Many of those devices are used to affect the strings by the magnetic field generated my the motor, and a cassette player will do that as well, but cassette players also have the additional benefit of allowing you to feed the audio into the pickups. I have tried using those little pocket memory devices (the little digital "memo to self"-type keychains), but find that they have trouble producing enough level to really work well. (I think they might work better if I were using a cleaner sound rather than distorted, ear-scratching feedback.)
I have to say, though, one of the coolest things I've seen fed into pickups is the human voice. Robby Aceto, who's on this list sometimes (Hi Robby!), used to sing into his pickups and sample it with a stomp box when he played with Red Letter.
From: Scott Martin
Reply To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 12:21 PM
Subject: Noises through pickups
I've heard in divers places about adding sonic
material to loops by playing various things through
the pickups of a guitar - vibrators, cordless drills,
etc. My particular interest is in using cassette
players; I know that Torn sensei does some of this,
and I think others on the list have mentioned it.
Anyone care to share experiences, techniques, caveats
in this area?
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