Book Review: IrRational Music by Elliot Sharp

My years of making music in New York City coincided at various times with Elliot Sharp’s. Our musical worlds, however, rarely overlapped. I was playing blues and country music; accompanying singer-songwriters, both struggling and famous; and playing in pop bands that were trying to get record deals (my more avant-garde efforts would come later). Elliot, on the other hand, was at the nexus of all the art that was pushing the envelope during that period, and is still to this day. I never saw him perform live or met him until shortly before I left New York to move to Nashville in 2012, and then it was in a wonderful duo performance with Mary Halvorson.

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Nick Reinhart: Willie Wonka of Guitar

If there is a young guitarist you captures the Guitar Moderne ethos perfectly it is Nick Reinhart. In his work with Tera Melos and with Nels Cline in Big Walnuts Yonder he exhibits a spirit of musical experimentation and pushes the guitar’s sonic potential as far as it will go, with virtuosic technique and wry humor. Premier Guitar caught up with him when he came through Nashville and did an extensive rig rundown, revealing his fan bestowed nickname (no pun intended). Reinhart also reveals one of his sonic secrets. Spoiler alert: Superglue.

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Board to Death : Anthony Pirog

As part of the Board to Death series, EarthQuaker Japan interviewed Anthony Pirog about the EarthQuaker pedals he uses and others, while introducing him to some of their new ones. One of the most creative modern guitarists around (he just finished a record with Henry Kaiser), here Pirog demonstrates some insane country chops.

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Introducing: Meris Enzo

From Meris, the folks who gave you the Ottobit Jr , comes the Enzo. The Enzo ($299 USD) is a multi-voice synthesizer that will track a guitar for monosynth leads, complex chord polyphony, and multi-note sequenced arpeggiation. It can completely transform your input signal and re-synthesize it using a combination of multimode analog style synth filters, ring modulation, and filter envelopes without any special pickup installation.

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