"My studio setup is very simple. I, for the most part, use all of the same pe... more
"My studio setup is very simple. I, for the most part, use all of the same pedals and same guitar, which is a Fender Jaguar – it’s a Japanese reissue – that I use when I play live on tour."
What is your guitar of choice? "I was using a double-neck SG-style Epiphone ... more
What is your guitar of choice? "I was using a double-neck SG-style Epiphone guitar. Initially, I used the Epiphone played flat on a keyboard stand. I was able to do lots of dual eBow stuff and process that. When I used the double-neck there was a 14-minute piece that I really loved called “St. Powers” that is on two of my LPs. On that tune I am plucking the strings and chording as well as bowing. I was asked to do a show in the south of France and I flew there with the double-neck guitar and the hard case got completely destroyed. I realized if I ever want to do a tour of Europe it would cost a fortune to fly with it—and it weighed a ton. As a solo performer that is stuff that you have to be aware of—you don’t want to kill yourself getting to a gig. My first European tour I brought the Jaguar but I still laid it flat. Then I decided I hated bringing the keyboard stand, and it was hard to appreciate the instrument playing it that way. I realized I could still bow the guitar wearing it traditionally with a strap."
"When I played with the Brooklyn indie-rock band Parts and Labor my guitar wa... more
"When I played with the Brooklyn indie-rock band Parts and Labor my guitar was a 1972 Fender Custom Reissue Telecaster. They didn’t like the way it sounded. It was piercing and not full enough, it was fine for live shows but they were going to be recording and they encouraged me to buy a new guitar for that. I had always been interested in the Jazzmaster and Jaguar models but never had the money to buy one. Since it was being demanded of me, I found this one at South Side Guitars in Brooklyn. It was a 1995 Japanese model so I could afford it. I fell in love with it and started using it for Noveller stuff. There is still one song that doesn’t sound right called “Bleach Beach”—it needs the piercing sound of the Telecaster."
"Which amp are you using? I am using a Sunn Concert Bass head and a Musicman... more
"Which amp are you using? I am using a Sunn Concert Bass head and a Musicman cabinet with one 15? speaker in it. My bass player boyfriend and I were touring in the US and I had this Ampeg Super Jet guitar amp. One night he mentioned that with the frequency ranges I was using I might like a bass amp. Some other people had also floated that idea; so one night I asked him if I could plug into his bass amp. I loved it and played through it for the rest of the tour: a Gallien-Kruger 800RB through two 12? PA speakers."
"My current setup includes 12 pedals. As flawed as it is, I couldn’t play wit... more
"My current setup includes 12 pedals. As flawed as it is, I couldn’t play without my Line 6 DL4 pedal. It’s how I create my loops and other trickery."
"I have eight in my current set-up, but I’m constantly swapping things out. I... more
"I have eight in my current set-up, but I’m constantly swapping things out. I try not to add any, because I’m trying to be as compact and efficient as possible. Recently, I got the Eventide H-9, and it’s a square, white pedal with an LED screen. It’s really awesome; it allows me to access any preset Eventide has ever created and it can do reverb, delay, pitch shifting, harmonizing, it can do all these crazy things. It’s a compositional tool in itself."
Tell us about the Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation pedal "It has a se... more
Tell us about the Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation pedal "It has a send, return, output and input. I have it as the first pedal in my chain; the guitar goes directly into it. Then I have the Tube Screamer and Boss Bass overdrive pedal. Normally I also have an Electro-Harmonix Metal muff in the mix, but it is glitching out on me right now. I run all of the distortion pedals in the loop. The send goes to the Tube Screamer, then into the Bass Overdrive, then into my Tuner and back into the return. The output goes out into my volume pedal, then into the rest of my chain. The Annihilation has a switch and one knob on it. I keep the knob in a general region that will produce a feedback tone I need for one song. If I had different distortions in the loop, or different settings on the distortions, it would change the frequency of the feedback tone. Basically it just makes a feedback loop—some nasty sounds with whatever you are sending."
Q: I noticed you bowing behind the bridge, which is something Jaguars and Jaz... more
Q: I noticed you bowing behind the bridge, which is something Jaguars and Jazzmasters are good for. A: "That’s true; I used to do that on the Epiphone and was glad I could still do it on the Jaguar. The only thing I don’t like is that it is longer than a standard guitar and doesn’t fit in the one flight case I have. Whenever I fly I have to put it in a gig bag and carry on the plane."
"When I record, I do everything myself at home, but I go direct into my Mbox ... more
"When I record, I do everything myself at home, but I go direct into my Mbox into Pro Tools. I don’t mic and record it through an amp. I did do that for my earlier albums, maybe even through Glacial Glow, but because I have so many effects pedals that I’m going through I find that I don’t really need that sound from the amp to enhance it. I just really want a very clean sound when I’m recording.
There are a few software effects that I use in Pro Tools, mainly just a reverb or the EchoBoy delay. There is one effect called the Crystallizer and I was using it a lot in Pro Tools, and then when I was going and trying to make live arrangements of these songs I was like, “man, I’m really missing this effect.”"
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