Area 152

Area 152
During the past few months, I’ve been working on a film project called Area 152. I happen to live in Burien, Washington, which is about ten miles south of Seattle. Among Burien’s many enjoyable weird characteristics is an annual event called the “Burien UFO Festival”, which always takes place on April 1st (yes, that’s April Fool’s ...

The Latest AxeFX Update

The Latest AxeFX Update
Last month I retooled my pedalboard a bit, replacing two of my Mission controllers with the new Fractal EV-1 controller pedals. I am finding the new EV-1s to be much smoother and better for fine control over volume and modulation blending, and the Mission is best suited for wah control. I have another small modification ...

Fractal Audio EV-1 Expression Pedals 1

Fractal Audio EV-1 Expression Pedals
Today I received two Fractal Audio EV-1 Expression Pedals. They will be added to my pedalboard, and will replace my current controller pedals. These expression pedals are beautifully built, and have a special planetary gear system. Like all Fractal Audio products, the EV-1 is engineered as a work of art, and the care that was ...

Rehearsing for 1/24 and 1/31 BowieVision Shows

Rehearsing for 1/24 and 1/31 BowieVision Shows
Over the past few weeks we’ve been putting in some dedicated rehearsals for our upcoming BowieVision shows. This comes with the usual fun of loading up my car with a few hundred pounds of gear, loading up my cart, and pulling it into the rehearsal room. Fortunately, we typically rehearse at a facility where there ...

MFC-101 Expansion Module

MFC-101 Expansion Module
A few months ago I added an expansion module to my MFC-101 controller. It sits on the left side of the pedal, and adds four switches and has allowed me to include scene up / down commands in a hand placement. I’m hoping Fractal Audio will eventually update the MFC-101 software to provide scene display in ...

Three Below

Three Below
Last night I attended the Three Below concert in Seattle, featuring three incredible musicians: Trey Gunn, Michael Manring, and Alonso Arreola. Trey is one of my favorite musicians and composers, and he is a trailblazer in touch instrument technique. He performed and recorded with King Crimson for twenty years, and has continued to expand his musical horizons in ...

King Crimson : Seattle Oct 6

King Crimson : Seattle Oct 6
I am looking forward to this evening’s performance by King Crimson. The band produces intense, adventuresome rock music that defies categorization. One of the things I’ve long admired about them is their stylistic diversity and restlessness. It’s difficult to pin them down, and the band’s lineup changes every few albums. At the helm throughout the band’s existence ...

AxeFX Rig : Speaker Options

AxeFX Rig : Speaker Options
I’m pretty pleased with my AxeFX rig, and it continues to perform beautifully at shows of all sizes. My current setup involves a pair of Euphonic Audio VL110 cabinets. They’re great sounding and deliver a lot of punch. However, I’ve also been considering the possibility of using a monitor wedge for my listening position. I have ...

Thoughts on the 9/20 Dudley Manlove Quartet / BowieVision Performance

Thoughts on the 9/20 Dudley Manlove Quartet / BowieVision Performance
On Saturday 9/30, two of my bands performed as a double bill at the Fremont Oktoberfest. We have performed at this event many times in the past, and it was great to continue our annual tradition of being a part of this great outdoor party. We arrived to find the usual crowd: huge, enthusiastic, and ...

The Black Strat : Minor Adjustments

The Black Strat : Minor Adjustments
Last summer I had my main guitar refretted by Mike Lull, luthier extraordinaire. I had worn down the frets on my black Stratocaster to the point where it was pretty difficult to play. Mike did a beautiful job of refretting the guitar, and it made a world of difference in the playability of the instrument. ...