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Michael Brook

The innovative guitarist and producer Michael Brook was born and raised in Toronto. While studying electronic music and the arts at the University of Toronto, he met trumpeter Jon Hassell, with whom he later toured; through Hassell, Brook also was introduced to minimalist composer LaMonte Young, under whom he studied Indian music. A period working as the house engineer at producer Daniel Lanois' famed Grant Avenue recording studio led to a tenure playing guitar with the Canadian pop band Martha & the Muffins during the late '70s; at the same time, Brook also met Brian Eno, guesting on the 1980 Eno/Hassell collaboration Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics. In 1983, he also played on Harold Budd's Magic Realism.

In 1985, Brook made his solo debut with Hybrid, an influential ethno-ambient work recorded with Eno that explored the middle ground between Western and Indian musical aesthetics and established his unique, heavily processed "infinite guitar" sound. He spent much of the remaining decade working with Eno, helping create video sculptures and sound installations across the globe; he also became a sought-after producer, helming records for such diverse talents as Roger Eno, Pieter Nooten, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Balloon, and the Pogues. In 1990, Brook returned to world music, producing Youssou N'Dour's acclaimed Set; more importantly, he began a continuing collaboration with Pakistani qawaali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with the seminal Mustt Mustt, a fusion of Western ambient and pop sounds with the sacred spiritual music of the East.

After producing Khaled, a 1991 project for the Algerian rai vocalist Cheb Khaled, Brook returned to the studio to record his first solo effort in seven years, 1992's stellar Cobalt Blue. A rare concert performance given at a party celebrating the album's release was subsequently issued as the limited-edition Live at the Aquarium. A pair of projects with the Indian mandolin wizard U. Srinivas, 1994's Rama Sreemrama and the next year's Dream, followed; in 1996, Brook reunited with Ali Khan for Night Song, trailed by work on the score for the Kevin Spacey-directed crime noir Albino Alligator. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: RockPaperScissors

1. Strangeprocession

2. Want

3. Doges

4. Darkerroom

5. Rock Paper Scissors

6. Tangerine

7. Lightstar

8. Pond

9. Silverized

10. Pasadena Part One

11. Pasadena Part Two

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Track List: Albino Alligator

1. Arrival

2. Doggie Dog

3. Slow Town

4. Preparation

5. Miscalculation

6. Aftermath

7. Tunnel

8. Albo Gator

9. The Promise

10. The City

11. The Kicker

12. Exit

13. Ill Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good)

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Track List: Cobalt Blue

1. Shona Bridge

2. Breakdown

3. Red Shift

4. Skip Wave

5. Slipstream

6. Andean

7. Slow Breakdown

8. Ultramarine

9. Urbana

10. Lakbossa

11. Ten

12. Hawaii

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aquariusjeff 0
Mission Impossible 2.
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Good relaxing music
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This is a very good tune. Unfortunatel y , the album it comes with does not measure up to it. Many very short pastiches of his sound that never lead anywhere, and nothing else resembling a coherent composition. He's good at movie soundtrack snippets and not much else IMHO.
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a feast for the imagination!
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mnomn2u
Helping my daughter do math homework. Good stuff to listen to. Great energy!
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Use to listen to Hybrid while taking the Amtrack from Boston to NYC back in day... on cassette :)
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Cobalt Blue has been one of my favorite recordings ever since I discovered it back in the 1992.
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Another Brian Eno disciple. I connected with him in the 1970's when he recorded with Eno. I really need to "bone up" on all of his works. I would enjoy hearing more of Mr Brook's recordings.. .
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dansdman4u
Nice, and refreashing. I'll check out more of Brooks work.
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jonny.burnha m
"Don't really like him"

that's not very nice
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Until I heard Michael Brook's music, I didn't believe that an electric guitar had a place in the ambient sound; boy was I ever wrong, and boy was I ever glad to be wrong.
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Don't really like him

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