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5271 posts
Jan 22, 2015
5:25 AM
Here's the future, ladies and gentlemen. We need a new website: Postmodernbluesharmonica.com

Last Edited by kudzurunner on Jan 22, 2015 5:26 AM
130 posts
Jan 22, 2015
6:09 AM
Pretty cool... Sounds more like a guitar or synthesizer than harmonica. If I was watching this live, I could probably only take two songs before I'd move on.
ted burke
59 posts
Jan 22, 2015
6:29 AM
Something fresh! I've listened to Marko elsewhere on YouTube and he is one of the more intriguing young players out there. This is the first time I've seen this and bravo!
Ted Burke
40 posts
Jan 22, 2015
7:15 AM
ok,so normally ,i don't go for too many effects of this nature.

BUT!!! i loved this.it really had a nice groove and you can tell the guy could play great harp with or without effects.

the bass player,all laid back and chill!!

i really enjoyed it!!
4007 posts
Jan 22, 2015
10:16 AM
Marko has been playing since the 80's and is 50 years old - so not a young person on the scene.

He is a total badass and has recorded several rock CD's of full band original music, as well as a full on Hendrix tribute album.
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1868 posts
Jan 22, 2015
6:20 PM
I'm sorry, I like the sound of a harmonica. With enough gadgets you could make a kitchen pot sound like an orchestra.


1581 posts
Jan 22, 2015
7:23 PM
he can play!
826 posts
Jan 22, 2015
11:28 PM
I like the Born under a bad sign groove and the bass player kills it. The harp effect gets tired after the first verse-I would have liked to see him switch it out as the song continued on. I like the effect but in moderation.
472 posts
Jan 22, 2015
11:50 PM
I don't think it's weird at all, just modern blues harmonica;-)

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Danny Starwars
23 posts
Jan 23, 2015
1:01 AM
I think it would work well as part of an extended extended solo - like when a guitarist will suddenly start using the volume knob to make while noises or something to break things up a bit.

But yeah - not all the time, for me.


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1659 posts
Jan 23, 2015
11:07 AM
I agree with Goldbrick. You can also do a little call and response from one less aggressive sound to his more effected sounds. I like both sound qualities, but if you don't change it up it sounds less dynamic even though he certainly is playing dynamically.
These videos are out of context also!
Not my cup of tea, but sounds cool!
499 posts
Jan 23, 2015
2:50 PM
Not where I can listen right now, but I think Marko's great. He's a lovely guy, too.
997 posts
Jan 24, 2015
4:25 AM
I like the clip with Brendan. Marko kicks in a solo at around 1:39. There's a lot of Jason Ricci in his playing, rhythmically speaking. I don't think the first vid was weird at all, aside from the use of wah, which seems to be the one effect that hasn't been utilised by harp players. If anything, the bass was carrying the groove and Marko was very tastefully employing blues scales and not wandering off piste, which I think is many a failing of players attempting to push boundaries. I'm inspired. Very cool.
38 posts
Jan 28, 2015
6:37 AM
Marko is an incredible player and human being. We have a very tight relationship with him here at Lone Wolf and he truly is a unique and innovative player.
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1223 posts
Jan 28, 2015
9:22 AM
Yeah, he came and jammed at Suzuki too--nice guy.
1 post
Jan 28, 2015
9:46 AM
Thank you Guys
928 posts
Jan 29, 2015
3:39 AM
Thumbs up from Oz!

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Rubes on Jan 29, 2015 3:40 AM
783 posts
Feb 11, 2015
4:09 PM
Nice groove, nice playing. I don't have a problem with the sounds he's getting with effects. It still sounds like a harmonica, just with different colorations.

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2 posts
Apr 15, 2015
6:52 AM
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763 posts
Apr 15, 2015
7:43 AM
Good demo. I like the way the amp was set so Marko could get some grit when needed yet still play clean. I call this "playing on the edge". This tone was attainable in all keys.

I also enjoyed both vids. The dueling harp vid with Brendan was great...BN
775 posts
Apr 15, 2015
10:05 AM
How about modernharmonica.com? I don't think the nature of the contributions would change but we might be less wary and we could save OT for truly OT posts (ie helicopters and such). I love the videos but my impression is that few submissions are actually 'modern blues harmonica'.
1783 posts
Apr 15, 2015
10:39 AM
I don't really like the sound quality. I've looking for a harmonica trigger to interface with synth modules for years, I think that's the way to go.
My thinking is like what they did for guitar.

The best results I've had with effects processors is with the Eventide. The big problem is that they cost 3,000 bucks.
75 posts
Apr 15, 2015
11:37 AM
Man it's like Peter Frampton never happened!

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