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Jeff Gburek. Noises, sounds for all occasions. Organic since 1963. Guitar, electronics, instrument design, field.

Ramble Records is an Independent record label based in Melbourne, Australia specialising in an unapologetically disproportionate amount of guitar-based music (but not limited too) acid folk, avant-folk, psych, free jazz, Indian classical and avant-garde sounds from around the globe.

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The Art of Prepared Guitar Volume One by Jeff Gburek, Ramble Records, 2023

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The Art of Prepared Guitar began as a brain-child almost ten years ago. I’d mentioned it to Tom Carter who said, tell me when it comes out: so I’m telling him and now you too. It was supposed to be an album wherein I’d try to recap all the extended techniques, show essentially what’s in the mojo bag, & track back through moments when I remembered first taking my eyes off the frets, when I started to play purely through sound and timbre. Initially I thought I would name my mentors in homage but at my age all the influences have been blended, boiled back down or up into genetic plasma from which each playing session recombines all the traits or strands into a novel structure negotiating the playing experience.

The titles bear witness to the irony of daring to make those definitions or attributions. I would say that this album however bridges a space between those psychedelic music moments of noise guitar (Syd, Jimi, Kath), no wave, free jazz noise like Sonny Sharock, then Derek Bailey and Keith Rowe — players who probably would never have appeared on the stage together but who regularly haunt me while playing.

My resultant discoveries via prepared guitar did not speak of a purely abstract space though. I did feel the guitar becoming more modular as Keith observed, as I applied micro-cassettes and radios over the pick-ups, I noted that altering the guitar in various ways also revealed traces of more aboriginal music, ethers and archeological bleed. In essence, I became more of a receiver and relayer of energies via the guitar, the guitar was a listening device.

In attempting to move into the future of the guitar or the post-guitar (as in the case of Kevin Drumm or Annette Krebs where the guitar became deconstructed and/or displaced into other electro-acoustic processes, if you will), I also discovered aspects of earlier ethnic music, blues and tonalities that hinted at other mysteries of acoustic resonance ecologies, bugs and ghosts in the machinations.

The guitars come and the guitars go. I think sometimes the mermaids are within ears reach. Thanks to Michael for hosting my havoc. 


released May 19, 2023

Recorded in March 2023.
Guitars:  Ibanez (model uncertain, but it’s chrome blue), Hagstrom Viking, Höfner HCT-CS10.
Amps: Vox Mini, Hartke Bass and… preparations!
Design and layout – Atharwa Deshingkar.

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