Genius of the selfmade (1): Tom Bugs
Bristol based Tom Bugs is a genius of the selfmade.
There’s loads of industrially made devices for sound alteration.
Without them a major part of modern (and not at all only pop) music would be unthinkable, undoable, unless you only play an acoustic guitar … or so.
It seems to me, though, that there’s a certain egalitarianism applying to new and emerging music styles and sounds, since they oftenly result from widely advertised new developments of the large instrument manufacturers coming out every year again.
Luckily there’s ways out of the mainstream of electronic instruments.
I have a certain automatic respect for small developpers, because they are the ones, which get you your own special sound.
Tom Bugs is one of these. Originally a circuit bender he is now a highly inventive Special FX and Synth builder trying out all sorts of functionality mixing approaches in his self-built and designed devices.
Ever new combinations of filters, loopers, delays, ring modulators, distortion and synthesizing are packed into custom made boxes, which oftenly feature a number of custom touchplates for intuitive control.
Besides a nicely dirty overall sound of his things i totally favor his design approaches. A lot of his boxes’ controls are not labelled, which in return gets you to play them using your ears and hands, instead of your eyes – who needs eyes for making music?
Tom does, when he custom designs his boxes to please your individuality – and if you really need it, you might aswell get yourself a shirt.
What’s missing? He’s affordable.