Released 2nd July worldwide on Little Room Recordings, available from iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon and all good Digital Music Download Stores. CD released 6th July and on sale for worldwide delivery from the Little Room store at www.littleroom.com
About The Project
This recording began its journey on a winter’s day in the USA during the week of Thanksgiving, November 2017. It started life as improvisations built around simple themes, all played on my adapted Gretsch GA6120 which features an acoustic bridge and Midi output, driving a Roland GR30 guitar synth as well as the traditional electric guitar output which runs through my FX board to the amps.
The combination of the different guitar effects and functions, the addition of synth settings and the acoustic bridge tonality give a vast sonic landscape with which to explore new ideas. It greatly inspires the composition process. Great fun, and can be very noisy! A vintage TR808 is another addition to the recording, lending its instantly recognisable sounds to the project.
The title of the album was inspired whilst waiting at traffic lights, watching skateboarders adapting their skills within the open basement of a rather ugly, brutal architectural heap – a structure somewhat like the residential buildings that so often divide rather than create community, causing more problems than they were originally intended to solve. The noisy youthful creativity was both amusing and thought provoking. It set me thinking about purpose. How we adapt to environment, how environment can shape outcome and habit, and the unintended consequences experienced in so many areas of life. Nowhere in modern life is this more prevalent than in the arena of information technology, with its original intentions for good so often being subverted and misused.
So many architectural forms, ideas, structures and technologies have had their original design purposes usurped. An obvious train of thought perhaps, which inspired a little thankfulness for the good things that unintentionally come our way from time to time.
Equipment used on this recording: Gretsch GA6120 modified guitar, Vox AC15C, vintage Fender Deluxe Reverb, Korg GR30 guitar synth, Martin OM28 (Track 5) ESP Bass, Roland TR808. My FX board features Strymon, PogII, Electro-Harmonix, MXR, Ibanez, Fulltone, Voodoo Lab, Line 6DL4 with Keeley mod, Tech 21, Boss and EchoPlex technology.