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Encyclopedia > Ed O'Brien
Ed O'Brien
Ed O'Brien in 2006, playing live in Blackpool
Ed O'Brien in 2006, playing live in Blackpool
Background information
Birth name Edward John O'Brien
Born April 15, 1968
Origin Flag of England Oxford, England
Genre(s) Experimental rock
Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Guitar, Misc. Effects manipulation, Harmony/Backing vocals
Years active 1987-Present
Associated
acts
Radiohead

Edward "Ed" John O'Brien (born April 15, 1968, in Oxford, England) is a member of Radiohead. He plays guitar and sings harmony vocals live and on some tracks from the band's albums. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 445 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2000 × 2692 pixel, file size: 977 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)This is a photo of Ed OBrien from Radiohead on stage at Blackpool, 13 May, 2006, by Laura Sylvester (send inquiries to Lsyl at... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Experimental rock or Avant rock is a type of art music based on rock and roll which experiments with the basic elements of the genre, and/or which pushes the boundaries of common composition and performance technique. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Radiohead are an English rock band that formed in Oxfordshire in 1986. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total... Radiohead are an English rock band that formed in Oxfordshire in 1986. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity, and therefore chords, actual or implied, in music. ...

Contents

Radiohead work

Ed is known for his large collection of effects pedals, which are important in creating Radiohead's distinct sound. Even on tracks that do not feature any guitar work, his pedals are put to use for other purposes, such as altering Thom Yorke's vocals (Along with Greenwood on the Korg Kaoss Pad). Though he served primarily as a rhythm guitarist on the earlier albums, Radiohead's migration beyond alternative rock instrumentation often saw fellow guitarist Jonny Greenwood called on to play keyboards, the modular synthesizer, or the Ondes Martenot, moving Ed to the forefront as Radiohead's chief guitarist. He is a self-taught guitarist, but took drum lessons and is an accomplished drummer, though his only drum works for Radiohead to date have been the auxiliary drums on Hail to the Thief track "There There", a task he shared with Jonny Greenwood, and an additional drum piece on the b-side "Pearly*". Effects pedals are electronic devices used by musicians, primarily electric guitar players, to alter the sound quality or timbre of electric or electronic instruments, and less often vocals picked up through microphones. ... The Kaoss Pad is a touchpad MIDI controller, sampler, and effects processor for audio and musical instruments made by Korg. ... Jonathan Jonny Richard Guy Greenwood (born November 5, 1971 in Oxford, England) is a musician and a member of Radiohead. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms The modular synthesizer is a type of synthesizer consisting of separate modules which must be connected by wires (patch cords) to create a so-called patch. ... Ondes martenot demonstrated by inventor Maurice Martenot The Ondes Martenot (or Ondes-Martenot or Ondes martenot or Ondium Martenot or Martenot or ondes musicale) is an early electronic musical instrument with a keyboard and slide invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot, and originally very similar in sound to the Theremin. ... Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) is self-education or self-directed learning. ... Hail to the Thief (subtitled The Gloaming) is the sixth studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on 9 June 2003 in the United Kingdom and June 10, 2003 in the United States. ... There there is a song by Radiohead and was released as the first single from their sixth album Hail to the Thief in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ...


Although all members of the band are credited equally for all songs, Ed is not usually involved in songwriting, apart from few notable exceptions, such as the opening riff on "Go To Sleep", which he wrote. He also created the riff that makes up the closing song on The Bends, "Street Spirit (Fade Out)." He mainly helps to expand on the musical framework created by Thom Yorke, and is known for his contributions to "Karma Police" (he created the effect that closes the song), "Lucky" (he created the effect that opens the song, and his backing vocals during the chorus are an integral part of the track) and "Treefingers" (his guitar chords were processed electronically to sound like ambient music). He also played the guitar solo on "Climbing Up The Walls", and plays lead guitar on the fan favourite b-side and live staple, "Talk Show Host". The Bends, released on 13 March 1995 in the United Kingdom and on 4 April 1995 in the United States, is the second album by the English rock band Radiohead. ... Street Spirit (Fade Out) (commonly called Street Spirit) is a single by Radiohead, released in 1996, from their 1995 album The Bends. ... OK Computer track listing Let Down (5) Karma Police (6) Fitter Happier (7) Karma Police was the second single from Radioheads acclaimed 1997 album OK Computer, and is perhaps Radioheads best known hit worldwide, apart from Creep. ... Lucky was a promotional single for Radiohead. ... Treefingers is the fifth track on the 2000 album Kid A by the band Radiohead. ... Climbing Up the Walls is a song from the 1997 Radiohead album OK Computer. ... Talk Show Host is a song written and performed by Radiohead. ...


