Live from Broompark

by Cinema Volta

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This is a live version of the pieces from the album, "Music Chamber," recorded in Glasgow on the 23rd of November 2013.

Music Chamber is a collection of ambient solo guitar pieces, each with the title, “And Flights of Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest.”

The pieces are improvisational in nature, and can vary significantly from performance to performance. The live recordings from the night in Broompark make a very nice contrast to the original versions.

They are very simple pieces, 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.

The last of the three pieces was the first written, and was responsible for the title of all three. I was asked to perform in a memorial concert for my old friend, the musician David Gamper, at Roulette in NYC in 2012. It took me a long time to write the piece – it was important for me to create something that expressed both my sadness at his passing and what an incredible influence he had been on me, both musically and personally.
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 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 my Stratocaster.
Part 2 is in open E on my Yamaha acoustic, also using the Spider capos.
Part 3 is a modification of standard tuning, to open an A chord on my Les Paul.

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released November 24, 2013

John Maxwell Hobbs, guitars and electronics.

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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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