It’s been two years now since Bowie left this earth and he is greatly missed. I just read an interview with longtime Bowie collaborator Mike Garson where he told that in the seventies, Bowie had been visiting a psychic who had forecasted his death in january 2016. Garson says “(The psychic) told him he was going to die exactly when he died. There are a lot of psychics who are out of their minds and full of it, but this one was real. David knew it and didn’t doubt it for a second. He told me about (the reading) with certainty, accepted it and planned his future out based on that. He had 30, 40 years to plan out his life.”Reading this, it becomes more apparent that Bowie had a master plan and that he was in total control over his creative output right until his last breath. It’s all so staggering.
During the last few weeks I’ve seen many artists celebrating the life and times of Bowie by putting out shows and tribute concerts. Unfortunately I haven’t been asked to participate in any of them, although I really would love to. I know most of his songs and the love and passion I have for his music combined with the knowledge about the different styles of his guitar players would make me a goddamn perfect guitarist in a Bowie tribute band. However, I created my own little tribute by recording some Frippish/Belewish guitar playing over the Scary Monsters chord progression. I made some drum programming, recorded a few rhythm guitars and laid down a basic synth bass. Over that I improvised a couple of takes and here’s what came out. Hope you enjoy it! And don’t forget to call me if you’re planning to pay hommage to David 🙂
As some of you might know I’m a big fan of Line 6 Helix. This unit has become my go to rig whenever it’s time to perform, record or teach. Together with the Native Plug-In it’s a powerstation for all my guitaristic needs. I recently finished a song featuring The Helix with the new update, 2.30, which features lots of new stuff. Here I focused on showing off two of the new amps: The Cartographer (based on the custom Ben Adrian Cartographer amp) and the Brit Trem (based on the Marshall Plexi Tremolo 50). I also included one of the new pedals The Cosmos Echo (based on the Roland RE-201 Space Echo). Hope you enjoy!
Still in love with the Line 6 Helix unit and constantly finding new sounds and ways of working with it. I was curious of how using acoustic IR’s would work with the Helix so I downloaded the 3 Sigma Martin D45 impulses from here and started experimenting with the different IR’s provided using my Martin 00016GT. I found the results to be very promising and I think I could get even better sounds with some tweaking and maybe combining it with a condenser mic. For this video I just used one IR block and went away. I added some subtle EQ and reverb in post, but otherwise it’s just the IR. For the electric guitar I used the Litigator amp with one compressor block and a reverb block, maybe some delay. Some reverb added in post there as well. For the lead I hit the Stupor OD. All guitars recorded direct from the Helix via 2 xlr’s to my T.C Electronic Impact Twin soundcard. Ableton Live used as DAW. The tune was written some years ago and can be heard on my 2014 album “Glashus” as well. During a period of time I wrote several tunes named after different types of reindeer in the Sapmi language. This tune is named “Spoairu” which means a “long legged, thin reindeer”.
As earlier stated, The Line 6 Helix truly delivers! I got inspired and re-recorded another track from my 2014 album “Glashus”. This tune has some kind of Surf vibe going and as usual Johan Björklund keeps the beat on the drums and Johannes Lundberg is pumping the bass. The tune is called Vårstenar, a reintepretation of Springsteen in swedish. Somehow the intro reminded me of Born To Run – era Springsteen. Enjoy!
Lately I’ve been really impressed with the new Line 6 Helix Guitar amp modeler. This unit blows my mind. It’s so easy to work with and sounds just amazing and the great thing about this unit is that I’m finally able to use just one rig for both live work and recording work. It’s highly customizable and I can tweak it to fit every musical situation I’m conquering with ease. Just to test how well it would adapt to recording situations I decided to re-record an old tune and replace all guitars with Helix-sounds. Take a listen 🙂