Killick | WUOG Live Radio

VIDEO: Killick Hinds live improvisation on WUOG (90.5 FM) Athens, GA. Two of my builds get a workout via his vast array of techniques: 8-string fretless multiscale and Walrus 6-string multiscale. Watch and listen to the evolving soundscapes he creates organically, exploring string harmonics. Fascinating and beautiful. Recorded live 9.21.2021 at the college radio station.

Campfire Songs From Outer Space

IMAGE: New release from Max McCargar: Campfire Songs From Outer Space.

The first track uses a traditional Native American flute that was gifted to me by Charles Littleleaf:

My mom has been doing volunteer work with dogs on the Warm Springs Reservation. She met him while building a fence and he made me the flute as a thank you.

I think you’ll especially enjoy The Destruction Of Words — I used Wingspan 8 and my Guild acoustic for the chord playing layer, Walnut Jazz Skele for the lead playing layer. You can also hear Wingspan 8 on tracks 2, 10 and 11.

Hope you like it!


RuinenLust Etude

VIDEO: Max McCargar takes us on a tour of ruins. Gorgeous full spectrum tone from Wingspan™ 8-string guitar. Single track, single take, improvisation live into DAW using only reverb and Goodhertz Wow plug-in.

Death Of Superman

VIDEO: Death of Superman featuring Chris Buono, Todd Haug, Ken Kinter, Gabriel Levi, Steve Sjuggerud, Rick Toone, Ede Wright. Instruments, music, lyrics, production: Rick Toone.

“Shop’s closed,” I called out. “New national holiday.”

Quiet laugh from outside. “This would be a social visit.”

Intrigued, I opened the door. Slender graceful figure, bullfighter. Dark hair, swept back, deep mirth lines around keen eyes.

“Have we met?” I asked.

“Several times. Never in person.” He stepped through the doorway, casting a quick appreciative glance at tools and systems neatly arrayed in the guitar shop. “My name is Francisco.”

I studied him: self-possessed, confident in his own body and thoughts, without arrogance. Straightforward.

“How is your supply chain?” His eyes focused directly on mine.

“Delays. Suppliers — like DiMarzio, for example — forced by government to suspend business during lockdowns. StringJoy, and others, waiting for raw materials or facing a shortage of skilled workers. Wait times for some items are more than twelve months. Prices are increasing.”

He nodded slightly.

“What are your clients saying?”

“My clients are people of means, or quite often very serious players who understand the value of my work and are willing to save for a guitar purchase…or sometimes sell off other equipment. Universally, they appreciate what I am doing: designing and building singular pieces, transforming raw materials into a finished instrument, delivered directly into their hands. They pay me, I invest back into my own company, keeping some money for my personal needs.”


Startled, I looked at him more closely. “That’s not a word I hear often…with your tone of appreciation. A friend texted me a few days ago. She was at a party with 25-30 year olds. She noticed their main discussion topic was: ‘How Capitalism has ruined their lives’.”

Holding my gaze, he said: “Because they have correctly identified they are slaves. However, they have not identified their master.”

“Provocative statement,” I responded.

“No,” he replied. “Education failure. Those partiers don’t understand they are trapped in a Socialist system — where select few politically connected classes of people are given unlimited amounts of unearned Dollars. Why do you think there is growing unrest and political tension within the United States? It’s because competing political tribes are in a fight to the death to gain access to that free money.”

I thought quietly. “What is the solution?”

“Scarcity has value. Things that are scarce are valuable…consider what you would be willing to pay for a bottle of drinking water if you were canoeing on a pristine glacial mountain lake vs. dying of thirst under relentless desert sun. This same principle applies to money. When money is unlimited, it has no value. The solution is to end the central bank: The Federal Reserve.”

He continued.

“Those angry partygoers clearly understand it is increasingly difficult to simply survive: pay for food, pay for housing. Why? Prices are going up, and the reason is: our culture is quite literally drowning in excess money. Over time that money will accelerate toward accumulating in the hands of the few, but the nature of the problem will remain unchanged.”

He shrugged, “Even if everyone was given the exact same amount of money, prices will continue to rise. Because each Dollar is worth less, as unlimited amounts of new money are created. Every additional added Dollar buys less.”

“What if the government implements price controls?” I asked. “Setting a basic price for wages, or food, or housing?”

Francisco laughed.

After a moment he walked to the window and looked out across the farm fields.

“What makes you think other nations will continue to use the Dollar? What happens when they begin to use scarcity-backed competing forms of currency: blockchain-crypto, gold? How will you survive when nobody accepts your form of worthless money?”

“Force always fails. Ours is a Darwinian planet.”

Daffodils | Killick Hinds & Rick Toone | Duet

VIDEO: Spring duet featuring Killick Hinds & Rick Toone. Three instruments invented by Rick Toone: 8-string fretless guitar, Symbiote 8-string passive resonator, 6-string Spearfish™ guitar equipped with prototype Pisces™ tremolo. Killick on 8-string fretless and Symbiote. Rick on 6-string tremolo guitar. Listen on headphones or monitors.

What did fine arts painting look like at the moment of Picasso?

Killick Hinds has a significant history of recording with some of the most interesting artists. Players who are pushing limits and exploring boundaries.

Yesterday, I asked him if he wanted to record something together. I truly don’t believe you can fully understand Killick’s genius until you actually work with him.

The interplay of Killick’s 8-string you built and the great range of the tremolo is very exciting. Your playing is exciting, love diving the vibrato at the end of a phrase — reminds me of cutting the power on a tape machine. Reminds me of Xenakis textural language. Excited to hear more of it and see how that thing is working!” (Andy Pitcher, StringJoy)