Ed was originally invited into the band by Thom Yorke because of his resemblance to Morrissey. He is often considered the most photogenic rock star of the band, and the most gregarious with the public. However, promotional material has never shifted the emphasis on Yorke and Greenwood to him, and neither the band nor their labels have attempted to use Ed as a selling point. He is easily the tallest member of the band, at 6' 5" (no other band members exceed 6 feet tall). Ed has a girlfriend named Susan and a son, Salvador, who was born in January 2004 and daughter, who was born early 2006. Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is an English singer and songwriter from Davyhulme, near Manchester. ...


Ed is known to smoke marijuana recreationally, and is a supporter of the campaign for cannabis reclassification. Despite the "no-drugs-during-sessions"-policy of the band, Ed has said that he recorded songs during Pablo Honey and The Bends while stoned. In Meeting People Is Easy documentary, Ed was seen rolling a spliff. At the BRIT Awards in 2001, Ed talked openly about how he had used hallucinogenic mushrooms. Ed and Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood claimed they had been under the influence of mushrooms while attending the 2001 Grammy awards. A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ... Cannabis rescheduling, or cannabis reclassification, refers to efforts to transfer cannabis to a different category of controlled substances or remove it from control altogether. ... Pablo Honey is the first studio album by English rock band Radiohead, first released in early 1993. ... Cannabis, (also known as marijuana[1],pot, weed, or ganja[2] in its herbal form and hashish in its resinous form[3]) is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ... cover of original VHS release Meeting People Is Easy (1998) is a rockumentary by Grant Gee following British alternative rock band Radiohead on their exhaustive world tour following the success of their 1997 album OK Computer. ... A spliff. ... The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... Magic mushrooms are also known as sacred mushrooms, psychedelic mushrooms, and, more generally, hallucinogenic mushrooms. ... Colin Greenwood (born Colin Charles Greenwood, 26 June 1969, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England), also known as Coz, is a member of English rock band Radiohead. ...


Equipment

Guitars

Effects It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ... A Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard and three-tone sunburst finish. ... It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ... A Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard and three-tone sunburst finish. ... Mod revivalist band The Jams Bruce Foxton (left) on a Rickenbacker bass and Paul Weller on a Rickenbacker guitar Rickenbacker International Corporation, also known as Rickenbacker (IPA pronunciation: ) [1]), is an electric guitar manufacturer, notable for having invented the first electric guitar during the 1930s. ... // Gibson may refer to: Gibson Amphitheatre Gibson Appliance Gibson Girl Gibson Guitar Corporation Gibson cocktail Alexander Gibson (conductor) (1926–1995), Scottish composer and music director Alexander Gibson (industrialist) (1819–1913), Canadian industrialist Alfred Gibson (?–1874), Australian explorer Althea Gibson (1927–2003), African-American tennis player Bob Gibson (born 1935), American... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is a typically dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... Fernandes is a common surname in the Portuguese language, namely in Portugal and Brazil. ... // Gibson may refer to: Gibson Amphitheatre Gibson Appliance Gibson Girl Gibson Guitar Corporation Gibson cocktail Alexander Gibson (conductor) (1926–1995), Scottish composer and music director Alexander Gibson (industrialist) (1819–1913), Canadian industrialist Alfred Gibson (?–1874), Australian explorer Althea Gibson (1927–2003), African-American tennis player Bob Gibson (born 1935), American... Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915) is an American jazz guitarist and inventor. ...

