We all love Guestroom Records, and all of the amazing people that work there. So we decided to do a showcase on two of our favorite employees, Will and Michael. Watch and take a little virtual tour of the shop while be serenaded by Michael and Will. We also have a demo board + some custom pedals for sale at the Guestroom Records Oklahoma City location, so be sure to stop in and check that out if you find yourself in the big city.
Michael plays a Fender Jaguar through the Old Blood Noise Endeavors Dweller out of a Fender Champ.
Will plays a Fender Jaguar through the Old Blood Noise Endeavors Reflector Chorus V3 out of a Fender Champ
When Seth, Brady, and Kilyn asked if I could do a This Is Why I Like You exploring some of my favorite nooks and crannies of Reflector V3, I found myself unsure where to start. It’s a strange chorus pedal - it does chorus very well. It’s lush and tweakable. But it also does so many other things that live in extremes or very precise spots in a knob’s turn. To find those sounds, craft a piece, perform the piece… how much can one do in an afternoon. So I thought, maybe let’s explore this together. I’ll find a sound in the top mode. Roll cameras please. We’ll start a loop and go from there. I started with a harmony - a perfect fifth below my signal, with no chorus to speak of. Suddenly it felt like someone was playing a baritone while I played guitar. Lovely and deep. From there, I moved to the middle mode and found a slow pitch vibrato. I turned on the Greer Amps Lightspeed for light grit that gave the entire signal the sense of a grainy record. I thought of Graham Coxon’s singular contribution to Blur’s “Think Tank,” the simultaneous grandiosity and uncertainty of a gritty guitar waving in and out of pitch. While there I introduced reverb with the Modulate control, and because my Mix control was already all the way up it created a swelling effect. More dirt from the Fender Pelt fuzz and we were off to the races. I switched to the bottom mode and brought the rate all the way down so I could find a fixed resonant filter that would goose the fuzz, setting the frequency with Modulate. I figured I’d rip a solo until I remembered I cannot rip a solo. So I touched the Depth knob - here’s a fun thing. You don’t hear the very minor delay introduced by the Depth until you start to move it - counterclockwise to pitch up, clockwise to pitch down. With a sustained note it resettles very quickly. From there I imagined it was time to let the rate start moving again, so I pushed that control out and got a little noisy. When making the tweaks that would become V3, I wanted subtlety, nuance, restraint. Everything must be pretty, I thought. And it has to play well with dirt. Before and after. But I’d forgotten: this pedal is fun. It’s really fun. It’s music, and music is fun. We were maybe 15 minutes deep and it had been a nice meditation on the Reflector V3. I turned my loop and pedals off and we resumed the afternoon. I hope you enjoy these minutes.
Thanks to our friends for lending their wares for this video:
Island Instruments Anzol Guitar
Greer Amps Light Speed Overdrive
Fender Pelt Fuzz
It was the Summer of 2018 and after spending a week in the secluded mountain town of Pitkin, Colorado, I (Kilyn), Brent Hodge, and Benjamin Krause decided to hole ourselves up in Ben’s basement in Colorado Springs with a few instruments and effects and see what would come of it. On the three hour drive back to civilization from Pitkin to Colorado Springs, the increase in population and noise put me in a the headspace of just how busy life can be, which influenced the bass line that proceeded. We had a simple setup consisting of a drum loop made by Brent on an acoustic kit, a simple bass line, and added synth and guitar leads to the rhythm section. We decided beforehand to film it and see if a video could capture what we created in the pit. The following is a video of that session and some photos of out time out in the woods. I hope you all enjoy and it gives you a feeling of urgency like we felt while jamming together.
We had the good fortune working with Garrett back in 2014-2015 on the Procession artwork. When we started tossing around sound ideas for the as-of-yet-to-be named Dweller Phase Repeater we at OBNE quickly got excited about the idea of tapping Garrett for this project and delving a little deeper this time around. We reached out to him and he was open to another collaboration with us so we gave Garrett some sonic examples and loose art direction—mainly about what a phaser is and what it's doing to a sound wave; how the Dweller toys with the notion of what a phaser actually does. Also sprinkled on the concept of interdimensional duality.
Garrett came back with a beautiful and fully realized concepts sketched out, both for what the art on the face of the pedal would be and a comic book/ poster/ zine. All Dwellers from oldbloodnoise.com come with the Dweller Comic - while Supplies last. We look forward to working with Garrett again in the future! Keep up with all of Garrett's works at on his website, he stays very busy.
