Bruce Arnold / Tom Hamilton – DISKLAIMER

Muse-Eek

This strange mix of vintage electric guitar timbres, computer and electronics has its moments, even if it sometimes sounds like a kid’s first bedroom guitar-to-MIDI experiments (no disrespect intended – good things often come from bedrooms). Bruce Arnold sends his instrument through a network of processors, pedals, SuperCollider software and 1957 Fender amps (for that “old school” vibe), while Hamilton’s atonal flights on the Kurzweil synth (via G4) ensure there are many moments where it’s difficult to make out who’s playing what, as everything circles round an ever changing confusion of shooting stars and dissonant alien entities confronted by a jazz-rock guitarist launched into a distant galaxy by mistake. Space creatures look on curiously, but they must have a hard time understanding those power chords and post-bop fingerings.

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