These are pedals that have been identified over the years, Not all of these pedals may be used at one time. In 2006 a MIDI Controller possibly to rack Effects took the place of many Delays. // The Digitech Whammy is a pitch-shifter effects pedal manufactured by Digitech. ... Akai () was a Japanese consumer electronics producer founded in 1929. ... The Line 6 logo. ... A typical compact effects pedal. ... A typical compact effects pedal. ... The Electro-Harmonix logo Electro-Harmonix is a company that makes electronic sound processors based in New York. ... The Electro-Harmonix logo Electro-Harmonix is a company that makes electronic sound processors based in New York. ... A typical compact effects pedal. ... A typical compact effects pedal. ... A typical compact effects pedal. ... MXR was a popular electric guitar effects manufacturer based in Rochester New York, started in 1972 by Keith Barr and Terry Sherwood. ... Lovetone is a line of analog audio effects created by Vlad Naslas and Daniel Coggins in England in the 1990s, perhaps best known for their tongue-in-cheek names for their effects boxes, like the Big Cheese and the Ring Stinger. Producing what they called semi-legendary super-psychedelic... Lovetone is a line of analog audio effects created by Vlad Naslas and Daniel Coggins in England in the 1990s, perhaps best known for their tongue-in-cheek names for their effects boxes, like the Big Cheese and the Ring Stinger. Producing what they called semi-legendary super-psychedelic... MXR was a popular electric guitar effects manufacturer based in Rochester New York, started in 1972 by Keith Barr and Terry Sherwood. ... A typical compact effects pedal. ... People whose family name is or was Dunlop include James Dunlop (1793-1848), Scottish-Australian astronomer John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish inventor and founder of the Dunlop rubber company John Thomas Dunlop, United States administrator Sir Edward Weary Dunlop, Australian war hero Douglas Morton Dunlop, Scottish-American professor of history and... Cry-Baby is a musical from 1990 directed by John Waters. ... A typical compact effects pedal. ... People whose family name is or was Dunlop include James Dunlop (1793-1848), Scottish-Australian astronomer John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish inventor and founder of the Dunlop rubber company John Thomas Dunlop, United States administrator Sir Edward Weary Dunlop, Australian war hero Douglas Morton Dunlop, Scottish-American professor of history and... The Mesa Boogie Logo Mesa/Boogie (also known as Mesa Engineering) is a company in Petaluma, California that makes amplifiers for guitars and basses. ... A typical compact effects pedal. ... It has been suggested that Orlando (character) be merged into this article or section. ...


Amplifiers

  • VOX AC30 (2) (used for clean tones) most Modulation/Delay Pedals are used on this.
  • Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verb (2) (used for the distorted tones)

Vox is the Latin word for voice. ... The Vox AC30 is one of the most famous guitar amplifiers of the 1960s. ... The Mesa Boogie Logo Mesa/Boogie (also known as Mesa Engineering) is a company in Petaluma, California that makes amplifiers for guitars and basses. ...

Work outside of Radiohead

Ed made contributions to a soundtrack project for the BBC drama series Eureka Street before recording Kid A. During sessions of Kid A and Amnesiac, Ed kept his fans up to date with an open diary posted on the band's website, providing the most in depth look at how those experimental albums were recorded. His most recent collaboration outside of Radiohead involved some guitar work on album of Asian Dub Foundation. He played on "1000 Mirrors" (with Sinéad O'Connor), "Blowback" and "Enemy of the enemy". He also played live with Neil Finn and various others in Seven Worlds Collide. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Kid A is the fourth album by the English rock band Radiohead, released in 2000. ... Amnesiac is the fifth studio album by the English band Radiohead. ... Asian Dub Foundation is a British alternative electronica band, that play a mix of breakbeat, dub, dancehall and ragga, also using rock instruments, acknowledging a punk influence. ... Sinéad Marie Bernadette OConnor (born December 8, 1966) is a Grammy Award winning Irish singer and songwriter. ... Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealands foremost musicians. ...


External links

  • StringsReunited.com : Includes a regular blog by Plank, Radiohead technician, giving technical information.
  • EdQuarters. : Unofficial fansite including pictures and a message board.

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