Josh Deragon: Ambient Playground
I make music under the name Spieglass in Austin, Texas. It’s been an evolving solo project for almost three years, but over the last year it’s stayed in the realm of ambient meets post-rock meets orchestral something or other. What I’ve done with a pedalboard is release six albums in 2019 alone on Bandcamp. So, it’s not collecting dust any time soon.
The first thing to note is having my “foot” pedals separate. This is in my home music space, so I have the pedalboard on a chest by my side. Two dedicated expression pedals, a volume, and a looper pedal are on the floor while the effects (signal chain below) are at my reach, since I’m a constant tweaker when recording.
The board itself is a sort of Daphne blue stained wood affair from SoCal Pedalboards (it matches one of my guitars). I don’t play live, so while my board is only used for recording, it has still seen its fair share of come’s and go’s. At the moment, the main idea is to have as many different effects available as possible for inspiration. It took me a while to get into modulation, for example, but since it clicked, I've bought and sold and rented more than I can count.
Another glaring note is the lack of distortion. As an ambient player, I don’t use it. I do have a Boss BD-2 off to the side, but it’s just for jamming. This is my ambient playground. I hope you like it, and I can’t wait to see any submissions you may post.
Signal chain: Dunlop Volume X, TC Electronic Ditto Looper, EarthQuaker Tone Job, Boss NS-2, Dwarfcraft Witch Shifter, EarthQuaker Grand Orbiter, EarthQuaker Dispatch Master, Walrus Audio Monument (with expression), Walrus Audio Julia, EarthQuaker Arpanoid, Old Blood Noise Endeavors Flat Light, MXR Carbon Copy, GFI System Specular Tempus, EarthQuaker Avalanche Run (with expression), EarthQuaker Afterneath.