My name is Kim Bjørn – welcome to the PEDAL CRUSH Kickstarter campaign! Following our first two books PUSH TURN MOVE and PATCH & TWEAK - we are now creating a book about effects pedals, and how to use them.
PEDAL CRUSH explores pedals as a tool for everyone: showing how all musicians – producers, DJs, instrumentalists, and vocalists – can artistically benefit from using stompboxes in new ways.
The book contains everything from starting out with a pedal board or software to concepts, purpose, history and creative possibilities of specific effects and pedal types. Presentations of both popular and rare pedals, contemporary, boutique, and vintage, as well as lots of illustrated tips and tricks. PEDAL CRUSH takes the reader on a unique journey of discovery, resulting in clarity and expanded knowledge of effects pedals and their creative, musical possibilities.
I'm excited to announce that besides other effects pedal experts, Knobs is co-writing PEDAL CRUSH with me.
So what exactly is PEDAL CRUSH? Watch the video, take the tour below and please support the book by selecting a reward if you like the idea. The book will be sent out in October.
Kim Bjørn, Copenhagen, March 2019
About the book
Meet the makers, and artists
Apart from the systematic sections on effect types, and general subjects, PEDAL CRUSH features interviews with the passionate makers of effects pedals, and the artists who use them. We have already started interviewing - and when more artists, and makers are confirmed, we will keep you updated. Besides the interviews, the chapters are spiced up with fact boxes, and sidebars on artists' famous/favorite pedals, tips and tricks, and information on techniques and what to look for.
Interviews with artists using effects pedals:
Like in our two previous books, readers will meet a range of inspiring artists ranging from known guitar masters to creative artists like Ed O'Brien (Radiohead), Dub FX, Hainbach, Trentemøller, Lara Somogyi, Nels Cline, Nick Reinhart, Tycho, DJ Kid Koala, and many others.
Interviews with pedal makers and brands
Pedal creators and brands, which are particularly evident to the scene, are featured in specific interviews, such as BOSS, Strymon, Zvex Effects, Chase Bliss Audio, Electro-Harmonix, Empress Effects, Keeley Electronics, Death By Audio, EarthQuaker Devices, TC Electronic, Hologram Electronics, and many more.
Overall structure and main sections
The book is divided in main sections of effect types. Each chapter within these introduce technical, usable, and audible features of the effect, and ramps up from basic options to effects pedals with more advanced combinations. The sections of the book will all contain contemporary effects as well as historic touch points, vintage rarities, and "oddballs."
- Introduction to effects pedals (Pre-amps, amps, pedal boards, playing styles, power, and utilities - everything you need to get started)
- GAIN (Pre-amp, Overdrive, Fuzz, Distortion, Bit crush)
- DYNAMICS (Noise gate, Boost, Compressor)
- FILTER (EQ, Filter, Wah wah, Talkbox)
- PITCH (Harmonizer, Octave/Pitch shifter, Synth, Whammy)
- MODULATION (Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Vibrato, Vibe, Rotary, Ring modulation)
- TIME (Delay, Reverb, Looper, Granular/Freeze, Doubler)
- MULTI-FX (All-in one pedals, Creative combinations, etc.)
- Software, modelling, and profiling
- Index, Glossary, and resources
Examples of the book
(Please note: These are work in progress, and merely serve as examples on the general graphic design of the book).
Kim Bjørn, Creator and co-author
Known for PUSH TURN MOVE featuring a foreword by Jean-Michel Jarre, and praised as “the bible of electronic music instruments”, as well as PATCH & TWEAK exploring modular synthesis. On PEDAL CRUSH Kim is working with selected content providers to create a beautiful, contemporary but most importantly; interesting and informational book on guitar effects pedals.
Known for mesmerizing and cozy demo-video's of guitar pedals on YouTube, Knobs brings knowledge, creative tips, insights, and lots more to this book.
Approx. 368 pages in full color. Hardcover. Dimensions: 24.5 x 24.5 cm (9.6 x 9.6 inches). Printed in Denmark on 130g acid-free quality paper.
Risks and challenges
As an author and designer, I, Kim have written and designed more than a handful of books before, so I know the process and what to do. All files involved in the production are backed up regularly to two different hardware locations and one cloud service.
The printing will be done in a reputable printing facility in Denmark, which is specialized in book printing. They have printed some of my books before, and that's why I chose them: They are easy to communicate with and delivers outstanding quality - it's the same printing facility as we used in printing PUSH TURN MOVE and PATCH & TWEAK.
The fulfillment is done by professional companies, who handle our usual shipping. They will be responsible for sending most of the books out, from the facilities in UK, Germany, and the US.
For the record: The book is completely commercial-free, and we are not paid to include any company, artist or product; content is selected purely by relevance to the overall purpose of the book. We are in close contact with the artists, makers, and designers contributing to this book and they trust us in our aim to deliver the best.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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