Jack Conte is the brilliant multi-instrumentalist producer/vide producer from Pomplamoose. He has produced what might be the first song/video ode to effect pedals. Also check out his cool Nelson Guitar.
Often modern guitar can be about context. In Radiohead guitars are warped and mangled sonically, but here Thom Yorke perfectly places a normal guitar sound in an EDM type setting. Any suggestions for others out there doing this?
PS Check out the cool use of the Electro-Harmonix looper on his voice.
Tremolo is not just an effect for roots musicians. It can be used in a variety of musical applications, with the choppier forms especially suited to modern guitar playing. Like all their pedals, Jam pedals’ new tremolo is handmade in Greece.
This is the first Guitar Moderne review to feature a dedicated video demo, so be kind.
But more important, he plays. David speaks briefly at the end about the harrowing experience with a benign but big brain tumor that left him deaf in one ear. First, however, we get to hear him do that ambient looping voodoo that he does so well, and get to hear his new Ronin guitar in action.
Three guitarists displaying their chops can be a recipe for a wank-fest. But Jimmy Herrington, Wayne Krantz, and Michael Landau, performing as The Ringers, are not only three of the most technically proficient players in the world, they are three of the most musical. As happy to not play as to play, they solo and accompany here, each inhabiting a distinct musical space. Add bassist Etienne Mbappe from the Zawinul Syndicate and drummer extraordinaire Keith Carlock (Sting, Steely Dan) and you have instead a recipe for a gourmet guitar feast. Perhaps not avant-garde, but definitely modern.
Tim Motzer, profiled in guitarmoderne.com here, offers live video performances at the 1k Sessions site for $10 a pop. These are some of the best examples of modern guitar in various contexts you will see, and some of the best performances of any kind at that price. Here is just a sample. Check them out.
If you haven’t seen this British documentary on Jimi Hendrix, it is recommended. Some great footage and interesting interviews. Unlike many of his Sixties contemporaries, this music holds up as modern today.