Here's What Catalinbread Say About the Bicycle Delay Pedal
The nature of the experience depends almost entirely on set and setting. Approach each knob with an open mind. Listen to what the Bicycle Delay has to say.
The Bicycle Delay was something like an “Albert Hoffman moment” (to quote a good friend and guitarist Neal Casal). I sat down with no plan of where I was going but to allow myself the freedom to be open to wherever the journey took me and just document the experience. Really a strange path to travel when it involves something as cerebral as programming software. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe that’s a pure form of creativity, to use the boundaries something so matter of fact as programming as a medium for art? The result was a pedal as autobiographical as any I have been involved in. The Bicycle Delay is a physical manifestation of the experience of consciousness, letting go of the desire to control everything, and maintaining a positive attitude to leave room for a positive experience.
The Controls in Detail
Yin and Yang. There is a balance. The weight of each side is symbiotic and ever changing.
[Number of repeats; from one repeat to self oscillation]
Envision a staircase. REFLECT determines the number of steps in the staircase. Each step climbs or falls depending on MOOD.
Darkness or light. Dulled or sharpened. You can find opacity or clarity here.
[Determines direction and velocity of the pitch shift of the repeats]
MOOD determines the steepness of the staircase. Tailspin or ascending a thermal? Sometimes it's hard to tell. Even at the center there is chaos in the tranquility. Embrace it.
Where is the focus? Inward, close at hand? Or gazing outward at a far away horizon in the mind's eye? Somewhere in between? Your journey can be as short or as long as you care to make it. Take your time.