30th Street Guitars is where you go in NYC to find something unique, to have something expertly repaired, and to peruse an exceptional pedal selection. If you are ever lucky enough to be in New York, New York, stop in and test out the full OBNE line of effects.
234 W 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
Monday: 11am - 6pm
Tuesday: 11am - 6pm
Wednesday: 11am - 6pm
Thursday: 11am - 7pm
Friday: 11am - 6pm
Saturday: 11am - 5pm
"Since 1995, 30th Street Guitars, located in the heart of NYC's studio/rehearsal district, has been servicing the New York music community. We offer vintage and used guitars, expert repairs, a large assortment of the hottest new effects, pedalboard builds and a huge inventory of new and used amps.
Founded by Matt Brewster, 30th Street Guitars began in a smaller location on the block, but moved to accommodate the rapidly expanding clientele. Since then, it has become an institution for local musicians, as well as a destination for players and collectors worldwide.
Matt has always built custom guitars for clients. A few years back, he started his own line called RUST - his motivation on the designs has always been vintage formula, modern playability.
"30th Street Guitars' immense collection of top-shelf vintage electrics and unrivaled selection of used amplifiers never disappoints."
-New York Magazine
If you are in or passing through North Texas it will be worth your while to stop in Sky Guitars on North Elm in Denton, Texas. Lots of great gear to check out including the Old Blood Noise Endeavors pedal line.
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
521 North Elm Street
Denton, TX 76201
"At Sky Guitars we provide an incredible selection of musical instruments and gear for both the amateur and professional musician. We have a reputation as being Denton's Favorite Music Store. We have long been the place musicians depend on for expert instrument set-up and repair. We are both Denton's Largest Music Store as well as Denton's Oldest & Best Musical Instrument Repair Shop. Stop by today, and let us know what we can do for you!"
Here at Old Blood we like to have fun. And we try to do good. Sometimes an opportunity comes along to do both at the same time. On May 18th, we'll be joining Bowl For Kids' Sake in Oklahoma City to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Information about our team and the event can be found here: https://www.giveffect.com/teams/8640-old-blood-noise-tengetters. Donations can be made directly to our team (which then go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters), but you can also give in a big way by getting yourself something:
Right now in our Reverb shop you can find a custom purple on white version of each of our standard size pedals - Black Fountain, Haunt, Procession, Reflector, Dark Star, Mondegreen, and Flat Light. These are one-off color schemes specifically themed for this event. All proceeds from their sale will help Big Brothers Big Sisters match more children in Oklahoma City with caring adult mentors.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Give. Get. Enjoy.
A short month. Tax time. Is it hot or is it cold? Spring cleaning is overdue. April is better than February, but just barely. I guess we do have Norman Music Festival in town at the end of the month, which serves as a nice distraction. Otherwise, it's the grind. And here to help us with that grind are our April OBNE offerings:
Custom colors available only on our Reverb.com store. Trying that thing out.
Some limited stuff in the works. Expanded features on some older designs.
Maybe a new utility.
Maybe a new phase of life.
Maybe the Whitecap trap will be escaped.
Planning for Summer NAMM.
Finding time to play dominos and Risk.
New Jaye Jayle record rules.
We do not take it for granted that you've chosen to invest in the craft of Old Blood Noise Endeavors. That is not a small thing to us. And that you chose to deal directly with us, well that is just special in itself.
So we're introducing the OBNE Red Ticket*. For the Rest of 2018 and at the end of each month, each person who places a direct pedal order at oldbloodnoise.com or reverb.com/shop/oldbloodnoiseendeavors will be automatically entered into a randomized drawing and a winner will be chosen to receive a gift certificate for $199 towards their next pedal purchase at oldbloodnoise.com
That's it. If you shop at OBNE in March, you may receive a Red Ticket in the mail the first week in April, or perhaps even later in the year. Who knows if or when the chaos of Old Blood will smile upon you. Bask in its glory when it does.
