"Michael has mastered a method of looping and playing that is on a pedestal all on its own. Ultimately [this album] is an exploration into what you perceive music, the guitar, and technology can do…then completely altering it. If you want to go someplace else, someplace new, get this album."
– Mixolydian Blog
"If you've never seen [Michael] perform live before, it's something between a front row seat at a paradigm-shifting TED talk, and sharing the archetypal wonder on display when a modern child first interacts with a mechanism of artificial intelligence, grappling with the intriguing chasm between its utilitarian function and its subtle humanity."
– Jared Buschbaum
March, 2011: I came back from two-weeks of initiation in Peru with a new vision for acoustic-electronic music: "cyber-acoustic guitar" became the name for my adventures into channeling the spirit of a place with shows that blur the boundaries between artist, instrument, and venue. I found myself no longer "playing the guitar," but joined with it as part of something greater, in which new feedback loops directed its own shifting evolution.
These twenty-seven remastered tracks are fossils of my favorite moments in four years of fully improvised performances. They chronicle the maturation of my voice and sketch the outlines of an epic tour and self-discovery...
I never thought this music would be soundtrack to the art, lovemaking, yoga, writing, childbirth, and magic that it has. I'm honored that it resonates with anyone at all. But then, we live in times when cyborg folk makes sense. And throughout all of this, the goal has been to play the here and now.
For now, this is what I consider the definitive collection of my work – the place to start, for people new to what I'm doing, and rich terrain for introspection as I prepare for my next phase in life and music.
Thanks for listening...
#1 - 4 from "A Million Anniversaries" (2011)
#5 - 7 from "Halcyon Days" (2011)
#8 - 10 from "Golden Hour" (2012)
#11 - 19 from "Love Scenes & Field Recordings" (2012)
#20 - 26 from "Tunnels of Gates" (2014)
#27 from "Live at Aisha's Birthday Party" (2014)
"The Clock of the Long Now: Time & Responsibility"
by Stewart Brand
"Present Shock: When Everything Happens at Once"
by Douglas Rushkoff