FJÆRLETT from Tilde Elektriske Kretser pushes feedback from excited springs into heavenly drones and deathly spirals of oblivion for a unique interactive experience in sonic shaping.
It looks immediately intriguing. You’ve got a group of three suspended reverb springs, a couple of large and inviting knobs and a row of ten sliders. It’s all deeply shiny black metal mounted on a nice looking piece of wood with a single jack output. And then there’s the sound. It’s like that moment when playing electric guitar and after all your thrashing and banging you somehow manage to latch onto a feedback tone that just soars and evolves like the gods of feedback are smiling down on you. This, is that.
The sound is generated by audio feeding back through the strings. You can start with a thump and then explore the tones and oscillations that emerge. The ten white-tipped sliders is a graphic EQ that chooses which frequencies are fed back through the springs.
Inside the FJÆRLETT is an amplification and recovery circuit that generates feedback through the reverb springs. The knob on the left controls the feedback amount. The tones are amazing. As the feedback comes you play with the EQ to boost those frequencies that sound good and pull down those that are getting out of control – unless that’s what you want. Run it through some reverb for a wonderfully ethereal experience or start bashing those springs for something more demonic.
This fabulous box is built in Oslo and will be available through Kristoffer Gard’s Reverb store. He’ll have a couple ready in July and more to come in August for $250. There is a waiting list on his website.