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Athens GA native Killick Erik Hinds performs on an 18-string electroacoustic guitar known as the H'arpeggione, performing his "Applachian Trance Metal" music in a diverse and dynamic exposition of the instrument and performer's potential.

The Amplifucker

Killick: The Amplifucker (Solponticello Records)
Label: Solponticello Records    
Released in: USA    

"The Amplifucker is 18 further explorations in my Appalachian Trance Metal songbook. The goal for this project was to capture the interior and exterior life of my 18-stringed acoustic instrument called the H'arpeggione, a.k.a. the Devil Cello. I went for maximum transparency across an extremely wide dynamic range, from whisper quiet to all-out. It was all recorded live, first takes, with no edits or overdubs.

The H'arpeggione is naturally soft-spoken, and after years of trial and error, engineer Tom Lewis and I arrived at our recording solution: four microphones, a contact mic, a pickup, two amplifiers, and then the whole lot was run through a p.a. speaker and that too was recorded. All the signals were then blended in the mix. Some moments are the most intense sounds of acoustic musical instrument origin I've ever heard, pushing the physical limits of (myself and) the H'arp.

The title The Amplifucker refers to the ambiguity between "acoustic" and "electric," as we're typically dealing with both in most musical presentations, despite any marketing concepts to the contrary. It's also a musing on post-electricity creativity, and I hope fun and sexy, something sometimes painfully absent in "serious" music. Song titles include: Beautifficult, Mouthbereaver, Symbol Grab, Not A Could In The Sky, and many other challenges to grammar and spell checkers everywhere..."-Killick

Killick has worked with artists including Susan Alcorn, Susie Allen, Jeremiah Cymerman, the Georgia Guitar Quartet, Vinny Golia, Frank Gratkowski, Mary Halvorson, Id M Theft Able, Peter Kowald, Tatsuya Nakatani, Larry Ochs, Gino Robair, the Shaking Ray Levis, LaDonna Smith, Sándor Szabó, Matthew Welch, Matt Weston, Jack Wright and Zepubicle, &c..

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Product Information:

UPC: 700261250977

Label: Solponticello Records
Catalog ID: SP-024
Squidco Product Code: 16717

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on March 9th, 2008 at John Keane Studios in Athens, GA by Tom Lewis.


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Track Listing:

1. Destroy Erase Improv 3:21

2. Beautifficult 3:07

3. Immense Truth Ration 2:41

4. Accept We Have Three Fingers, And Were Green. 2:57

5. Her Dog Was Grr At Me 1:53

6. Together We Make A Deference 2:41

7. The Fighting's So Vicious 'Cause The Steaks Are So Delicious 2:38

8. Heidy Banegas! 0:52

9. Ungoing 1:23

10. Symbol Grab 2:20

11. We're Ready For The Real Farfisa 0:56

12. Ten Gallon Hate 1:54

13. Not A Could In The Sky 0:25

14. Hellmonk 3:10

15. Tableau To The Ego 2:25

16. Mouthbereaver 4:08

17. Stereo Diabolical Hems 2:57

18. Mono Maniacal Haws 2:35