*No Purchase Necessary; To enter mail first and last name, Mailing address and email address to 421 Highland Parkway, Norman OK with “ATTN: Red Ticket Sweepstakes Entry. "
Official terms and conditions are below, feel free to reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
Winner Will Receive gift certificate with a unique coupon code towards $199 off of purchase along with free US Domestic shipping for use at oldbloodnoise.com Product(s) purchased with prize come with the standard factory warranty. No substitutions, cash equivalents, or transfer of the prize is permitted. Prize will be shipped to winner at no cost. Winner is responsible for the payment of all applicable federal, state and local taxes, fees and duties.
No Purchase Necessary. Mail first and last name, Mailing address and email address to 421 Highland Parkway, Norman OK with “ATTN: Red Ticket Sweepstakes Entry". All purchases made at oldbloodnoise.com and reverb.com/shop/oldbloodnoiseendeavors 01/01/2018-12/31/2018 are automatically entered. Purchase will not improve an individual’s chances of winning. Only one entry per individual per year is permitted. Entries will be randomized and a winner will be determined at random. Winner will receive notice along with PRIZE in the form of a Red Ticket gift certificate via US Mail 7-10 business days after sweepstakes month ends. If entry is not selected, that entry will be rolled over into the next months drawing.
This sweepstakes is open to anyone 18 years of age or older, except where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the United States. This sweepstakes is void where prohibited or restricted by law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Entry in this sweepstakes constitutes acceptance of these official sweepstakes rules. Sweepstakes Winner may only win once per year. The following persons are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes: (a) employees of Old Blood Noise Endeavors, its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or employees; (b) officers, employees or agents of any organizations directly involved with this Sweepstakes, including any co-sponsor of the Sweepstakes; (c) immediate family members and persons living in the same household as the persons identified in (a) and (b) above.
Old Blood Noise Endeavors, LLC, 421 Highland Parkway Norman OK 73069 USA (“OBNE”)
The sweepstakes will begin at the first minute of each given month and end at the last minute of said month Based on CST Time Zone. ie. The initial Red Ticket sweepstakes begins 12:00:00am CST March 1 2018 and ends at 11:59:59pm CST January 31 2018.
The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entrants.
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OBNE is not responsible for typographical errors in any sweepstakes-related materials or for incomplete or illegible entries. OBNE reserves the right to cancel or modify the sweepstakes if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the sweepstakes. By entering, participants hold harmless OBNE from any and all liability, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize.
US Domestic winners will receive free shipping; All other will pay USPS shipping for International.
To obtain a list of Sweepstakes winner(s) (available after December 31, 2018), send a self-addressed, stamped return envelope to: “OBNE RED TICKET WINNERS”, 421 Highland Parkway Norman OK 73069
NGHBRS is the graphic design studio of Aaron Cahill. He was born in 1978 in San Antonio, TX and graduated from Oklahoma...Read More
Perhaps you've wondered the same thing. Perhaps no one with a demeanor as calming as Dan's has explained it to you. Here it is, a clear definition of how In-Series and Parallel routing work. Take this knowledge with you and apply it your musical export.
For every Old Blood Noise Endeavors pedal release I contract a different artist to create the artwork—It's one of my most favorite parts of the job. For the Excess I was looking for something that visually summons tumult and unpredictable undulation, much like the excess does sonically. I was explaining my loose concept/ idea to a close friend and she pointed me in the direction of Atiya's work. I immediately reached out to Atiya because her style and vibe were perfect for the project. Below are some words from Atiya on her process and approach, be sure to check out her website atiyajones.com and follow her on social media @_twelvetwenty. We're honored to and grateful to Atiya for lending her skill and craft to the Old Blood line. -Seth McCarroll
All photos used with permission via Atiya Jones. Color photo of Atiya by Jenna Houston.
"My work conjures apophenia, which is the psychological concept of finding patterns where they do not exist. People have a propensity to fight for definition and sense where it does not exist. I find it to be both a really beautiful and detrimental trait in our strange species.
I use my art and creative workshops, above all else, to connect with people. Making contributions towards building a sense of community is my purpose, and these Wildlines allow me to just that. As a non-musician, this project places my work within a community to which I am normally just a voyeur. I’m very proud of this project and grateful for the opportunity to share it with your team and clients."
It's been a while since we've done a giveaway. This one is about sharing too, which is nice. Tag a friend for the chance for you to both win a Strymon Sunset Overdrive, Ojai power supply, and Old Blood Noise Endeavors Excess Distortion Chorus/ Delay. Sharing is caring. Sharon is Karen. Have fun I hope you win. Full contest terms can be found below the giveaway image.
