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Thanks – I have interviewed Mike for Guitar Player a number of times. Unfortunately, they no longer post any articles on the web. I will do Vernon at some point.
I am not sure how, where, or even if this fits in with your zine, but it is certainly adventurous, and it is certainly guitar-related, so I figured I would give it a try.
I have invented a Pedal Steel Keytar that uses a standard MIDI keyboard to emulate a pedal steel guitar. The MIDI keyboard I use is a $200 Casio CTK-6200, and the video clip I am including here is a screen recording from my PedalSteelKeytar app (which is still in beta), embellished with a backing track.
The screen keys you see being pressed are the actual keys being pressed on my Casio. Notice that the left hand fingers are framing guitar barre chords, the left hand thumb is triggering vibrato at a rate and depth determined by the key press, and the right hand is plucking strings with forces also determined by the key presses, very similar to the fretting and plucking of guitar strings. The only thing you have to know about the keyboard is the note on which to place your index finger (i.e., the fret at which to barre the strings).
You can view the video clip by clicking on the Pedal Steel Keytar (Electric) video at:
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Interesting sounds whether exact pedql steel or not. In a track they might well pass.
Interestingly, that is the same comment I recently received from a prominent pedal steel player.
The sound has come a long way since my first attempt, thanks to all the feedback I have received. I will continue to improve it, but I think the limiting factor is now that I am using a $200 Casio.
If anyone on this site would like to try out my app on their own keyboard, I would be happy to post a link to my test site from which a free beta version of the app can be downloaded.
All I ask is that they post the results, good or bad.
Great Zine….Thank You
Glad you like it, but this is not the place to advertise your work. If you would like to email me links or post on the Facebook page that is fine
Thank you for the reply Michael
Hey Michael, when you were on Guitar Wank, Troy mentioned an Australian guitarist you should check out. His name is Plini, here’s a video:
Hi, very good site, a little contribution from me ,greetings from istanbul.
I like the music
What about the passing of Glenn Branca and his influence on modern guitar?
Fair point. While I recognize his influence, I was not into his music and so don’t feel qualified to write about it. If you would like to, I would be happy to post it
Thanks Fran. Welcome to the community
I really like your site!
Great reviews on so much great artists!
can you tell your thoughts on my work please?
it will be be so great!
my latest track
Nice. Meditative but edgy
Thanks you for your nice comment 🙂
Hi guys!! I love your site!
here I send you a video from my last concert, last week. Avant-Garde project THE POST-DECADENT SINGERS!
Thanks – sounds great
Michael, are you familiar with Ruben Machtelinckx?
No – thanks for the lead
I love this site! Thank you so much. The articles are awesome, and the Mike Baggetta interview is what brought me in. Excellent. I’m wondering when you will interview Ichirou Agata. You really should.
Thanks for the kind words – I will check him out
I found a great article you did about the KMI Softstep 2 and was really impressed with the clarity in which you expressed how to execute functions with the advanced editor… something that is pretty daunting for a noob like me. I was wondering if you could help me out with my scenario – I’m trying to create a toggle switch for the ‘speaker on’ button in Ableton. When I’m looping I’d like to hit a button once on my soft step and have the track become muted, and then hit it again and have it come back on! It doesn’t seem like that would be too difficult to figure out but it seems next to impossible. Anyways, I followed your advice from the Emusician article step by step and I think I’m close… As it currently stands, when I press the button, I need to hold it down in order for it to turn the switch off, and the moment I release it, the channel comes back on. The only way I figured out how to get it to stay off is to open the midi assignment tab in Ableton and change the values to Min-0 Max-127. This then creates a “one shot” where I will hit the button and it turns off, but then that’s the end of the line. Hit the button again and it won’t come back on and no further actions work! I’m hoping you can help me out, and I figured I would go to an obvious pro like you!
I really love your site and think it’s freaking awesome!! Keep up the great work!
A new fan,
Thanks JP – I am afraid I haven’t been using the SoftStep in a while so I am rusty. Off the top of my head I think the unit offers options for toggle and momentary, but Ableton can be finicky as well – like when you want to operate the Looper. I will be getting back into it soon for some projects and will see if I can come up with something, but in the meantime KMI’s support is pretty good – I would contact them – best Michael
I play guitar in a duo with Andy Peake (ex Comsat Angels) called Lost Garden. All my sound, looping and effects are created using ableton live – check my work out at http://www.looping.me.uk
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Wonderful site – Keep up the good work! You might consider checking this company out – Fellow making some pretty interesting hex pickkups….
Great site. I’d love to see a feature on David Soler Pina. He produced a beautiful cd last year – ‘Botanicas.’ Currently playing with Adam Levy.
Thanks. I will check it out
Love the site! Found it via a review that Michael Ross did.( an amp or something). I’ve done a lot of fingerstyle and classical guitar but I love the experimental side of music. Experimental doesn’t have to equal weird.
Hey, just found this website and so far have been very impressed. Normally guitar-centric zines don’t hold too much interest for me. Keep it up!
If anyone has time check out some videos I recorded about a month ago of me doing some live guitar looping improvisations using guitar, keyboard, lots of effects and my laptop running Ableton Live 9.
These were just a test of concept and hope to be doing more in the future. Keep up the good work on the website! I know I’ll be checking back often!
Thanks. Glad you like it. Please feel free to like the Facebook page and post your videos there
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Hey! Great page. Would love to see a list of guitarists who use laptop based rigsin their live gigs. Possible? 🙂 Tnx
I assume you have read my piece in EM about laptop guitarists? http://www.emusician.com/gear/0769/tune-up-boot-up-play/139987
There are a number of them in there.
In addition there is Alex Gunia at 300 Acting Spaces (see links section) and of course Fennesz. I am always looking for more, so keep me posted
Just surfed in here and will be back. Great site and great focus on the oddball end of guitar. Keep up the good work.
Way to go brother! Cool site and you shoulda done it years ago! Not sure if you got the text I sent you last week while I was watching/listening to a WICKED guitarist named Marc Shulman. If you haven’t already you must check him out some time.
In the interim here’s somethin’ for ya…
Thanks Terry. I know Shulman for over three decades. Just ran into him Sunday night. Fabulous player.
He was playing with my pal Sammy Merendino and Lev Katz at this downstairs spot 78 Below on Columbus/78th. 1st time I’ve seen him – super feel!
Hey Michael, just got another look at this website, interesting stuff…
Got a question: What is considered “experimental” guitar? Could you provide a few examples, and I apologize if I am in the wrong place for asking this question.
I think the best way to understand is to check out the videos on the site. You will see that the playing does not fit into the usual style that you hear in traditional rock or jazz.
When I attended the jazz festival in montreal many years ago, I was so dissapointed,. I could not follow, with my ears, where the musicians were going… specifically Branden Marsallis (sp). Anyway, I will scout around and hear what I can and let you know. Thank you!
For me, it’s a case of familiarity. New sounds/practices do often seem strange, but if you keep listening and thinking, often it begins to make sense. That’s certainly what I’ve found with my forays into free improv (as a listener & now fan). The excitement for me comes in identifying the often oblique ways that musicians interact with each other, pick up (or ignore!) each other’s ideas.
excellent, michael. looks great. i’ll check in periodically.
Cool site…welcome to cyberspace!