The Bicycle Delay is a physical manifestation of the experience of consciousness, letting
go of the desire to control everything, experiencing the present and maintaining a positive
attitude in order to leave room for a positive experience.
The Bicycle Delay is as organic as a computer growing from a tree. Sonically the pedal is
ever changing, even turning the knobs has an amorphous behavior. Go with it.
You are about to meet the Bicycle Delay.
Plug your instrument into the Bicycle Delay and directly into your amplifier. Set all knobs
to noon, clear yourself mentally and, for a time, destroy all notions of control. Listen to
what the Bicycle Delay has to say. Approach each knob with an open mind. Take note of
how they interact with each other and you. One knob at a time,
be mindful of where the
Bicycle Delay is taking you.
Speak and listen. There is opportunity and consequence to what you bring to the
conversation. The quiet voice brings calm, reasoned responses; the bombastic can incite a
strong reaction you did not anticipate. Many voices create a cacophony, the lone voice is
heard clearly. Each can foster harmony or discord depending on what is being
communicated. But always listen…
Yin and Yang. There is a balance. The weight
of each side is symbiotic and ever changing.
[NUMBER OF REPEATS; FROM ONE REPEAT TO
Envision a staircase. REFLECT determines the
number of steps in the staircase. Each step
climbs or falls depending on MOOD.
[DETERMINES DIRECTION AND VELOCITY OF
THE PITCH SHIFT OF THE REPEATS]
MOOD determines the steepness of the
staircase. Tailspin or ascending a thermal?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Even at the center
there is chaos in the tranquility. Embrace
Where is the focus? Inward, close at hand? Or
gazing outward at a far away horizon in the
mind’s eye? Somewhere in between?
journey can be as short or as long as you care
to make it. Take your time.
Darkness or light. Dulled or sharpened. You can
find opacity or clarity here.
Bicycle Delay was something like an “Albert Hoffman moment” (to quote good friend and
guitarist Neal Casal). I sat down with no plan of where I was going, but allowed myself
the freedom to be open to wherever the journey took me, and document the experience.
Really a strange path to travel when it involves something as cerebral as programming
software. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe that’s a pure form of creativity, to use the boundaries
of programming as a medium for art? The result was a pedal as autobiographical as any
I have been involved in.
The more time I spent with the Bicycle Delay the more it unfolded its complexities to me.
The harder I thought about what it was doing, the more difficult it was to put my finger on
it. The more that I surrendered to what it was showing me, the more it set me free to be
musically creative. In much the same way it took a computer to visualize a Mandelbrot
Set, it took the Bicycle Delay for me to find the organic beauty in disharmony.
The way this pedal behaves is also metaphoric to how I’ve been looking at life. Approach
it from a negative perspective, go ahead, make it spiral downward. There is beauty in it,
like there is enjoyment in picking at a scab. It’ll take you to darker musical places fitting
for the vampires at night. It all depends on your mood. Bring it up, it wants to take off.
Happiness in a madhouse. The most difficult and interesting stuff begins to happen
when you keep it balanced. Edges of notes brighten radiantly to prominence, like the
flora and fauna do when I walk Clemma in the early morning sun.
– Nicholas Harris
You can set the Gain trimmer for a pre-determined amount of boost so when you hit the
Bicycle Delay, your sound will get louder, juicier and have more impact. Great
for emphasizing certain passages or for epic leads.
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Voltage: 9-18 VDC