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This compilation celebrates the electric guitar and its creative use with a collection of varied tracks that provide a small snapshot of what some artists and composers have been doing in 2010-2012.

Despite only eighty odd years of use (and even less as a widespread instrument), the electric guitar has been a major force of musical invention, forging new genres of music and new sonic territories to explore. Musicians today have a rich history to draw upon: Les Paul and other early masters, the various and celebrated icons of blues, rock, jazz and fusion; and several decades of guitarists extending their instruments through preparation and modification, processing, new playing techniques, and different tuning systems.

The music on this album is informed by the aesthetic, timbral, compositional and conceptual innovations of Derek Bailey, Adrian Belew, Glenn Branca, Robert Fripp, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Rowe, and Elliott Sharp, to name but a few. Yet there are always more things to say, more avenues to explore, and more artists popping up to advance down these paths.

"An excellent collection... What is striking is that most contributions are very accessible and experimental at the same time. At the same time it is a very diverse collection of contributions: ambient textures, looped sounds, free improvisation, noise, rock, world music, etc. This fine collection illustrates that the instrument Les Paul invented some 70 years ago, is still inspiring musicians to renew and extend possibilities in order to create interesting music. " - Vital Weekly

"The central theme on this set is guitar, but this is no noodling kind of guitar hero sort of compilation. It’s more weird, atmospheric music..."
- Music Street Journal
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released April 17, 2012


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