Matt Marble Guitar Mix
Strigian Enchantment 7:570:00/7:57
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I've been playing guitar since the age of 14. As a teenager in Mississippi, I grew up playing rock/pop, blues, jazz, and free improvisation. There I studied for several years with Mississippi master fiddler and guitarist, Tim Avalon. After a long break from the guitar, I returned to it in 2004 with an instinctually new approach. Since then, I have focused on playing in various open tunings and with a motoric two-finger (👌) plucking style, often with a third finger (🖕) percussing the wood of the guitar (Twilights/2018). More recently I have been exploring the electric guitar through my dreams (The Seraphic Mirror/2020).
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THE SERAPHIC MIRROR (2020)
With THE SERAPHIC MIRROR (2020) Marble explores the electric guitar as if in a dream. Literally, for the music was made through his ongoing meditative dreamwork, which has become a daily practice in his quarantine life in Greensboro, NC. Unhurried, each track on the album dwells in spacious atmospheres and inspired voicings--from the litanic folk bliss of "Strigian Enchantment" to the jazz-inflected mystery of "Ophidian Pearl." In addition, Marble's dreamwork and symbolic language are made visible in the accompanying visual art, which he designed for each of the seven tracks.
Guitar playing, audio recording, and visual art by Matt Marble
Greensboro, NC © 2020 Matt Marble Music
BREATH OF ELIJAH (2020)
These wordless voice and guitar prayerscapes were made in Greensboro, North Carolina over the last year or so. Each track is based on a voice/guitar improvisation. On the guitar, I work in various tunings with a two-finger style I’ve been developing for several years—trance-based, repetition, fretboard geometries, repetition, inspired techniques. I’ve been drawn increasingly towards abstraction, and with the voice I’ve been seeking the tone of the heart of the voice—unabashed, gentle, deep, unrefined, intimate, speechless, humming, melisma. On top of these recordings, I then painted more wordless vocal harmonies, with an occasional electric Epiphone guitar, as well as shakers, hand claps, lap slaps, hand rubbing, and mouth percussion. And this is what a cantrap is.
Greensboro, NC • 2020