TILTED AXES Release “Music for Mobile Electric Guitars”


TILTED AXES: Music for Electric Guitars was created in 2011 for Make Music New York’s inaugural Winter Solstice event. The guitarists perform original music by Patrick Grant through powerful mini-amps strapped to their sides while traveling the city streets. Since its inception, TILTED AXES has had incarnations in New York, Detroit, Germany, Brazil, and other locations. This is the only ensemble of its kind and Grant is its inventor.

Not one of the near quarter million people who have encountered TILTED AXES on three continents could say they had the same experience. The group moves and comes and goes.

While many wild audio recordings and street videos of the project exist, producing studio recordings of the Tilted music would attract the wider public.

The purpose of this album is threefold: 1) to expose the music to a new audience, 2) to raise awareness of the project and its uniqueness, 3) to generate future work, to interest other cities and communities to have a TILTED AXES event and music created just for them.

TILTED AXES works best when it’s part of something bigger than itself such as celebrating a key date for a city (for seasonal openings), to be a moving billboard promoting festivals of all kinds, attracting the public to a center of activity. Besides the street, the group works equally well on stage, or roaming through museums, but it’s best when it surprises people in unusual locations.

Grant describes the music as Post-Progressive Rock, an intentionally vague genre that means to contain the various styles and performing techniques within the repertoire. These include elements of Prog Rock, Contemporary Classical, World Music, Blues, Film Music, and incorporating the music of the host city.

Grants says that TILTED AXES‘ music “isn’t so much ‘guitar music,’ as it is music that’s about guitar music.

All in all, it boils down to theme and variations. Astute listeners will hear recurring themes and motifs that run throughout the 17-track 74-minute album. Each piece can stand on its own but the album can be heard as one continuous narrative. More so, tracks 7-13 could serve as a mini-suite, a set within the set, if one wanted to listen to it that way.

Appearing on the album are NYC Tilt Core regulars as well as cameo appearances by guitar luminaries associated with Robert Fripp, Edgar Winter, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Dr. Nerve, The Blackfires, and more. Grant’s professional experience includes work with John Cage, Philip Glass, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Don Was, Balinese gamelan, and composition for the legendary Living Theater and the theatrical visionary Robert Wilson.

All of the compositions on TILTED AXES: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars are by Patrick Grant with two of those pieces sharing writing credits with Robert Fripp.

The album is available for download on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and all the usual suspects. Those wishing physical copies will be able to get those on CDBaby.

TILTED AXES – Music for Mobile Electric Guitars Track Listing:

1. Shapes 1
2. Circulation in G Maybe
3. Tilted Axes Theme
4. Pedal Swells
5. Theme Variation
6. Rivera Court
7. Techno Tilt
8. Kneadle Variation
9. Asciae Obliquiae
10. Alamo Tilt
11. Polymetric Patterns
12. Beaubien Blues
13. Corridor 84 + Krimson Coda
14. Shapes 2
15. Tuanna Claonta
16. Harmonic Revolutions
17. The Sound of Burning Chairs

Album Credits:

Electric Guitars:
Patrick Grant, Matt Grossman, Daniel Reyes Llinas, John Halo, Randolph Hudson III, Reinaldo Perez, Nick Didkovsky, Gene Pritsker, Howard Glazer, Anthony Mullin, Larry Simon

Chapman Stick:
Jeremy Nesse

Electric Bass:
Dan Cooper, Patrick Grant

Drums & Percussion:
John Ferrari, Cesare Papetti

Produced by Patrick Grant

Recorded at John Kilgore Sound NYC, Peppergreen Media NYC, and the Ferrari Factory NJ

Recording engineer for Kilgore sessions: Garry Rindfuss
Guitar and amp consultant for Kilgore sessions: Nick Didkovsky

Mixed at Mercy Sound Studios NYC
Mixing engineer: Garry Rindfuss

Mastered by Sheldon Steiger

Tilted Axes logo revamp by Eric Iverson

All titles by Patrick Grant except for Track 8 & Track 13 which include variations on material by Robert Fripp and used by permission of Discipline Global Mobile (DGM)

All titles published by Peppergreen Media (ASCAP)





Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Patrick Grant (photo by Jocelyn Gonzales)

