“I’ve been trying to find a way for the terror and the beauty to live together in one song. I know it’s possible.” —Sonny Sharrock
I have that quote in my email signature. Digg felt they had to title this video “Swedish Shredder Finds The Ugliest Sounds A Guitar Can Make.” The jolly Freak Guitarist who posted it called it simply “Harmonics #5 – Mattias Eklundh Guitar Lesson.” Either way these are some great sounds.
Clockworks is a faithful reissue of the classic pedal made by Electro-Harmonix in the 1970s. It can be used as a master clock for sequencers and drum machines, and to trigger electronic percussion products like the EHX Crash Pad classic drum synth. Clockworks doesn’t create sound on its own. It generates pulses to trigger other devices and can set the tempo for a drum machine or sequencer like EHX’s 8 Step Program. For guitar application check out about 5:34. It also has possibilities for those guitarists who process their instrument through synth filters.
I am not sure how I discovered these guys, but somehow I found You Tube videos of Jeroen Kimman and Mark Morse mangling Ira and Charlie Louvin songs in the most creative, anarchic, and yet respectful way. Performing as Sleep Gunner http://sleepgunner.blogspot.com/, this Amsterdam-based duo has finally officially released a recording: Plays The Louvin BrothersSongbook Vol. 1 on 300 vinyl copies or download . While touring in Italy, one of their shows happened to be in a professional recording studio. They liked the live recording of it so much they put it up as a downloadable album.
Sleep Gunner proves you can respect roots music without doing slavish retro versions of it, and have humor in your music without descending into protective irony.
Touring is getting tougher and more expensive, so Sarah Lipstate A/K/A Noveller pulled a “Honey I Shrunk The Pedal Board” for her European tour. She was kind enough to steal a moment from packing to give us the rundown. You can read about her original sized rig and see a video of it here. If you are anywhere near these shows, you can hear her make uniquely beautiful music with her new pedals.
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.
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).