You could say Eivind Aarset started this whole Guitar Moderne thing. It was discovering his work with trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær that started me searching YouTube for video of him playing live, long before I got to see him play in Montreal, New York, and London. Through that search, I discovered other players and the rest is history. It has been a while since his 2012 release Dream Logic, a solo project for ECM, and another YouTube discovery: a workshop he did in Istanbul revealed some new gear. I reached out and Eivind was kind enough to respond with some help in identifying the gear and some info as to what he has coming out.
I recognize the Superego, Alesis Bitrman, Jam Big Chill tremolo, the iPad controlling an H-9, a Z.Vex Fuzz Factory and your trusty Boss Delay. What are the other pedals, and what is that controller and what are you explaining at the end of this clip?
Anything new on the floor?
On the floor I now have Boss OD, Mooer Black Secret distortion, Jam Wahcko wah, Jam Compressor, Morley volume, and two Eventide H9s. After this video was made I started to use a Boss compressor near the end of the chain (before the volume pedal), which I occasionally switch on to bring out all the noise and duck it.
Any new recordings coming out, in addition to the Bill Laswell produced Hu Vibrational?
A new record with Andy Sheppard was just released on ECM, a new record with Anneli Drecker on Rune Grammofon (great Norwegian singer/composer, from the group Bel Canto, and sometimes Röyksopp). An album with Tigran Hamasyan, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang and me on ECM turned out really good, and will be released in February 16. I have a new record coming out under my own name on Jazzland in September. It is much noisier than I what have done before.