Noveller Demos Meris Polymoon

First it was the Ottobit Jr., then the Mercury 7, and now the Polymoon.  With these three pedals, Meris is jump-starting its entry into the world of boutique effects. The latest is a spacey delay that conjures up Pink Floyd and Vangelis, making it perfect for the new psychedelic movement. Modern guitar wizard, Noveller puts it through its paces in this video.

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Shawn Persinger’s Epic Project: Halloween Baptizm

Just in time for the holiday that inspired its name, comes Shawn Persinger’s Halloween Baptizm. A problem with much “guitar music” is that it is too much “guitar” and not enough “music.” Much as I love the idiosyncratic nature of the instrument, other than noise-based or ambient guitar, I prefer guitars playing music I can imagine being performed just easily on piano, horns, strings, or vocals. Shawn Persinger’s Halloween Baptizm is just such music. As I listen to him play the overdubbed parts on 6-string, 12-string, nylon-string, and bass, I can easily picture a string quartet of viola, violin, cello, and bass playing these themes.

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Review: East West Slide

When Clinton Beale contacted me about a “new guitar gadget,” I was, as is my habit, skeptical. Hall E at NAMM is full of new guitar gadgets that are ill thought out at best and insane at worst. When I learned that it was a slide with one side that would emulate a sitar, my skepticism rose, but the videos on his site demonstrated sounds coming out of the East West Slide that seemed almost too good to be true. I had to check it out for myself. Clinton was kind enough to send me one for review. Along with it, he sent a three-page letter detailing some tips for using it and the process of making it.

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Bananana Mandala Glitch Effect Pedal

Yes, it sounds like a band name from the Sixties, but it looks to be a pedalboard-friendly, pitch-shifting glitch pedal from the Japanese Bananana Effects company. It will capture a short loop, has a switch that will let you play it back either momentarily or latched, and a switch that permits you to shift the pitch up or down. You can order it in the states from Guitar Pedal Shoppe for $200 + shipping, or direct from Bananana for $185 +shipping.

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Guitar Moderne Record Picks X

Some emotional vignettes, a bunch of Mary Halvorson, and, to start off, a set by Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy.

Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy Doors Of Perception [Cuneiform Records]
Björkenheim adds some new tones to his signature edgy yet vocal style, (like wave form distortion), yet his distinctive instrumental voice continues to shine through.

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