PEDAL CRUSH explores guitar effects pedals as a tool for everyone: showing how all musicians – producers, DJs, instrumentalists, vocalists and of course guitarists – can benefit creatively from using stompboxes in different ways.
- 800+ PEDALS
- 50 ARTISTS AND MAKERS
- 200+ TIPS AND TRICKS
The book contains everything – from starting out with a pedalboard to concepts, purpose, history and creative possibilities of specific effects and pedal types. Presentations of both popular and rare pedals, contemporary, boutique, and vintage, as well as lots of illustrated tips and tricks. PEDAL CRUSH takes the reader on a unique journey of discovery, resulting in clarity and expanded knowledge of effects pedals and their creative, musical possibilities.
Interviews with artists using effects pedals
Like in our two previous books, readers will meet a range of inspiring artists ranging from known guitar masters to creative artists. Get inspiration from Amulets, Andy Martin, Anne Sulikowski, Daniel Steinhardt (That Pedal Show), Data Choir, David Torn, Dub FX, Ed O'Brien (Radiohead), Gaz Williams, Hainbach, Jennifer Batten, Joe Barresi, Kid Koala, Lara Somogyi, Lisa Bella Donna, Lisa Molinaro, Matt Johnson (The The), Michael Britt, Nels Cline, Nick Reinhart, Sarah Lipstate, Stefan Fast, Trentemøller, Tycho, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Interviews with pedal makers and brands
We interviewed some of the pedal creators and brands who have shaped the scene: Alexander Pedals, BOSS, Chase Bliss Audio, Death by Audio, EarthQuaker Devices, Electro-Harmonix, Empress Effects, Fairfield Circuitry, Gamechanger Audio, Glou Glou, Hologram Electronics, JHS Pedals, Keeley, Meris, Montreal Assembly, Mu-Tron, Rabbit Hole FX, Red Panda, Reuss Musical Instruments, Spiral FX, Strymon, TC Electronic, and ZVEX.
Tips, tricks, and techniques
Perfect your pedal game with over 200 tips and techniques. These range from simple things like how to order your pedals, to creative ideas, such as how to create sputtering spacial glitches with gated reverb. Plus numerous personal tips from artists and makers.
The book is divided into seven main sections organized by effect type. Each section introduces technical, usable, and audible features of the effect, and ramps up from basic options to effects pedals with more advanced combinations. The seven chapters of PEDAL CRUSH all contain contemporary effects as well as historic touchpoints, vintage rarities, and "oddballs."
- INTRODUCTION - effect chain, amplification & integration, power, control, the pedalboard, multi-fx, fx-boards, software
- GAIN - Boost, Fuzz, Distortion, Overdrive, Bit Crush
- DYNAMICS - Envelope, Compressor, Noise gate
- TIME - Delay, Reverb, Freeze, Glitch, Granular, Doubler, Looper
- MODULATION - Tremolo, Flanger, Ring Modulation, Rotary, Phaser, Vibe, Chorus, Vibrato
- PITCH - Octaver & Tracking, Pitch Shifter, Harmony, Synth
- FREQUENCY - EQ, Filter, Wah, Talkbox & Vocoder
- Timeline, glossary, and resources
PEDAL CRUSH is written by Kim Bjørn and Scott Harper (Knobs) with help from a team of great editors, advisors, and journalists. Editing and additions: Mike Metlay. Assistant editor: Diana Smethurst. Additional texts and content contributions by Alex Maiolo, Dan Orkin, Peter Fernando, Stefan Fast, Andy Martin, Brian Wampler, Kristoffer Høeg, and others.
Author: KIM BJØRN is an electronic musician, composer, and designer, with a profound interest in the interactions between people, and between people and machines. He focuses strongly on aspects of visual design such as interfaces, corporate design, and organizational branding. PUSH TURN MOVE is his seventh book; it follows six books on visual design and aesthetics. Kim teaches interface design at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, and gives regular talks and workshops within the creative field; he has released six albums of ambient music and has performed live at venues and festivals around the world. Based in Copenhagen, Kim is close to his daughters and granddaughter but works and travels the world over.
Brand Management: LARS JUHL is a visionary conceptualizer and entrepreneur bringing music tech brands, artists, and the education sector together. His iPad- based teaching programme The Electronic School Concert is currently democratizing music making in European schools. Lars has directed Kickstarters, hundreds of music tech workshops, and is a vital partner of Knowledge Arena. He is also a keynote speaker, author, pianist and DJ with a degree in Music and Literature. As composer and producer for EMI and BMG, Lars has music released worldwide.
Editor: MIKE METLAY is the Editor of RECORDING Magazine, a pro audio periodical published in the USA. His electronic music career began in the late 1970s and he has a large catalog of releases, both solo and as leader of collaborations and music festivals such as mindSpiral and Different Skies. Mike currently lives in Colorado in the USA, and
his website mrspiral.com offers links to his music and more information about his ongoing projects.
Editor: PAUL NAGLE is an electronic musician, author, and synth enthusiast, whose reviews are frequently featured in SOUND ON SOUND magazine. His catalog includes 4 novels and dozens of albums of solo and collaborative material with groups such as Binar, Headshock, and Joint Intelligence Committee. Paul’s library of music is available from synctracks.com, and his electronic music is linked from his bogusfocus.com website (which he’ll fix one day).
Copy Editor: DIANA SMETHURST is an author and magazine editor whose current position is as Copy Editor of RECORDING. She only recently discovered the wonders of electronic music and has released her first album under the name Gypsy Witch. Learn more about her endeavors here.