The ability to create polyphonic synthesizer sounds with a guitar, without the need for a special pickup, has been on the table since the advent of Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar software http://www.guitarmoderne.com/gear-2/jam-origin-midi-guitar-the-full-review. Still, there are many guitarists who would prefer not to use a computer in their setup. For them, the Boss SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer sounds promising. I only wish the video spent more time showing the synth sounds and functions, and less time on guitar shredding.
I just found this incredible Terje Rypdal concert in Garana, Romania with Miroslav Vitous and Gerald Cleaver. There is also either a hidden orchestra or tracks going on (the laptop near Vitous leads me to believe the latter). Whatever the case, any Rypdal video is worth checking out, but this is exceptional. Thanks alexsh.
Great guitarists abound. There is even a thrilling number of guitarists with their own instrumental voice. Fewer are musicians of any kind who invent their own musical language. Playing things never played before is not that difficult; playing them in a way that possesses such a strong internal logic it draws listeners to a sound they have never experienced, is a marvel. Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and Stevie Wonder are among the few who introduced us to new ways of hearing through their explorations. Joe Morris also fits in this category. The first time I saw him play, I was struck by how his unique note and rhythm choices made immediate sense to me.
Between his many groups and a separate career as an upright bassist, Morris is one of the hardest working men in show business. His recent release Raoul, with keyboardist Jamie Saft and drummer Mike Pride, for Eraldo Bernocchi’s RareNoiseRecords, is a rampaging, electric, free improv set that in other hands might have easily devolved to pure noise, but thanks to the musicality of Morris & Co. remains engaging and involving throughout. Get a glimpse of the guitarist’s motives and objectives here.
Guitar Moderne presents the ultimate in small pedalboards. Internet searches love this kind of pompous statement. I’m actually talking about my personal go-to board for jam sessions and quick recording work. Its three, extremely versatile, effects pedals cover many of the sounds I need, for a variety of genres. They are packed on a small, sturdy pedalboard, powered without batteries (in the pedals) or needing to plug into a wall. Whether the gig is blues, roots, country, Americana, rock, pop, jazz, improv, experimental, African, Latin, or virtually any other style of music, this pedalboard lets me create appropriate tones. Check out the video and “read more” for full pedal descriptions.
Molten Voltage makes all those things for your pedalboard that you didn’t know you needed. They make especially cool stuff to enhance the Digitech Whammy experience. They are running a Kickstarter campaign for their latest Whammy modifier, one that turns your guitar into a sequencer—but that is just the beginning. Check out the video and kick in some money if you want to get in on the ground floor.