VauxFlores Gold Standard and Platano Verde

GOLD STANDARD

Designed in collaboration with Baltimore-based composer, violist, and visual artist Liz Meredith, the Gold Standard ($119 direct) is described as a “stripped down” version of the 24. It certainly has all the untamed sizzle that the 24 is capable of–and more–and flies the flag of its buzz-saw sound proudly. There is practically no option here for anything but madness. If you want a totally jacked-up tone, this is your altar. It spits and it sputters and it sounds broken–although you can dial back the insanity to actually hear notes clearly if you start getting a bit timid. The Volume knob provides a significant increase in level (about 12dB)–which is helpful if you want the more extreme sounds of the Gold Standard to cut through a band mix–and, with everything set just right, you can get almost endless sustain. I don’t say this lightly: Take care. This pedal may have the power to destroy the world.

PLATANO VERDE

The Platano Verde ($89 direct) is perhaps the most “normal” fuzz in the VauxFlores line. You just get a Tone and a Volume control, and the basic sound is bright, buzzy, and fizzy. It’s a good fit for psychedelic ramblings, industrial noises, and just any riff that you want to scream out of a mix with an intense and unconventional frazzle. Johns says he based the Platano Verde on schematics he found in Brazilian electronics magazines from the 1970s. Another factoid is that this is one of the VauxFlores pedals with artwork actually made by a human being–the Costa Rican artist Paulina Velazquez-Solis.

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VauxFlores 23 – 24

VauxFlores pedals are created by experimental composer, sound artist, and inventor Travis Johns, who states, “Conventional tools tend not to yield unconventional results.” Well, Johns isn’t going after the conventional, He admits straight out that his designs are focused on the underground.

We’re not looking for the brown, green, or blue sound, or the perfect approximation of a particular player’s aesthetics,” he says. “We have no desire to produce a compelling clone of the commonplace, What we are after Is something Just far enough off the beaten path to be sonically interesting, yet functionally useful–high quality, rugged, complex, and Just a little raunchy at heart.”

At present, Johns produces these pedals in small batches, and offers them for sale online through Etsy and Reverb. None of the pedals are battery powered, as the company is not down with the environmental impact of used 9-volters. You’ll need a 9-volt power supply, inside the casing, the hand-built pedals are wired simply and elegantly. Although the sounds of these pedals are pretty arty and extreme, VauxFlores does a great job of informing buyers about exactly what they are in for by posting several SoundCloud audio examples for each model. In other words, you can’t say you weren’t warned. For our tests, we used a Gibson Les Paul through a 50-watt Marshall DSL 2000 set to Its clean channel, and cranked up pretty loud, as well as a Reverend Reeves Gabrels Signature Spacehawk through a Vox AC30.

The VauxFlores Number 23

When I first plugged Into this pedal and nudged up the amp volume, the 23 ($179 direct) started playing itself with a series of rhythmic gurgles, spritzes, buzzes, and gronks. It was a bit of a shock at first, but given that I knew I was in wacky performance-art land, I just enjoyed the impromptu concert. Controlling the 23 is often an expression of ego, rather than practical reality. You can adjust the Blend, Volume, Tone, and Feedback knobs, and perhaps even fool yourself into thinking you know what you are doing, but beware–the highly interactive controls have a mind of their own, and sound crafting is more an act of accepting what you are given than tweaking tones to your desires. None of this was a bummer–at least to me–and I thoroughly enjoyed all the surprises that the 23 delivered.

This is an extreme fuzz with a hint of an octave effect, and-well I can’t say this.better than the VauxFlores website–“heterodyned, atonal artifacts.” What this means for creating music is that, um, you may have to reorient your definition of “music.” I found the weird blastold undulations to be marvelous for adding strange harmonic figures under chords, and, when deployed subtly on single-note lines, you can still discern enough of the melody to utilize the part as a front-and-center hook–that is, if the hook line was performed by tipsy alien lifeforms. Again, this is a very good thing. Everything the 23 does Is abnormal, and everything you play through it will demand attention.

As a closing note, the 23’s front-panel graphic was derived from Johns’ Bioprinting I piece that used amplified earthworms to create the art. Here’s where you say, “of course …”

The VauxFlores Number 24

The 24 ($169 direct) is a high-gain, three-transistor fuzz with a good amount of tweaking options. It has knobs to control Voltage, Bias 1, Bias 2, Fuzz, and Volume, as well as a tone switch that lets you choose between a frequency spectrum best suited for guitar or one tailored for bass. The Voltage control determines the amount of spitting and sputtering, and the two Bias knobs let you dial in fuzz that ranges from mild to over-the-top grind. All controls are very interactive, and, believe it or not, experimenting with the knobs can also produce some very dynamic effects–it’s not all about tortured buzz here. The level of tweakability makes the 24 a fabulous choice if you want to buy into the VauxFlores concept, but feel that you might not always want to deploy weird and feral snarls. Here, you can actually go “subtle” with your fuzz. Imagine that.

The only complaint I have with this pedal is the position of the on/off switch. It is too close to the knobs for Fuzz and Volume, which makes it difficult to stomp on the 24 in the heat of a performance and not have my boot either slip on the knobs or change their positions. An interesting note is that the 24’s front-panel artwork is derived from data-bent imagery that included input sounds by the pedal itself–which means the 24 kind of generated its own art.

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3 Tips to Help You Buy the Best Waist Cincher for Gifting Purposes

At one time, corsets were used for narrowing down the waist area and shaping the overall body. The last decade has seen the growing use of the hourglass waist trainer, as busy women without the time or energy to focus on long exercise sessions and diet regimen find them to be ideal. These types of outfits come in various styles, shapes and designs. Other than trimming the waist, they also provide support to the body, hold the body straight and offer an hourglass shape to the figure. Wearing corsets beneath your casual dress can make you appear very shapely, and shape you well over a period of time. These days, many women gift corsets to their friends and family members. If you are looking for a waist cincher for gifting purposes, read waist cincher reviews via this link first and remember the following tips to get the best corset and make a great gift for a loved one.

Select one which is not too tight-fitting

In most cases, you can get cinchers consisting of plastic and metal strips referred to as boning. These outfits make use of the science of compression in order to narrow down the waist and improve the female body shape, making the bust line and the hips more prominent. However, chafing is one of the major disadvantages of these dresses. Cinchers which are very tight fitting can sit tight on the skin and cause irritation. Chafing problems can arise even due to the use of cinchers that are constructed of the softest types of material. Wearing a camisole or a thin shirt can make it act like a barrier between your skin and the waist cincher and you can easily avoid chafing problems. It is best to buy a cincher that does not fit too tightly.

Choose one with proper support

One of the greatest benefits provided by these dresses is postural support. It can significantly limit your range of movement but you can get great support from the metal bones of these dresses. You will find that you cannot slouch at any time. It is in fact impossible to have a bad posture with these dresses. Those who use them each and every day swear by the amount of support that these outfits offer to them. The additional support can lower the risk of back problems and provide adequate assistance while walking or carrying out everyday activities. So look for a cincher that offers enough support.

Choose high quality material

If you wish to purchase tight lacing corsets, go for one that is constructed of a high quality material. The first thing that you should look for in the outfit that you buy should be the boning. A lot of corsets to be found in the market are made of plastic which can break easily and go out of shape after a few uses. You should preferably go for ones that consist of steel boning, which can withstand folding when a wearer moves and bends. These do not snap back or twist out of shape as you bend. Naturally, these are ideal cinchers to go for.

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