There are some truly groundbreaking and bizarre contact instrument makers / programmers out there. Embertone is the newest one that I’ve found. They have a small selection of sets available and many are free. I downloaded a few of the free sets to try out – Arcane, Harmonette and Intimate strings and was pleased with the results.
I’ll be going back to pay for the Jubal flute set.
I went to the unplugged jam night at the Castle pub in Fleur de Lys, near Caerphilly last Wednesday and had a very enjoyable time. A great bunch of people playing quite a diverse set of tunes. The next meet will be Wednesday march 11th and I’m going to try to make it. Thanks to Kelvin Smith for making me aware of the evening, for joining in on keyboards and for sending me the photo below. Thanks also to Nigel Hodge for the flute work (he has a fantastic ear for a tune) and to whoever took the picture.
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As always I am years behind the hip but I have just found out about the music of Steven Wilson. I bought “The Raven That refused to Sing” and “Deadwing” and enjoyed both immensely. Not like anything I normally listen to but a great melting pot of sounds, styles and ideas. Recommended listening.
Here’s “Luminol” from the Kscope Youtube channel:
And “The Watchmaker” from Steven’s own Youtube channel:
Here’s the finished panel fitted to the Fender Super Champ. I say finished but it still needs to be flattened and given a final polish with T-cut. It also needs to be physically flattened out as it bent during drying.
I’m currently messing about with Sharpie pens to ‘customise’ some the cheaper guitars I have. At the moment, I am using a panel that was included with my Fender Super Champ that helps improve bass tone. Tesco was selling a pack of bronze, gold and silver Sharpies for £1.50 stock clearance so it was worth a punt. I’m using automotive clear lacquer to varnish the panel but it makes the Sharpie line ‘bleed’ if the coat is even a little too thick. If anybody has any experience with lacquering Sharpies I would like to know what clear coat to give them. The design is taken from an Indian Art book. It’s a relief carved wall panel that was none too distinct but fitted the piece of ply.
Here’s the result thus far:
This scratch plate that I created a few years ago would have been a suitable partner:
The graphic was taken from an internet picture printed onto thin paper and given many, many coats of clear automotive lacquer.