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Guillermo E. Brown

Guillermo E. Brown

“The computer is another part of the ensemble,” says percussionist Guillermo E. Brown, and it’s easy to believe him after hearing the organic way he incorporates it and other electronic instruments into his fantastic debut, Soul at the Hands of the Machine, for Thirsty Ear’s “The Blue Series.”

“I grew with the computer as another limb so I feel totally comfortable improvising in this way,” Brown says, “using techniques culled from my jazz lessons to play FX machines, the mixing board and other sounds, and make the drum machine breathe, like Max Roach said, and a lesson we learned for drum ‘n’ bass.”

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