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Re: Looper's Essential Listening revisited:
I'll put in a vote for Michael Brook's 1985 album "Hybrid", recorded with
Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois. As Kim notes, "Cobalt Blue" & "Live at the
Aquarium" date from 1992. From the 80s, there's also the Captive
soundtrack (with U2's The Edge & a guest appearance from Sinead O'Connor).
He's also on Eno's "On Land" and some of Jon Hassell's albums of the early
I finally managed to find an old "Sound on Sound" interview, by Mark
Prendergast, with Michael Brook from June 1990, where he describes his
working methods as well as discussing the music that would become "Cobalt
Blue". Some choice quotes :
(Discussing the recording of "Hybrid" in 1985) :
"Well I remember using the Electro Harmonix 16 second digital delay, which
was pretty radical for that time. You could have 16 seconds of delay and
play whole phrases on top of each other."
(Discussing his current (1990) equipment) :
"This Bel digital delay line I use live a lot. It produces 13 second loops
in sync with MIDI, so it's like having a rhythm guitarist who can play for
13 seconds - that's very important for my live work."
(Discussing the "Infinite Guitar") :
"It's an ordinary guitar that's been modified with added electronic
components which I built for it ... With the infinite guitar I can play
longer phrases with a much gentler sound ... If you put a drone on this
you get an infinitely ringing note, as long as you hold down the string
... So in reality, what this does is simulate a loud amplifier - it's just
like having a 200 watt Marshall stack. Then I had the neck scalloped, so I
could bend the notes like on a sitar. These pedals here are also part of
the infinite: this is fuzz and these two here are two large volume pedals.
These are echo volume pedals that I use live, so that I can have the
guitar repeating and keep the volume just so."
Hope that lot was of interest. I doubt that this interview will be on
Sound on Sound's web site, as that seems to be mostly from 1994 onwards.
There may be an interview with him from about the time he recorded "Night
Song" with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and "Dream" with U Srinivas (about
Kim Flint <email@example.com> wrote [ requesting info about
Michael Brook, snipped. ]
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