Live in Glasgow

by John Maxwell Hobbs

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Recorded live at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Scotland, these performances are extended duration ambient solo guitar pieces. They are very simple, each in an open tuning, and all of them played into a huge reverb. The combination of the overtones created by the open, ringing strings and the dense acoustics of the massive chamber creates surprising spectral effects - the sounds of distant voices, flutes, and other instruments seem to materialise like a hallucination or something half-remembered from a dream.

This four-hour long performance is based on the pieces originally released on the album, "Music Chamber."

There are a range of other influences that come into play in these tracks as well. The tunings are pretty much standard blues open tunings and the fact that there are no chord changes comes directly from musicians like John Lee Hooker and James Brown.

Other influences on the piece were the solo piano improvisations of Keith Jarrett, and the works of Charlemagne Palestine, Rhys Chatham, Alvin Lucier, Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Glen Branca, and many others.

And for the guitarists:

Part 1 is in open D on a Stratocaster.
Part 2 is in open E on a Yamaha acoustic, using Spider capos.
Part 3 is in open A on a Les Paul Custom.
Part 4 is in standard tuning on a Les Paul Ultra III


released December 14, 2014

Thanks to Francis McKee for the booking, all the staff at CCA Glasgow for the support and wonderful job on the show, and in particular to Lauren Dyer Amazeen for advice, patience, support and the wonderful cover photo.


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Cinema Volta Glasgow, UK

Cinema Volta consists of Glasgow-based musician John Maxwell Hobbs, a stack of electronic equipment, musical instruments in various states of disrepair and occasional collaborators.

For much of the ’90s he was the Producing Director of The Kitchen in New York where he produced the work of Philip Glass, DJ Spooky, David Hykes and many others.
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