Aarset being interviewed in Torino. The background noise is annoying, yet at the same time somehow appropriate and the interview is still clearly audible.
Whether performing acoustic dronefests with the latest Paul Vo technology, or jamming with his band Pocketful of Claptonite on his fretted, fretless, or micro-fretted Teuffel, Toone, or New Complexity Harmonic Isolator instruments, Killick Hinds defines the modern guitarist. The Athens, Georgia resident performs steadily locally and sporadically elsewhere in a variety of improvising situations. Here he articulately discusses the foundations and process of his art and the tools with which he creates it.
Compact reverb pedals have been around for three decades, since the Boss RV-2 arrived on the scene, and have largely settled into similar variations of Plate, Spring, Hall, and Room settings, with the occasional reverse and shimmer thrown in.
But Earthquaker Devices has developed a reputation for putting its own spin on even the most elemental effects, and their Transmisser ($225) twists this now common pedal into a unique new source of ambient sounds.
My Potato Eaters bandmate/Keyboard magazine editor/drummer extraordinaire/modular synth maven, Gino Robair met Sara Ardizzoni while in Italy and suggested she contact me. I am so glad she did. Her unique combination of melody, noise, looping, grooves, and vocals is emblematic of the kind of modern guitar music this site was created to promote. Please enjoy her words and spread the word so she can give up her day job—she deserves it.