Is Roger Waters first to use sound effects on bass guitar? Certainly not, but Roger took it to another level. Listening for the first – and God knows how many – time to the album Meddle, there is always something fresh. Is it “One of These Days” or “Echoes” in which you will find yourself as a newcomer in world of extraordinary sounds?
Waters wanted to make unique sounds for new records and started to involve sound effects that Gilmoure and Wright used on guitars and keyboards. For “One of These Days” he used a very old Italian delay; the Binson Echorec 2. As David Gilmoure said in Guitar World in 1993, in the beginning of the song you can clearly hear that they doubled the track of bass guitar, with one side with crispy sound and one bar later starts with dull sound. In the solo part Roger used that same delay with an HH Electronic IC-100 amp, setting them as preamp with tremolo/vibrato effect.
Watching Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii makes you pay attention to what they were using in live performances. In the golden days of engineering, every sound is made by experimenting; you gotta love that. For example, on the part where there is a kind of throbbing wind sound, Waters used a steel slide to vibrate on the strings, feeding the signal through Binson. According to Watersish.com, Roger also used a Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face guitar pedal for the middle section.
Without the genius and experimentation of Roger Waters, it’s fair to say that “Prog Rock” certainly couldn’t have become this colorful and transparent. It’s probably because he never classified himself as a bass player, guitar player, singer, songwriter, or producer. It was the focus and imagination to continually improve, sending each and every song to the DARK SIDE!
And because of that, I am a fan.
Jovan Lola Salacanin