Imaginary Guitars

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Despite its enormous success in genres of popular music such as rock and jazz, the electric guitar remains an underutilized instrument in contemporary classical music, and, more specifically, in classically-influenced electronic pieces. Aiming to rectify this unfortunate circumstance, Canadian guitarist and composer Tim Brady has given music lovers the extraordinary Imaginary Guitars. The pieces tend to be on the dense side, with the title track, for example, having 23 separate guitar tracks. But with titles such as "Symphony in Two Parts," Brady is clearly going for a massive, almost orchestral, sound. What is remarkable is that he succeeds. Guitars and electronically ...
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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Despite its enormous success in genres of popular music such as rock and jazz, the electric guitar remains an underutilized instrument in contemporary classical music, and, more specifically, in classically-influenced electronic pieces. Aiming to rectify this unfortunate circumstance, Canadian guitarist and composer Tim Brady has given music lovers the extraordinary Imaginary Guitars. The pieces tend to be on the dense side, with the title track, for example, having 23 separate guitar tracks. But with titles such as "Symphony in Two Parts," Brady is clearly going for a massive, almost orchestral, sound. What is remarkable is that he succeeds. Guitars and electronically manipulated almost-guitars emerge from digital silence, explode with controlled fury, and subside below swelling chords and precisely picked melodies. Even the relatively sparse moments, such as the live performance piece "Time Lapse Exposure," are filled with potential energy, albeit more like a madman waiting in his asylum cell than a bomb waiting to explode. What strikes the listener more than anything else upon listening to Imaginary Guitars is how utterly original this music sounds. Sure, there are audible antecedents; some of Adrian Belew's solo work comes from the same place, and there are even traces of Frank Zappa and Steve Vai at times, but overall this sounds like nothing else on earth. For guitarists searching for new horizons and new textures, one would be hard pressed to find something more startlingly imaginative than this record. Highly, highly, recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/1995
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944844029
  • Catalog Number: 8440

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Tim Brady Primary Artist
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Tim Brady Producer, Engineer
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