France October 17 2022
After a long development process of over 4 years, Dr. No proudly presents the final part of Sorciere, the DYBBUK LEGBA VIBE.
Dybbuk “Legba Vibe” by Dr. No Effects
These last four years at the Dr.No laboratory were dominated by the Occult, Sorcery and Myths, three themes from which Dr.No drew the inspiration to develop his SORCIÈRE project.
A plan emerged, to create a triptych of sorts, consisting of three effects, based, both conceptually and tone-wise, on the topics mentioned above.
Dr.No’s approach usually tends to turn into obsession, and in this particular case, the obsession became even deeper and more extensive than before. As with every new project, Dr.No will transform his surroundings as well as himself, in order to delve into, and get into every fiber of the subject matter, thus reaching the best and most thought-through concept possible.
In 2019, the first part of the SORCIÈRE trilogy emerged: the NECROFUZZICON, a lethal FUZZ, shaped like a book, inspired by the NECRONOMICON, or Book of the Dead.
Soon after that, and in cooperation with friend and fellow magician Alain Johannes, the DJINN was released. Enriching boost and tone of every instrument it comes in touch with, and bringing out unknown tonal qualities, that up until then, had remained undetectable.
Now, as the third and final part of SORCIÈRE, the DYBBUK will present itself to the world. As it turned out, the biggest and most complex part of SORCIÈRE.
The story of the DYBBUK.
Most interesting to Dr.No with the DYBBUK project, was the occult element. The realm of the occult, where everything is upside down, and hidden meanings don’t always present themselves. ‘Occult’ knowledge, of course meaning ‘hidden’ knowledge; not to be detected by the untrained eye or ear.
As always, and as with each and every new endeavour, Dr.No aims to push things even further than with the previous one, making it better and smarter, ensuring the best possible result.
So much reading had to be done, so many things to be understood, connected and integrated, it seemed like an almost impossible task. And that only covered the conceptual part of the DYBBUK process. Simultaneously, of course, the development of that what was to be the main focus in the end, the circuit of the LEGBA-VIBE took place.
At times Dr.No almost lost his way in the vast complexity of the project at hand, which took four years to complete, and saw more mistakes made than good things started. Yet he never gave up, and the Dr.’s crazy dedication even led him to relocate to the french countryside, and turn a 1662 building, with ‘vibe’ in abundance, into his home and workplace. And once installed there, he let the atmosphere and focus take over, and swallow him whole. What an adventure!
DYBBUK, “possessed by an evil spirit”.
The literal meaning and definition of the word ‘DYBBUK’, or ‘DIVOC’, is an evil, possessive spirit, believed to be the disrupted soul of a dead person. It would leave it’s host’s body or object once it completed it’s mission, or when expelled from a possessed person’s body, only to find another unwilling host. After all, for this spirit, there’s no place in Heaven or Hell.
DYBBUk first appeared in written text during the 16th century, originating from Jewish folklore, and myths dating back even longer.
Other forms of taking possession of a person’s body exist in Jewish mythology and folklore. Contrary to the DYBBUK, the IBBUR (meaning “fertilization”) is a positive possession, which occurs when a righteous soul temporarily possesses a person’s body. This always happens with consent, so that the soul can perform a ‘MITZVAH” (a commandment ordered by God, to be performed as a religious duty, of which there are 613). You will find the “MITZVAH” knob on the right side of the DYBBUK, which features a human Radius hand bone, to control the “MITZVAH” (intensity of the lightbulb).
The “GILGUL” knob on the left side of the Dr. No Effects DYBBUK, (which also has a knob made of a bone of a human hand, but with the anatomical name “Ulna”, controlling the speed of the pulsing lightbulb), signifies a concept of reincarnation, in the kabbalistic esoteric mysticism. In Hebrew the word GILGUL means “cycle” or “wheel”. Souls are seen to move through lifetimes or incarnations, attached to various human bodies over time. Which body they interact with, depends on their specific task in the physical world. GILGUL’s esoteric statements were articulated by 16th century Jewish mysticism, as part of the metaphysical purpose of creation.
The Effect that the DYBBUK has taken possession of, is the “Legba Vibe”, developed by Dr.No, and named after Papa Legba. Papa Legba is the key figure at the crossroads of your life, when selling your soul to the devil. This transaction is said to bring you many advantages, but you must pay with your soul. The physical ritual and hallmark of Papa Legba is presented and depicted on the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) inside the DUBBUK.
