Twelve pieces for guitar performed by Tim Brady, including three updated versions of previous pieces, new compositions by Brady, and four pieces composed by other artists.
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Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 156
Squidco Product Code: 7065
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Tim Brady-electric guitar, electronic devices
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1. GO (Brady) (1984-2006) 8:47
2. Yellow, Add Green (Brady) (1984-2006) 6:18
3. As Softly Sounds (Brady) (1984-2006) 3:08
Frame 22: Switch (Brady) (2006)
4. Seconds 1:57
5. Liquid 2:44
6. Leaps 2:36
7. Singularity 1:48
8. Melismatic 2:21
9. Le Chant des baleines (Laporte) (2002) 11:04
10. Unplugged (Burton) (2002) 10:48
11. Vampyr! (Murail) (1986) 5:30
12. Bobby J (Crane) (1999) 8:24
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"While Brady's three previous Ambiances Magnétiques releases were all focused more on his work as a composer, GO [Guitar Obsession] brings the guitar back to centre stage, making it clear why Guitar Player Magazine has named the Montréal-based composer and musician "one of the 30 most important guitarists for the future of the instrument".
The goal of the CD was to create a recording focused primarily on Brady's guitar playing and composing, rather than on complex studio technology. Overdubbing, looping and computer processing were part of the production process, but they always take a back seat to the sound and texture of a solo guitar performance.
The first three pieces on the CD are updated versions of pieces which Brady composed over 20 years ago. GO [Guitar Obsession] is a fast, jazz-tinged loop piece; Yellow, Add Green is a deconstructed blues with overdubs and While Softly Sounds is a beautiful solo guitar ballad. Frame 22: Switch is a new work, for guitar and live electronics, moving from rock-tinged clusters to abstract electronics to a haunting, melismatic melody.
The work of four other composers is also an important part of this recording, underscoring Brady's strong commitment to developing his vision of the electric guitar as a solo instrument in collaboration with other artists. Le Chants des baleines by Jean-François Laporte and unplugged by Alexander Burton where both commissioned by Brady, while Vampyr!, by French Tristan Murail, is a work dating from 1986. The CD ends with the quiet, reflective work Bobby J, by British composer Laurence Crane."-Ambiances Magnetiques