More and more guitarists are experimenting with noise. Making noise with a guitar is easy; making music with noise, not so much. Álvaro Domene has mastered the art of turning non-pitched abrasive sounds into a kind of beauty. “Beta Particle,” on his record The Compass is record offers up a glitchy din ala Stian Westerhus, but with Domene’s personal stamp all over it. Elsewhere, ambient clean tones morph into Wagnerian waves of distortion, as he employs the entire range his 7-string guitar. He joins a growing number of European-born players making, er, noise on New York City’s modern guitar scene.
David Torn’s fuzz obsession results in a steady stream of great off-the-cuff recordings on his Soundcloud page, featuring a variety of fuzz pedals. Here is the latest.
When an artist and session player like Leo Abrahams is continually involved in so many varied and interesting musical endeavors, it is essential to catch up. For the first time we actually spoke rather than emailed and an interview turned into a conversation, starting with a discussion of another wide-ranging guitarist we both love, Chris Spedding (Elton John, Bryan Ferry, John Cale, Robert Gordon et al), before getting into gear and aleatory music concepts.
Prog, math-rock, jazz, fusion, and experimental electronica are all genres that can alienate an average listener used to short melodic pop tunes and/or rythmically simple dance beats. Yet, Matt Calvert’s primary musical projects, Three Trapped Tigers, and Strobes, manage to make a melange of these styles accessible through punk-like energy, recognizable themes, and military-style precision that somehow still swings.
Samuel Hällkvist demos some of his cool, odd time loops.
Three voices: 6×7/8 ~ 14/4 ~ 7×6/8
using Eventide plate algorithm, Pigtronix Infinity Looper, some backwards delay and fuzz at the end.
A rhythmic figure based on two bars of 9/4 in loop A. in loop B there’s 12 dotted quarter notes, which makes the same length as A. some fuzz, Hexe Revolver, hall algorithm from Eventide and Pigtronix Infinity looper .