The effect, although often associated with Chorus or Phaser, is in fact created by a staggered series of phasing filters, an optical circuitry that uses LDRs (Light Dependent Resistors), and an incandescent lamp in a light screen, as opposed to the usually aligned filters of a normal phasing effect.
The Vibra-Chorus (later called Uni-Vibe) was known for its throbbing, hypnotic pulse, and atmospheric tone. It is widely believed that the Vibra-Chorus was intended to mimic the “Doppler sound” of a Leslie speaker, in order to generate an atmospheric effect. The strongly present and authentic Vibro-Chorus effect can be heard in recordings of artists such as Robin Trower (“Bridge of Sighs”), Jimi Hendrix (“Machine Gun”) and Pink Floyd (“Breathe”).
As you may probably know, Dr. No is focussing on analog effects exclusively . The DYBBUK is no exception to that rule, and as always, and without making any concessions, completely handcrafted. There are many cheap and often digital vibes around out there these days, but nothing beats the real deal! And this ‘real deal’ can only be accomplished by using the exact right components and parts, which these days prove to be more and more difficult to come by, unfortunately. So, a huge amount of Dr.No’s blood, sweat, and tears went into finding and acquiring just the right materials!
Fun fact: In psychological literature, the DYBBUK has been described as a hysterical syndrome. There remains no doubt, that during the four years of DYBBUK’s creation, Dr.No must have been suffering from the condition by the very same name.
So now, finally, the time has come for this brand new Dr.No Effects creation to be released onto its audience! Get possessed by DYBBUK!
DYBBUK “Legba Vibe”
Consists of original parts that are essential to making an authentic Vibro-Chorus. Only the authentic Vibro-Chorus effects have a real filament light bulb and LDRs (Light Dependent Resistor), as does the DYBBUK “Legba Vibe”.
The DYBBUK operates on 9v and requires a minimum safe working current draw amperage of 50/100mA for optimal operation. The power supply input is a standard 2.1mm with a negative tip and a positive sleeve. As always, we recommend using an isolated balanced power supply. The dimensions of the DYBBUK are LxWXH 20cmx13cmx10cm or 7,87×5,12×3,49inch
-GILGUL controls the strength of the DYBBUK “Legba Vibe” light, and thus the intensity or presence of the DYBBUK.
-MITZVAH controls the speed of the lamp.
DYBBUK is, as usual, completely handcrafted, component after component, and one by one, by Dr.No. Concept and elaboration by Dr.No at Dr.No Effects.
The DYBBUK will be built by hand, in a limited edition of 250 pieces, that will be made available and released in a series of 50 at a time. The DYBBUK comes accompanied by a beautifully designed box which is hand silkscreened, an old cotton storage pouch, and the handmade DYBBUK “Legba-Vibe”. All DYBBUK “Legba Vibe’s” are handsigned and numbered by Dr.No, and marked by DYBBUK.
Reservations for availability on the webshop cannot be made, yet they are available for in-advance purchase, to make sure you will receive one if a pre-sale is offered at this labshop. First series is signed and numbered 01 to 50/250, and is available for pre-sale and will ship on……. The price you have to pay for the DYBBUK includes the advantages of selling your soul to the Devil and worldwide shipping.
For terms and conditions and warranty, please read the “Terms and Conditions”.
The Djinn by Dr. No and Alain Johannes.
Sorcière part deux.
(Pre-sale first 50 handmade copies ship out November 5th 2021)
“Gustatus Similis Pullus”
The Djinn by Dr. No and Alain Johannes, Sorcière part deux.
After the appearance of the first effect, the Necrofuzzicon, from the trilogy series called Sorcière by Dr. No, The Djinn now appears, after a long intensive collaboration with Alain Johannes.
The Djinn is the second effect in the trilogy project named Sorcière, Dr. No has been working on for almost 4 years now.
Last year Dr. No was asked by Alain Johannes to build a circuit to build in a new bass guitar, handmade by the Tuscan Luthier Tom Pugi with his company called T.P. Customs stationed in London. The first and only version of the Djinn by Dr. No recently, was only and exclusively present in a build of Alain Johannes’ Bass Guitar, by Tom Pugi of T.P. Customs London. From here, Alain and Dr. No decided to also release the Djinn in a guitar effect model and make it available to a wider audience.
