Nick Reinhart’s EarthQuaker Sounds

Nick Reinhart has lots of fans among Guitar Moderne readers, so here is a video of him doing what he does best: taking a bunch of pedals he is marginally familiar with and instantly making music—albeit his noise based variety. Reinhart uses Earthquaker pedals on his board (he talks about them in his contribution to Earthquaker’s blog), but these were new to him.

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Ambient Effect Ideas

Like That Pedal Show, Tim And Pete’s Guitar Show is a master class for guitarists of any persuasion. Session stars Tim Pierce and Pete Thorn talk to their peers about playing, gear, and the business. This one, with Michael Thompson is especially good on a number of levels. Thompson has played on records for everyone from Mike Oldfield to Kenny G. The majority of his work involves delivering pop sounds, but here he demonstrates some interesting ways of creating cool ambient textures. Also fascinating is watching three guitarists solo over the same track with the same guitar through the same gear.

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Remembering The Potato Eaters

I was living in San Francisco, working part time at a vintage guitar shop, Real Guitars, and part time at Gary Brawer’s guitar repair shop, located in the back. On weekends, I was playing country music in a gay bar in Hayward, about 30 minutes south. Almost immediately after moving to the Bay Area in the mid-Eighties, I met David Phillips, who was working at Gary Brawer’s at the time. David was a pedal steel player, but not your typical one. He had taken up the instrument because he thought it would sound good on King Crimson tunes.

Listen closely at 1:30 and you will hear my patented “ghost-horse whinny” guitar.

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Spotlight: Lucas Brode

Polyrhythmic two-hand tapping, atmospheric loops, flowing fusion lines mixed with skronky noise—Lucas Brode does it all. This native of New York’s Hudson Valley, is a guitarist and composer who performs solo, leads his own jazz-fusion group, Spying, co-leads the Post-Rock/Math-Rock hybrid Hannibal Montana, and is an active performer and improviser in the New York City and Hudson Valley experimental music scenes.

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Reader’s Rig: Matteo Liberatore

When I checked out the videos Matteo Liberatore sent me in his contact email, I was blown away by his take on creating abstract music in a similar way to early Stian Westerhus; that is, conjuring up highly electronic sounds without using a laptop or iPad, solely through the imaginative employment of effects pedals. Matteo was kind enough to consent to a Reader’s Rig, where explains his process in detail.

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