The Far Field

by Hank Tilbury

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This is a collection of pieces for electronic guitar. Most were improvised after having done a lot of experiments with the tape and digital effects that were available to me as a studio engineer in the late 80s-early 90s.

These pieces were often created after a long and stressful day's work, when I was ready both to relax and to break out of the restrictions imposed by conventional popular music. I was seeking and searching with a guitar in my hands, looking for the primal self who had been under wraps all day--the ape who delighted in the surprises sound could deliver.

This album is dedicated to two of my favorite artists: the poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) and the painter Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), two American Midwesterners whose respective art celebrates the mystical aspects of nature that can be found in a weeded lot, on the underside of a leaf or in the subtle changes in an afternoon breeze...if only one pays attention. All titles come from their work.


released February 11, 2014

Hank Tilbury: Electric guitar, tape loops, Echoplex, digital effects, engineering and mastering.

Original recordings made 1987-1993 at various locations (see individual pieces for details).

Edited and mastered July-November 2012 by Hank Tilbury at the International Repository for the Collective Unconscious, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, USA.

All music (c) 2012 Hank Tilbury.

Cover art: Hank Tilbury (yeah, me again...I work cheap) "Heavy Wind and Clouds near Sunset--Peterson Beach, Benzie County, Michigan (detail)", watercolor, 2013.



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Hank Tilbury Leesburg, Virginia

I play with sounds. Some of those sounds come from actual musical instruments. While I'm not great at any one thing in particular, I'm solidly half-assed at several, and this can make for some enjoyable listening, depending on your tastes.

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