Adrian Belew performs Drive, one of his innovative guitar compositions in part 1 of this 3 part series on the history and future of guitar sound. A variety of technology and playing techniques are demonstrated here including midi instrumentation, layering and combining effects such as echo lengths with pitch shifts, loop pedals, compound rhythm structures, time signatures as well as cutting edge guitar design. Adrian's professional career as a musician spans from the 70s to present day and includes collaboration with the Talking Heads, King Crimson, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Nine Inch Nails among a plethora of solo work. Throughout that time he has been known as an prodigious creator and imaginative innovator with a unique style.
Other Parts of this Series:
Part 2--Adrian Belew: History and Future of Guitar Noise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWfxQ4QFM4M
Part 3--Adrian Belew performs an Untitled Song for Solo Guitar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cr_cB8-NVU
He used to live in Springfield, IL on MaCarthur Blvd years ago and was even listed in the phone book. There used to be a studio called Cwazy Wabbit in town and I think he spent some time there recording as well.
+Chris Parker Sorry to say you were wrong but... in part 2 he said 85% and AxeFx around 4:00... Also, technique, effects... I thought music was mainly a question of feelings, moods, ambiance... think I was wrong :(
+IcyBluesOfDeath I agree, that is definitely an exaggeration. You can't be playing with Robert Fripp and be 90 percent effects, and 10 percent technique. Adrian Belew is a master of the whammy bar, just amazing dives and stuff. He plays every style, not just one style too. Very talented, I recommend downloading his Flux app/album from the app store.
Do you have ears attached to your head? They both have quite distinct and different styles. Fripp certainly influenced Belew, you can hear it on tracks like Walk around the World, but to say he is a Fripp wannabe just reveals your ignorance. And IMHO, Belew is responsible for the best era of KC, hands down. Double Trio, Three of a Perfect Pair, Discipline, Beat... ooooh yeah.
Adrian is such a fantastic guitarist. I was sorely disappointed to hear that Adrian won't be joining the new King Crimson this September 2014. They've replaced him a drummer! (kidding). The final lineup tally is 3 drummers (Pat Mastelloto, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison), 2 guitarists (Bob and Jacko Jakszyk), 1 reed (Mel Collins) and the redoubtable Mr. Levin on the low end.
Always liked Belew. The older I get, the less interested I am in electronic guitar sounds. Belew keeps it organic sounding. Those Parker Flys are really special guitars -- so springy and richly resonant. Belew and Fly's are an ideal match. Ken Parker makes some of the best arch top guitars in the world now.
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