This year marked the first year NAMM’s summer display of goodies for guitarists (and other musicians) was housed in Nashville’s new Music City Center. It will also go down in SNAMM history as the “The Pedal Show”—it seemed like every other booth housed a plethora of effects pedals for guitar!
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The bad news is that it appears Adrian Belew will not be touring with Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails. The good news is he is beginning a new project he calls “Flux.”
Belew explains in this interview with Nick DeRiso.
Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew qualify as pioneers of modern guitar.
With the Discipline-era King Crimson now three decades old it is time to ask: what current guitar-based band do you think pushes the sonic envelope like this?
Here is a beautifully shot and recorded video of a post Bruford/Levin version of Crimson. (Trey Gunn – Warr guitar, Pat Mastelotto – drums, percussion)
In November of 2011 Adrian Belew performed and spoke at the Chicago Humanities Festival series on the history and future of guitar sound. Great stuff here including midi instrumentation, layering and combining effects such as echo lengths with pitch shifts, loop pedals, compound rhythm structures, and time signatures. For the few that don’t know, Adrian’s career spans from the 70s to present day and includes collaboration with the Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Nine Inch Nails in addition to his solo work.