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Release Date: May 24, 1999
Location: Roughwood Croft

Guitars cover

1. Muse 2:19
2. Cochise 5:25
3. Embers 3:56
4. Summit Day 3:50
5. Out of Sight 3:51
6. B. Blues 4:35
7. Four Winds 9:29
8. Enigmatism 3:31
9. Out of Mind 3:46
10. From the Ashes 2:29

Written by Mike Oldfield

Produced & engineered by Mike Oldfield
Assistant engineer: Ben Darlow
Recorded at Roughwood Studio

All sounds on this recording, including drum sounds, were generated from live guitars, midi guitar or individual guitar samples

Cover by Bill Smith Studio


Notes

Mike sees himself mainly as a guitarist, so the concept of this album was perhaps not particularly unusual. Similar things have been attempted by other guitarists in the past - Adrian Belew, for example (who guested as guitarist and vocalist on the album 'Earth Moving') created a suite of music played on guitar and guitar synthesiser.

Mike attempted to create many of the sound using guitars as the source. Many of the drum sounds, for example, were created from samples of Mike slapping a bass (that is, hitting the strings with the side of the thumb - not the same type of slap as when you might slap a person...). A good example of the types of sounds possible are the tablas in 'Four Winds' (3:48). Mike then triggered the samples from a guitar fitted with a Roland GK2 pickup and guitar-MIDI convertor. The guitar used was his PRS Custom 24, which had the Roland pickup fitted by Richard Barrie, the guitar's body having been routed by Chandler Guitars. The pickup itself is visible just by the bridge of the guitar - a small thin black bar. The controls for the pickup are fitted to the bottom edge of the guitar.

For some information on Roughwood studio, (including some images which as far as I'm aware are available nowehere else on the net), highlighting some of his equipment and other things, click here.


Personnel

Ben Darlow (assistant engineer)

Also appears in: The Millennium Bell, Tres Lunas


Bill Smith (cover artwork)

Also appears in: Tubular Bells II, Voyager, Tubular Bells III, Tres Lunas



Instruments

Electric guitars
Danelectro/Coral Sitar An electric guitar with a special bridge to produce a buzzy sitar-like sound.
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Also used in Islands, Amarok
Bass guitars
Wal Custom bass s/n W3557. Sold to a German fan via Chandler Guitars in February 2006.
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Also used in Tubular Bells II, Tubular Bells III, Tubular Bells 2003
Guitar effects
Roland VG-8 Guitar modelling processor, able to model the sounds of different guitars and other instruments. It uses a GK-series synth pickup to provide the unit with an uncoloured signal, but the VG-8 is not technically a synthesiser as it purely remodels the signal from the pickup. One was sold via ebay in December 2007, but he lists one as having been used on Tubular Bells 2003, so presumably he had a spare!
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Also used in Voyager, Tubular Bells III, The Millennium Bell, Tres Lunas, Tubular Bells 2003
Synthesisers
Roland GI-10 Guitar-MIDI interface, sold via eBay in December 2007.
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Also used in Tres Lunas
Loudspeakers
Coastal Acoustics Boxer T4 Also used in Tubular Bells II, The Songs of Distant Earth, Voyager, Tubular Bells III, The Millennium Bell, Tres Lunas, Tubular Bells 2003
Mixing desks
AMS Neve Capricorn 33238 Digital mixing desk. Also used in The Songs of Distant Earth, Voyager, Tubular Bells III, The Millennium Bell, Tubular Bells 2003


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Guitars Review - Canberra Times (1999)

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