(Photo by Tom Bronowski at www.tombronowski.com)
The assignment was somewhat abstract, but because Alain Johannes has become a good friend of Dr. No, few words were needed to envision and realize what he asked.
Still, it took some time because the question was based on a simple circuit from Dr. No’s previous Laboratory prototypes, but Dr. No wanted to take this prototype to the next level. Because without that extra mile, it wouldn’t deserve a place in the current Dr. No Effects Collection and certainly wouldn’t be worthy for tone connaisseur and wizard musician Alain Johannes. So the journey started.
“Like a Genie from the bottle”, the Djinn finally appeared.
The name Djinn was formed because this has become a very special circuit; in part on purpose but also accidentally, the Djinn brought much more than intended.
The Occult design and function of the Djinn.
Alain Johannes Spirit Animals the Owl and Turtle integrated into the Djinn.
-The owl is the sacred symbol of wisdom, for the owl was the constant companion of Athena, goddess of wisdom. The owl sees what others do not and is therefore seen as wise in the occult.
-The Turtle. A magnificent gift from Turtle meaning is longevity. Turtles live a very long and fruitful life, and teaches great spiritual significance of taking the very best care of self and having a long life filled with splendid journeys having learned many valuable life lessons. Both Owl and Turtle elements present are literally and figuratively highlighted in the Djinn. Both elements on the Djinn glow in the dark.
-The Djinn. Djinn possess supernatural powers and can be conjured in magical rites to perform various tasks and services. A Djinn appears as a wish-granting “genius” in many Arabic folktales.
-The bone, horn element of the Djinn, surrounding the foot switch, lights up when summoning and activating the Djinn.
-Dried Chicken Foot. Dried Chicken Feet are used in the practice of Hoodoo, as well as other magical traditions, for protection and for enemy work. The feet are believed to be powerful protection against evil doers and are believed to work by magically “scratching” one’s enemy.
Is it a booster? Is it a fuzz? No, it’s the Djinn.
The Djinn is best described as an effect that brings out properties from each and every instrument that comes into contact with the Djinn. Hidden treasures surface, tone becomes much clearer, instruments become more dynamic, and formerly unknown features are brought out of your guitar, amp or other effects that the Djinn dominates.
Unfortunately, we have to report that the Djinn is a promised indispensable effect in every loop of instruments and you will probably never want to put this genie back in his bottle.
The Djinn works both at the beginning of your effects chain and at the end of it. The Djinn does not colour the character of your signal, it does however accentuate and bring out the properties of your instruments and effects. At a higher gain setting, the Djinn generates an extremely pleasant natural clipping, but does not color the natural signal.
The second part of Sorcière, the Djinn, is a must have for expanding and discovering your playing and instruments more, which will certainly add lots of voodoo to your sound.
The Djinn by Dr. No and Alain Johannes will be limited and exclusively available in the series of Sorcière at www.DrNo-Effects.com. The Djinns are fully handcrafted by Dr. No, one by one, and will be numbered and signed………in blood.
The red ink used on the Djinn has committed a blood ritual. Mixed into the red ink, is blood that Alain Johannes has donated for the blood ritual, which makes this limited Djinn in collaboration with Alain Johannes a true signature in blood.
The Djinn uses 9v regular powersupply, and has a built in noise filter.
If you don’t want to miss out on the first release, subscribe to the newsletter at www.DrNo-Effects.com. The limited edition of the Djinn will be built by hand, in very small series each time. In total only 350 will be handmade.
The next Sorcière project is called the “DIVOCAI” (Possessed by an Evil Spirit). Still work in progress. Subscribe to the newsletter to get updates on Sorcière’s Necrofuzzicon, Djinn and DIVOCAI, to collect them all, as well as other Dr. No Effects, news, and available Dr. No Effects handcrafted work.
-Design, technical, aesthetics and story concept, technical design, fully handcrafted, hand silkscreened, hand assembly, packaging and distribution by Dr. No at Dr. No Effects.
-Collaboration with Alain Johannes
DJINN is inclusive free worldwide shipping.