Exploring Infinity with the Infinite Guitar Sounds of Michael Brook

Michael Brooks is a Canadian guitarist, inventor, producer and film music composer. He is most famously known for his invention, the Infinite Guitar, and its sonic contributions to U2‘s 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

He has worked, produced, toured and collaborated with a wide range of artists including; Canada’s Martha and the Muffins, Peter Murphy, Harold Budd, Roger Eno, Clan Of Xymox‘s Pieter Nooten, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Balloon, Fripp, David Sylvian, The Pogues, The Edge, Pakistani qawaali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou N’Dour.

He has also written music for a number of films including Mission Impossible II, Americanese, Albino Alligator and eco-documentarys, Al Gore‘s An Inconvenient Truth and Who Killed the Electric Car?.

Selected Discography

Michael Brook

Hybrid (Editions EG) 1985
Cobalt Blue (4AD) 1992
Live at the Aquarium (4AD) 1993
Shona (UK Sine) 1995
RockPaperSissors (Canadian Rational/Big Helium) 2006

Edge With Michael Brook
Captive(Virgin) 1987

Pieter Nooten/Michael Brook
Sleeps With the Fishes (UK 4AD) 1987

U. Srinivas & Michael Brook
Dream (Real World) 1995

Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn & Michael Brook
Night Song (Real World) 1996

Soundtracks

Albino Alligator (Warner Brothers) 1997
An Inconvenient Truth (High Wire Music) 2006

Recorded at the London Zoo’s Aquarium at the release party for Cobalt Blue Live at the Aquarium consists solely of Brook, his guitar and preset synth/rhythm patterns.

Cobalt Blue was recorded in collaboration with luminaries including Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and features a fuller lusher sound than the stripped-down sound of Live at the Aquarium, but both albums are dominated by the sound of Michael Brook’s “Infinite Guitar”

 

Cobalt Blue (4AD, 1992)
Playing Time: 45 minutes 49 seconds

Cobalt Blue1. Shona Bridge (4:37)
2. Breakdown (4:10)
3. Red Shift (4:52)
4. Skip Wave (3:34)
5. Slipstream (2:05)
6. Andean (3:36)
7. Slow Breakdown (2:35)
8. Ultramarine (4:34)
9. Urbana (4:06)
10. Lakbossa (3:40)
11. Ten (3:50)
12. Hawaii (4:10)

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Live at the Aquarium: London Zoo 21 May 1992 (4AD, 1993)
Playing Time: 37 minutes 54 seconds

Live at the Aquarium

1. Shona Bridge (5:10)
2. After Image / Urbana (9:54)
3. Andean (2:11)
4. Ultramarine (5:23)
5. Lakbossa (6:12)
6. Cascade (3:14)
7. Red Shift (5:50)

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