Swedish designers Matthew Bolger and Emelie Lidström, a.k.a. M&E, shared an innovative recent project of theirs with us. Tasked with designing a limited edition album concept for Danish band Black Light White Light, the duo created a beautiful custom guitar pedal with the album contained inside on a flash drive. To download the album, Gold Into Dreams, you simply plug the pedal into your PC or Mac via USB.
The ‘Gold Digger’ pedal, believed to be the first containing a whole album, was built by musician and effect pedal designer Dave Adkins of Looperstar. Here’s some of the technical deets and features from M&E:
The idea was to create a fuzz pedal that could capture the spirit of 60′s bands, but also get into experimental electronic craziness at a flick of a switch. The basic fuzz is sculpted using the Gain and Tone controls with the Shape knob adding a more retro gated quality to sound. Engaging the Dig switch brings the Gold knob into play allowing you to go digging for sounds of oscillation, electronic bleeps and lower octave synth tones.
BYPASS – engages the Gold Digger Effect
GAIN – adds gain, drive and sustain
SHAPE- changes the texture of the fuzz from open to more gated
TONE – bass / treble control
LEVEL – controls overall output volume of the pedal
DIG – engages the Gold features
GOLD – exploring and sieving for golden nuggets of noise
You can get hold of a guitar pedal album and learn more about the project here.