Try To Get In
Things Are Changing
Little Greedy Girl
ZPAWN (2005 Recordings)
A former band of mine, formed while studying music in Arnhem in the Netherlands at the end of the last millenium, and kept on going until 2005. We've called our style of music Metal-Fusion. Junk Farm fans will probably know three of the songs, Still Not Dead, Superficial-Girl and Master-Sync, which I performed with both bands. The ZPAWN version sounds pretty different with two guitars instead of keys/organ plus guitar.
The Art Of Criticism
Still Not Dead
*** When I rummaged through my older recordings and having not listen to them for a long time, I found myself enjoying them a lot. At the same time the passionate mixing engineer in me wasn't satisfied and had to do something about it. Every now and then and piece by piece I remixed those recordings. The result is a representative collection of musical snap-shots of me and it would be a great pity to leave ´em in the archive. Besides my new recordings you can already find all remixes or remasters on my SoundCloud page. SoundCloud looks nice, but unfortunately its 128kbps mp3 audio quality is somewhat poor. Above you can listen to better audio quality. Browsers IE and Safari will stream mp3 in 320kbps 44.1 or 48KHz. Firefox, Chrome or Opera will automatically stream even better quality, ogg 500Kbps 88.2 or 96KHz. Other browers I don't know, check it out!
Words and music available on this site written by Benjamin Schippritt!
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