Patrick Grant (photo by Jocelyn Gonzales)

About Patrick Grant:

Grant’s distinct sound has “…a driving and rather harsh energy redolent of rock, as well as a clean sense of melodicism … the music’s momentum and intricate cross-rhythms rarely let up, making the occasional infectious tunes that emerge all the more beautiful for surprise.” - The Village Voice

“… a modern electronic master…(he) is a totally wired contemporary musician who combines live performance with cutting edge technology.” – New Music Connoisseur

“I’ve lived in the neighborhood for 22 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” a passerby said as Patrick Grant and his small platoon of electric guitarists and percussionists filed into St. Mark’s Church on East 10th Street. – New York Times

Patrick Grant is a composer/performer living in New York City and creates music for a wide range of media. A native of Detroit, MI, he moved to NYC in the mid-80s where he studied at the Juilliard School, worked on the production team for composer John Cage, and produced his first recordings at the studios of Philip Glass. He spearheaded the compositional element of an international project for the Millennium which had him working with Billy Joel and Quincy Jones. Interest in world music brought him to Bali three times to study the gamelan which manifested itself in his work through the use of alternative tunings, ensembles with multiple keyboards, and in his work with Robert Fripp & The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists. He is host of the internationally acclaimed podcast Strings and Things.

Grant is a recipient of the 2012-13 Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program at the Turtle Bay Music School administered by Exploring the Metropolis. In 2012 and 2013 he received ASCAP Plus Awards for continued musical excellence. Recently, he performed as music producer and co-arranger of NYFA Fellow Joseph Keckler’s “I am an Opera” for a month of sold-out shows at Dixon Place in NYC and beyond.

He is the creator of International Strange Music Day (Aug. 24th) and the electric guitar procession as a genre. Recently he was granted rights from the Beatles’ publishers to create a set of variations on Strawberry Fields Forever for chamber ensemble and rock band.

He has created scores for theatrical visionaries The Living Theatre and Robert Wilson, and music for installations at the Louvre and the musée du Quai Branly in Paris. His music has been applied visually through seven collaborations with the artist Kehinde Wiley, scores for feature documentaries, and music tech seminars each semester at the NYU Film School.

Within the last year his music has been performed extensively by theater troupes in Brazil, appearing in the major cities and international festivals there. In 2009, with radio producer Jocelyn Gonzales, he created the MMiX Festival of Interactive Music Technology in NYC, an event co-sponsored by Ableton (LIVE), Cycling ’74 (Max/MSP), and WNYC Radio.

In December 2009, he music directed the European premiere of his electronic realization of the Morton Feldman/Samuel Beckett opera “Neither” in Vienna. In 2010, Grant returned to Europe and Brazil for new works in concert, theater, and multimedia and created H2Opus: Fluid Soundscapes by Multiple Composers for Make Music New York 2010. Grant also produces content for the new music blog The MMiXdown and is a co-director of Composers Concordance Records.

He has created musical scores for the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco (a piece called “the strangest and most ravishing dance of the year” by the SF Chronicle and nominated for Best Dance Score of 2003 by the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards). His work often involves elements found in the natural and physical sciences (Genome: The Autobiography of a Species).

He has been commissioned by the CUNY Graduate Center (BIG BANG 1.0), jointly by the artist Kehinde Wiley (for soprano Shequida), Deitch Projects (Rumors of War), and The Columbus Museum of Art (Historical Black Music Rollercoaster), and the Modern Museum of Fort Worth.

His works have been performed at the Bang on a Can Annual Marathon, MATA – Music at the Anthology, by Gamelan Son of Lion, The CUNY Graduate Center’s Science & the Arts series, and the Forum Freies Theater in Germany.

As a presenter, Mr. Grant has produced scores of new music concerts in the alternative spaces of New York City, in art galleries, theaters, factory lofts and clubs, since 1988. He formed his own ensemble, the protean Patrick Grant Group, in 1998.

He is founder and artistic director of Strange Music Inc., an organization dedicated to releasing recordings and presenting compelling new work with performances and installations in New York and around the world. He formed Peppergreen Media in 2011 as a way of broadening music’s reach into other media.


Cover photo: Jocelyn Gonzales

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