|Instruments||Bells, drums, drum programming, guitar, kranton, melodica, organ, pencilina, percussion, piano, sampler, synthesizer, vocals|
|Associated acts||King Missile III|
Bradford Reed is an American multi-instrumentalist, experimental luthier, and member of avant-garde band King Missile III. He is proficient at such instruments as drums, guitar, melodica, piano, and synthesizer. In the 1980s he invented the pencilina, a custom-made string instrument.
Similar in construction to two long, thin zithers connected by a stand, the pencilina's two "necks" each have a bridge, tuning pegs, and a set of strings; six strings on one neck are tuned like a guitar and four strings on the other are tuned like a bass guitar. Wedged over and under the strings in each neck is an adjustable rod, a wooden drum stick for the guitar strings and a metal rod for the bass strings, which divide each string into two segments with different pitches. The divided strings can be then played separately, creating a tap harmonic-like tone.
There are four built-in pickups: two are contact mics mounted in the bridges at one end of each neck, and two are guitar-style electromagnetic pickups which are placed under the strings toward the opposite end. In addition, there are four bells – a fire bell, a door bell, and two brass telephone ringer bells – mounted at the end of one of the necks. The pencilina is played by striking its strings and bells with sticks. The strings may also be plucked or bowed.
|Artist||Album||Record Label||Release Year|
|Bradford Reed||Ultra Fresh Super Vibe||Ft.Lb. Records||1992|
|Bradford Reed||Live! At Home||Ft.Lb. Records||1996|
|John S. Hall||The Body Has a Head||Manifatture Criminali||1996|
|King Missile III||Failure||Shimmy Disc||1998|
|Bradford Reed||The Stars My Destination||Ft.Lb. Records||2001|
|Bradford Reed||Solo Live Songs||Ft.Lb. Records||2003|
|King Missile III||The Psychopathology of Everyday Life||Instinct Records||2003|
|King Missile III||Royal Lunch||Important Records||2004|
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