Unstringed Guitar & Cymbals – What is the sound of a guitar with no strings? How can it sound? Argentine sound-artist Alan Courtis offers a possible answer for this question on “Unstringed Guitar & Cymbals”. The work explores the sounding possibilities of this singular no-instrument, reaching contemplative soundscapes with intense feedback textures, dense noise layers but also subtle ambiences. This project was first released on CD by US label Blossoming Noise and this short piece is a condensed version of that singular soundwork.
Alan Courtis was born in 1972 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a founder member of Reynols. He has more than 200 solo releases and collaborations on labels like: P.S.F., Blossoming Noise , No-Fi, Antifrost, RRR, Tonschacht, 267Lattajjaa, Quasipop, Riot Season, Kning Disk, Beta-Lactam, Prele, Matching Head, 8MM, Public Eyesore, Herbal, Smittekilde, Sedimental, Slottet, Alt.Vinyl, Pogus, Mikroton, MIE, etc. He has toured extensively in Japan, Europe, USA, Australia, NZ & Latin America and has collaborated with musicians like: Pauline Oliveros, Lee Ranaldo, Nihilist Spasm Band, Jim O’Rourke, Yoshimi, Damo Suzuki, Makoto Kawabata, Eddie Prevost, Otomo Yoshihide, KK Null, Mats Gustafsson, Rick Bishop,Tabata,Toshimaru Nakamura, members of L.A.F.M.S., Thomas Dimuzio, Rudolf Eb.Er, Kouhei, Seiichi Yamamoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Lasse Marhaug, Ashtray Navigations, Rapoon, Uton, Birchville Cat Motel, The New Blockaders, Kaffe Mathews, Jaap Blonk, Jazkamer, C.Spencer Yeh, Okyung Lee, Avarus, & Kemialliset Ystavat. His music always has strong experimental sense and usually based on high-skilled techniques of prepared sound, tape manipulations, processing of field recordings, live electronics, objects, cymbals, synthesizers, computer tools, playing traditional (both acoustic and electric) instruments as well as self-built, strange and unusual instruments (eg. unstringed guitar).