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Livid Instruments Guitar Wing

At NAMM a few years ago, the brilliant controllerist Matt Moldover demoed a guitar he had designed with a slew of MIDI control pads, switches, and touch faders. This Robocaster guitar was to be available through Visionary Instruments as a custom build for a hefty price tag.GM_Award

Last year’s NAMM revealed the Guitar Wing, developed by Moldover with Livid Instruments —a way to add those pads, switches, and touch faders to almost any guitar at a thoroughly affordable price of $189.00 (street).

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Spotlight: Knox Chandler

Over three decades, Knox Chandler’s career has including performing, recording, arranging and producing, with REM, Depeche Mode, Grace Jones, Marianne Faithful, Natalie Merchant, The Creatures, The Golden Palominos, as well as stints as a member of The Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Cyndi Lauper‘s band. His most recent venture is the creation of his sound ribbons/tonepoems. These are real-time musical soundscapes created through iPad and computer manipulations that process and iterate the electric guitar. They are improvisations composed on the spot, using no pre-recorded audio or sequencing.

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Spotlight: Rick Cox

Ry Cooder has called Rick Cox “…the hidden master of the crepuscular and the diaphanous.” Hidden indeed—in this era of ubiquitous Internet presence, I was hard pressed to find Cox represented. Still, you have heard him if you have ever seen The Shawshank Redemption, The Horse Whisperer, or American Beauty, where he lends his unique soundscapes to Thomas Newman’s scores. His latest release for Cold Blue is collaboration with Newman, 35 Whirlpools Below Sound. Enter the vortex with Rick Cox.

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