David Pritchard

Air Patterns

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By layering multiple acoustic guitars, David Pritchard discovers patterns of repetition that lead one to listen intently yet provides a uniqely calming effect for the mind. Six of the pieces on Air Patterns are in this style of acoustic guitar ensemble music, with one track ("Dream Sequence") in the form of a classical guitar trio, while the other three pieces are all played on solo classical guitar with no overdubbing whatsoever. His exotic tunings yield shifting harmonic sounds that dart in and out of delicate melodic patterns. Pritchard's musical world comprises short melodic moments which emerge from his arpeggiated, rhythmically diverse environment, suspended in an atmosphere of hypnotic chord tones and ever-shifting rhythmic relationships. And the amazing part is that he not only conceived and "invented" the concept, but also plays all the guitars. Pritchard lets his imagination run rampant, resulting in thick yet shimmering tonal textures, and his brilliant technique and emotional openness stand as an enjoyable contribution to guitar composition.

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