BLIKSEM: An Acoustic Synthesis Fuzz Pedal

May, Lloyd and spencer topel

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper presents a novel physical fuzz pedal effect system named BLIKSEM. Our approach applies previous work in nonlinear acoustic synthesis via a driven cantilever soundboard configuration for the purpose of generating fuzz pedal-like effects as well as a variety of novel audio effects. Following a presentation of our pedal design, we compare the performance of our system with various various classic and contemporary fuzz pedals using an electric guitar. Our results show that BLIKSEM is capable of generating signals that approximate the timbre and dynamic behaviors of conventional fuzz pedals, as well as offer new mechanisms for expressive interactions and a range of new effects in different configurations.