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Richard Pinhas - Barry Cleveland: Mu

Read "Mu" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

French guitarist and electronics ace Richard Pinhas set high standards for electronic rock with the advent of Heldon back in 1974. But his voluminous discography as a solo artist and collaborator surges onward with two concurrent 2016 releases for Cuneiform Records: Process and Reality with drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and noise electronics whiz Masami Akita aka Merzbow, and this quartet date Mu, co-led with guitarist, technologist, Barry Cleveland. The frontline reaps the benefits of having bass legend Michael Manring ...

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Richard Pinhas: Metal/Crystal

Read "Metal/Crystal" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Think of sheaths of titanium splintering across a room at the speed of light, and a moveable wall of sound that poses a daunting proposition. These are components that signal the vivid imagery, supplied by pioneering French progressive space-rock guitarist and synthesist Richard Pinhas on a set that is based on mental disorder symptoms. Along with guests and revered Japanese noise-shaping artist and author Merzbow (Masami Akita), the program casts a semi-structured outline, infiltrated by variable electrical impulses amid an ...

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Richard Pinhas: Metal/Crystal

Read "Metal/Crystal" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The music of Metal/Crystal is loud and scary. It is not oxymoronic to call Richard Pinhas' creation the noisiest ambient record this year. The guitarist, perhaps the French equivalent to Robert Fripp, has been making music for 30 years, first with the electronic rock band Heldon, then as a solo act, extending ambient music with his guitar processing techniques. Of late he has been experimenting with the international noise scene, releasing Keio Line (Cuneiform, 2008) with Masami Akita ...

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Richard Pinhas / Merzbow: Keio Line

Read "Keio Line" reviewed by Nic Jones

Both guitarist Richard Pinhas and musician/artist Merzbow (Masami Akita) have been working at their craft since the '70s, and this meeting of minds is in essence a microcosm of their work. As pioneers in the field of noise as music they've produced work that hasn't been co-opted by a broadening mainstream and that in itself perhaps says something of the societies of which that mainstream is representative.

Summit meeting as this may be then, the results are often as tranquil ...

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Richard Pinhas: Metatron

Read "Metatron" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the multitude of guitarists developing individual voices through recognizable guitar sounds exists a smaller group of players who view the instrument as means to a different end. King Crimson co-founder Robert Fripp, one of the first to explore transforming the sound of a guitar beyond recognition, has been a major influence on more than one generation of guitarists with his tape looping Frippertronics and more recent Soundscapes. While French guitarist Richard Pinhas uses Fripp as a reference point, he ...

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Richard Pinhas: Event and Repetitions

Read "Event and Repetitions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Composer/guitarist/EFX specialist Richard Pinhas is perhaps France’s most notable synthesist, commencing with his 70s band “Heldon,” and ongoing stature as a solo artist.

Pinhas' newly released offering poses a few stunning propositions via his symphony of guitars approach: controlled distortion techniques and sweeping countercurrents. With this release, he opts for a subtly climactic methodology, marked by an imaginary plane where themes expand and contract. In addition, thoughts of Moses parting the Red Sea surface on more than one occasion. Much ...


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