Assorted items of news, nonsense and things people wish they hadn't said.
It'll be easier to get to see Overwater guitars now that they've nipped across the border to Haltwistle, Northumberland. And once you're there, the range should be much easier to understand. Overwater gaffer Chris May told us that the previous line of six or seven instruments has been slimmed down to one standard guitar (£542 plus VAT) and one standard active bass (£565 plus VAT).
Beyond that, of course, you can order yourself any number of additional custom items — extra switching, more inlay, snazzier hardware, and so on — and you could go for a more exotic wood construction beyond the standard Brazilian mahogany core and neck with maple facing if you so desired.
"The old place was a bit of a barn," Chris said, "but now we're much better organised." And about 20 minutes from the M6, too, at (Contact Details).
"IT DIDN'T take me long to get bored of being a 'jazz' guitarist." Ah, the things they say, 17 years ago to the month. Listen, it gets worse. "First I decided that I was going to be a folk guitarist. I bought a pile of thumb and finger picks, stuck 'em all over my right hand and thought I was great." Honestly, this bloke wrote all this, he had his own column at the time, "Jimmy Page was also a great help. He has exactly the same tastes as me. We sort of progressed through the blues together. When we started to catch on to the Indian sound, it was together. He had a Sitar years ago..." Never mind, expect the Beck household has dozens of the things now, eh Jeff?
WELL KNOWN greatest-guitarist-who-ever-lived James Marshall Hendrix has been honoured by the good people in his home town of Seattle, Washington. What on earth could radio station KZOK do to commemorate the man? They'd invited, and got, donations from all seven corners of the third stone from the sun. So along came the time to make a decision on how to spend the cash.
How about setting up several hundred speakers all over the city and blasting out "Cross Town Traffic" during the infamous Seattle rush hour? Too confusing. Or perhaps a sky-writing team could be hired on a permanent basis to scrawl titles like "Up From The Skies" across the blue Seattle airways? Too expensive. And so they settled on the Jimi Hendrix Memorial Viewpoint. A sunburst plaque now sits in the hills overlooking the city's stately Woodland Park Zoo. It reads, rather touchingly: "This viewpoint was funded by worldwide donations to KZOK Radio in memory of Jimi Hendrix and his music."
Our Dead Correspondent writes: Mr Hendrix, hanging out in the great jam session in the sky, is reliably reported to have broken three strings simultaneously on receipt of this information. Who said heaven is a place where nothing happens?
ONLY the humans are real, and some of them were making funny clicking noises... The third Fairlight demonstration tape has arrived bearing another collection of weird and wonderful noises from the world's most fabulously wealthy and famous computer. This time there's translations of pieces from Keith Emerson and David Vorhaus. The cassette runs for about 20 minutes offering such diverse distractions as "Pleasure Zone", 'Bent Guitar" and "Doris". E.S.S.P. at The Sound House, (Contact Details), are the folk to write to.
EVEN as we speak, they're sweeping up the Sake cartons from Japan's major trade fair. Dishevelled music execs round the globe will be banging off harried telexes concerning the mega-tech unveiled earlier in October. Can't tell you yet, the carrier squid hasn't arrived, but books have been opened on the first digital home recording system (Sony??), a memory equipped guitar synth from Roland working around the PG200 programmer, and a host of low priced Emulator style keyboards sampling real sounds. More next ish.
Described to One Two by Heaven 17's Martyn Ware as "an outstanding machine" earlier in the year, the Synclavier II digital synth will shortly be controllable by guitar.
The Synclavier people at New England Digital in Vermont, USA, have been up late for months forging a link to a Roland guitar synth six-string controller with modified intestines. This will become an optional extra over the machine's usual incorporated keyboard.
A small control panel that fits to the bottom of the Roland guitar (or to the top of a mike stand) is described by NED project manager Cal Gold as a "performance or recording oriented panel to access the controls on the Synclavier keyboard panel".
There are some specific advantages that the guitar controller and panel will offer, including the presentation of either "raw" pitch information to the Synclavier or "quantised" pitch information automatically corrected to the nearest semitone so that it plays "in essence like a keyboard", the use of picking information to modulate, for example, the harmonic envelope of the attack and delay characteristics and the splitting of different timbres to individual strings, You can also use the guitar controller in association with the Synclavier's special functions, like printing out the music you've played,into it, and recording on what amounts to an internal 16-track digital recorder,
"I think the nicest thing about it is that it's a responsive instrument," Gold enthused, "It's a very expressive way of controlling the Synclavier." You'll be pleased to know that prototypes have been checked out by Chaps like John McLaughlin and Pat Metheney. Gold told One Two that he estimates the US price (to include controller, peripheral interface, control panel and cabling) at about $3500, dependent upon packaging — and in addition, of course, to your Synclavier II.
IT SAYS here that Paiste have just produced a pocket-size drummer's guide. Never having been in the need of a percussionist under a foot tall, we couldn't work out what they were on about.
After several weeks of concentrated thought we realised they meant a new four page fold out chart with sliding panels that lists all their cymbals as well as describing their sound and uses.
So if you're after a High Volume Crash, for example, and you wouldn't be satisfied unless it was "explosive, aggressive and dirty", tug the panel until the arrow points to the right quadrant and there's your solution in a square at the bottom. In case you were wondering, a 22in or 24in China 2002 would appear to be the best bet. Free, and available from Paiste Sound Centres, or the Soho Soundhouse, (Contact Details).
WHAT date is it? Is it October 25? Right, you've just got time to sprint to the Simon Phillips Zildjian Clinic at the Venue, London, starting at 7.30pm and setting you back a mere £2.50. If it's October 26, try the Renolds Building in Manchester, only £1.50 this time. If it's October 27, better watch Top Of The Pops, because you've just missed both shows.
AIWA announces the next step in human evolution, the one fingered man. Homo Digitus shouldn't need any more extremities in order to operate his £499, V-700 hi-fi system because instead of labour intensive actions such as turning on the record player, selecting phono, and hitting the cassette record button, Aiwa have shrunk it to a single task.
Just press "phono-rec" and the V-700 will activate the turntable, connect the phono section on the amp, set the tape recorder on standby and switch it to record. As soon as the tone arm hits the record the FX-70 cassette deck leaps into activity.
Even better you can set the turntable to "sample" and it will play the first 15 seconds of every track before shifting on to the following one. Next, the gramophone player that will listen to old Elvis Costello albums for you while you're out.