Published Nov 10, 2011Following the release of his guitar-less Still Life album earlier this year, Canadian avant-garde great Aidan Baker has announced plans for arguably his most ambitious project yet in Spectrum of Distraction.
A 96-track double album, Distraction is designed to be played on shuffle for a uniquely different listen each time. According to a press release, the album sees "hallucinatory dreamscapes weave into frantic noise into dubby passages into chilled-out jazz into psychedelic grooves into an oppressive industrial crunch into a hip hop bop into almighty sludge dirges and almost everything else the kitchen sink offers."
Baker began the project in 2009 by soliciting a large number of different drummers to back his loops. The full list of drummers on the album is as follows: Aidan Baker, Richard Baker (ARC, Cymbl), Victor Cirone Andrew Crawshaw (The Silent Ones), Alessandro Curvaia (Shora), Bruno Dorella (OvO, Ronin), David Dunnett (Man Meets Bear, Ça Va Mal), Thor Harris (Swans, The Angels of Light, Shearwater), Steven Hess (Panamerican, Locrian, Ural Umbo, Cleared, Haptic), Kevin Micka (Animal Hospital, Neptune), Mac McNeilly (The Jesus Lizard), Ted Parsons (Swans, Prong, Foetus, Godflesh, Jesu, Killing Joke, Treponem Pal, Teledubgnosis, Necessary, Wordsound Projects), Phil Petrocelli (Great Falls, Jesu, Black Noise Cannon, nov23, The Living Jarboe), Simon Scott (Slowdive), Geoff Summers (Batillus), Jakob Thiesen (Nadja, Whisper Room, Students), Brandon Miguel Valdivia (Picastro, Not the Wind Not the Flag, I Have Eaten the City), H. Walker (Kerretta, Avotor, Mean), Brandon Miguel Valdivia (Picastro, I Have Eaten the City, etc.) and H. Walker (Kerretta, Avotor, Mean).
Spectrum of Distraction will be available as a double CD and digital download on January 17 via Robotic Empire.