Gimme Sixty is a challenge we give ourselves to produce a piece of music showcasing a single effect and that can be condensed down to 60 seconds. Here's each on of those videos.
Seth McCarroll is head of Creative at Old Blood Noise Endeavors. Here he's whipped up a little aural and visual piece to showcase without words something he likes about the Reflector Chorus. But Just in case you need words, here are some. "The Reflector is capable of making lush and tasty chorus sounds for guitar and bass (especially rad on bass VI) and while I love that about this pedal, what makes it special for me is that it's capable of quite a bit more. For instance, I enjoy having the capability to sweep the octave of the chorus voice in the Wrinkle mode from a full octave down to a full octave up. For this piece, I ran stereo out of a Critter and Guitari Organelle then each channel through its own Reflector direct into a Zoom H4N field recorder. Using the expression-out with a TRS cables into expression pedals, I was able to easily manipulate the pitch / octave of the two independent signals while playing the Organelle. All of the pitch shifting and tapey warble is coming from the wrinkle mode of the Reflector. As for the visual component, this is a montage I made with videos I've shot mostly on my phone on commutes around Oklahoma City, with a few DSLR shots sprinkled in. I gave myself 4 hours to knock out the whole project. I should I have given myself a little more time."
So, the cat is out of the proverbial bag. We released our first drive-ish pedal. Announced it on Cinco de Mayo, 2017. Started shipping back on Wednesday May 17th. But the Fault origins started awhile back and sort of centers around my personal preference for overdriven and distorted guitar sounds. See, I tend to prefer an amp that has some drive to it and is already dynamic before ever putting a pedal in front of it. So that's where we went.
I've been somewhat surprised by the response to an Old Blood overdrive. A couple of common questions have included "What made Old Blood want to make an overdrive?" often said with a scrunched face and upward inflection. Well, honestly, over time we had a hodge podge overdrive circuit with EQ and Gain functionality that we personally enjoyed. And the MO of Old Blood from day one has been to put out pedals that we enjoy and find musical, even though others may not. "Will it fit in with your lineup since it isn't that weird?" It is true. The Fault isn't that weird. And I'm not sure how functional a "weird" overdrive would be. Just don't have the vision for that I guess. What it lacks in weirdness, I suppose, was made up for by the ability to cover a lot of sonic territory. The Fault can be used in a wide range of setups, clean and dirty amps alike, with a lot of EQ tweakability to make unique and musical sounds.
Also, I'd like to extend thanks to the musical and engineering brains who offered up some feedback on the Fault. We sent out around 10 "Proto" units to be verbally and physically abused in order to refine the circuit as best we could. And this Fault. This pedal. This is where we landed. For us, it does the trick. So we'll probably get back to the niche and the weird.
Have you heard of Mylets? It's worth your brain equity to seek out the band Mylets and spend some time imagining and exploring what it might be like to keep so many parts operating in a song while also proficiently playing your instrument. And all of those parts. And sing. Henry Kohen, the sole member of the band Mylets, does that deftly. Henry was on tour last month and stopped through Oklahoma City. He swung by our shop and put some riffs down with the Old Blood Noise Endeavors Reflector, our modded EHX Pog2, the strymon Flint, and TC electronic Ditto 1 and just straight into a field recorder and some headphones. Left to his own (and some of our) devices he serves a tasteful and nuanced guitar conversation using just a couple of effects.
Brent Hodge is a full time builder and visual generalist at Old Blood Noise Endeavors, as well as a very active percussionist. Here you The musical piece he constructed and also video element to complement the piece. Make it loud.
"To me, the black fountain is a portal to a vast and ethereal paradise.
A place of warmth, light, bliss, and tranquility.
Instrument and recording setup: Casio CTK-471 and Rickenbacker guitar ran into the black fountain all directly recorded into an mbox-2 interface using protools 8."
It is Sunday in mid March. SXSW stuff is next week. Some of the guys are going down to man a board at the Pedalboard Expo thing. We went to some shows lately. That was cool. And we're quietly stirring the pot on something here and something there, eventually to see the light.
We also did a limited run of inverted color schemes of the Utility Line. OBNE Headphone Amp, OBNE 3 Band EQ / Buffer and AB/Y Switcher. We made 20 of each. Already going until they're gone.