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.
The OWL by Rebel Technology (£249.00) is an open source, programmable pedal made for musicians, hackers, and programmers alike. The thought of coders being able to create their own effects and put them in a stompbox is very exciting. It will run, among other programming options, Cycling 74’s Max MSP. For non-programmers, it comes with pre-loaded with 40 patches and there is an online library where you can download over 150 more, including polyphonic synthesizers, drum machines, glitchers, phasers, flangers, loopers, droners, delays, reverbs, crushers, shapers, screamers, laughers and more. Without MIDI to quickly access various patches, it strikes me as either a cool studio tool, or a way to add one truly or two unique sounds to your board.