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Old 05-30-2013, 06:47 PM   #91 (permalink)
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There indeed haven't been that many people who've focused on experimental guitar sounds that I've come across and I've listened to a ton of music. I really love it though and compiled a little list of 200 artists to check out at my lastfm group "experimental guitar and noise guitar".
My personal favorites are Agata (from Melt-Banana, has a solo album too), Igor Ogogo, & Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. If you really want to hear the craziest, most extreme avant-garde guitar sounds, then you won't be disappointed with God Generator's discography.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:04 PM   #92 (permalink)
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Everything from Gypsy Jazz, open tuned Indian Raga acid fests, to noise freakouts. He does it all. I've seen glimpses of his more technical side, but he rarely ever shows it.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:27 AM   #93 (permalink)
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John Fahey is considered avant-garde, right? Fahey is my favorite guitarist in general, so if so it is definitely him. Not that I have enough knowledge of avant-garde guitarists to have an informed opinion, but that won't stop me.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:18 AM   #94 (permalink)
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Will Swan from Dance Gavin Dance.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:46 PM   #97 (permalink)
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The guy behind kulmy blaqwud plays all these far out chords and atonal melodies and several different instruments, it's pretty impressive when you get behind the theory of what he's playing. Blew my mind.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:07 AM   #98 (permalink)
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Ichirou Agata for sure
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Old 01-27-2019, 03:36 AM   #99 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by OccultHawk View Post
A name that maybe hasn't come up yet is Loren Mazzacane Connors.
I saw him in concert with another guitarist in New Haven, CT a long time ago. It was interesting. He has had a long career and explored lots of different styles. He has also used lots of aliases.

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Talking about Miles (the famous one) got me thinking about Sonny Sharrock.
Sharrock was wonderful. His cd with Nicky Skopelitis, Faith Moves, is absolutely fantastic as is Ask the Ages. Love his Last Exit music also. I would play Last Exit really loudly when my hippie roommates in college were cranking their Dead bootlegs too loud. It was usually effective.

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Can`t believe there were 57 posts to this thread before Robert Fripp got a mention! He`s responsible for some really ground-breaking guitar work, and his first collaboration album with Eno, No Pussyfooting, is a masterpiece. Ironically, after that album, there was perhaps too much pussyfooting, as he adopted a more minimal/ambient style.

And how about Adrian Belew ? His solo albums, like Desire Caught By The Tail, are pretty avant-garde as far as I know, though I`ve never taken the plunge and bought one as his style seems to jump around a lot from album to album. If anyone has a recommendation, it`d be welcome !
I was just listening to Desire in the car yesterday. I think that may be my favorite of Belew's solo work. Love both Adrian and Robert. Both did wonderful things with each other in KC and with Bowie. I especially love how both can add "outness" to pop and still kind of fit in. Fripp's lines in Bowie's It's No Game are outstanding in this regard.

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Definitely. Their drummer, Jaki Liebezeit, is also amazing.
Love Jaki...RIP.

Some players I did not see mentioned that are worth mentioning are Eivind Aarsett, Ben Monder, and Leo Abrahams.

Eivend Aarset has worked a lot with trumpeters Nils Petter Molvaer, Jon Hasell, and Arve Henriksen. He is very atmospheric and cinematic. Petter's Khmer cd is a great place to check out his playing although his solo cd on E.C.M. is also really great.

Ben Monder has done a lot of work with vocalist Theo Bleckman. He writes very dense music that can almost be considered modern classical even though he plays electric guitar. He was on Bowie's last cd before he passed. Ben's legato soloing and right hand fingerpicking are truly astounding. "Hatchet Face" off Excavation is something to check out to really get a good sample of what his music is about.

Leo has done a lot work with Brian Eno. His playing, like Eivind Aarset, is very cinematic and not guitaristic sounding. His solo instrumental music is calm and beautiful without being boring. Great to listen to after a hard day at the job.
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