While playing the chords, we bent the tremolo arm, much like how My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields does when playing. Using the tremolo arm in this way blends the two delays and the tape saturation’s lights fuzz into amorphous sound.
2. Make synths sound like shoegaze guitars
An important lesson in being inspired by shoegaze is this: don’t limit yourself to guitars. Get creative. Use synthesizers, other instruments, and even samples to create shoegaze textures.
As above, effects like delay, distortion and reverb do wonders for creating shoegaze textures, and the same holds true when these are applied to synthesizers. A synthesizer’s LFOs can even simulate effects like tremolo and vibrato, which is good to keep in mind when designing your sound.
In this clip below, two ambient notes, sampled from a Korg Minilogue analogue synthesizer, are played on an Elektron Digitakt with some white noise and reverb. It’s already somewhat shoegaze-like, but not noisy enough. By adding some DDLY and Trash 2 effects, we’re really able to create a more blistering wash of sound.