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Fred Frith - No Birds

A genuine classic for you today: No Birds comes from Fred Frith's 1974 debut album Guitar Solos. It was a record of experimentation that famously stretched the possibilities of guitar technique, but even there No Birds stands out for its radical approach. It's played on two guitars simultaneously, placed flat on a table and heavily prepared. Even as Frith's playing them, he's also live mixing the different pickup volume levels, giving an extraordinary range of sonic textures in what is virtually a live performance. And the results are far from mere boundary stretching: 10 minutes of shifting drones lead into a truly beautiful piece of overlapping picked patterns. It's the sound of interference. Absolutely essential listening.

Fred Frith - No Birds