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GO [Guitar Obsession]
GO (1984-2006), 8m45s [excerpt]
Track 1 from GO [Guitar Obsession]
CD: Ambiances Magnétiques (2006) AM 156

In the Press…

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.

Track Listing

    • 1
      GO (Brady) (1984-2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      8m47s
    • 2
      Yellow, Add Green (Brady) (1984-2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      6m18s
    • 3
      As Softly Sounds (Brady) (1984-2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m08s
    • 4
      24 Frames: Switch (Brady) (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      11m20s
      • 4
        Seconds
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        1m57s
      • 5
        Liquid
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        2m44s
      • 6
        Leaps
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        2m36s
      • 7
        Singularity
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        1m48s
      • 8
        Melismatic
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        2m21s
    • 9
      Le Chant des baleines (Laporte) (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      11m04s
    • 10
      Unplugged (Burton) (2002)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      10m48s
    • 11
      Vampyr! (Murail) (1986)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m30s
    • 12
      Bobby J (Crane) (1999)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      8m24s
Total duration: 65m54s