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MP3 Instruments - Assembly Room

A new full length album of remixes by a strong cast of avant garde beatsmiths from across Canada, the US, Germany, and Japan.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (47:32) !
Related styles: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental, Avant Garde: Electronic Avant-Garde, Mood: Intellectual

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INSTRUMENTS: A Personal and Professional History

“I think it would be accurate to say our music is not for everyone.” (J. LaPointe, 2004)

With an approach that is as much informed by the slow pace of their forested home base among the abandoned gold hills of Mineville, Nova Scotia, as it is by the world’s march toward technological doom, INSTRUMENTS’ music rewards the patient listener. Details are unveiled in due time - a single chord change over 4 minutes into a 5 minute song (Black Kite), a vocal suddenly emerging to twist an instrumental drone into a sing-song verse (Clock), or dynamic shifts so abrupt as to genuinely startle (Titled by Date).

J. LaPointe, Jon Hutt, and Daniel MacDonald began playing together as early as 1991, formally establishing themselves as The MOTES (along with Craig Thibault) in 1994. Isolated in small town pre-internet Nova Scotia, the foursome released six albums of genuinely odd atonal rock that were, by all accounts, way ahead of their time.

The MOTES disbanded in 1998, and LaPointe spent the next three years in seminal math rock outfit North of America, touring Canada, the USA, and Europe extensively with the likes of Blonde Redhead, Trumans Water, Storm and Stress, and Fugazi, and releasing four albums to considerable critical acclaim. Hutt spent that time developing his Recyclone project, releasing three albums and collaborating with Sixtoo, Graematter (Buck 65), and LaPointe once again on the well received Numbers full-length.

LaPointe, Hutt, and MacDonald reconvened as INSTRUMENTS in 2001, recording sporadically for the next four years before releasing their debut album Nominal in 2005. Juxtaposing LaPointe’s inimitable guitar and Hutt’s machine-like drums with an unsettling ambience, the four pieces on Nominal strengthened the band’s growing mythology, drawing comparisons as diverse as Pink Floyd and Shellac. Their live debut in the fall of 2006 was met with unanimous raves, but the band quickly retreated back to the studio, spending 2006-2007 completing the score for Hutt’s short film Chimera, and collaborating with Montreal based experimental hiphop label Endemik Music. Their track on Bleubird’s rip usa 2LP was hailed as the standout among an allstar cast including Anticon’s Sole and Alias, and their remix of Skyrider’s “Hello Loneliness” extended their reach into Japan on the Granma Music label.

INSTRUMENTS released its second album, National Laboratory, in early 2009. Building on the foundation established on Nominal, National Laboratory’s eight songs delve further into musique concrete and electroacoustic territory, adding a dark tension to a sound already bordering at times on the psychedelic, and yet still finding its anchor in the post-atonal guitar/bass/drums of their past work. Heavier, but by way of contrast and composition, not merely presentation.

2010 saw the release of two new singles, with a third planned for early 2011, in anticipation of the release of Assembly Room, a new full length album of remixes by a strong cast of avant garde beatsmiths from across Canada, the US, Germany, and Japan.


1994 - 1997: J. LaPointe, Jon Hutt, Daniel MacDonald, and Craig Thibault record and play as The MOTES, releasing six albums and earning a small but obsessive fanbase.

1997 - 1998: The MOTES play their final shows and release their last new material. LaPointe establishes NORTH of AMERICA and Hutt begins recording and performing solo as RECYCLONE. Hutt also spends time drumming for EQUATION of STATE. The name INSTRUMENTS is put on hold for a yet to be determined future project.

1999 - 2001: LaPointe and Hutt carry on with NORTH of AMERICA and RECYCLONE respectively, while collaborating once again on the RECYCLONE Numbers full length. Early INSTRUMENTS material is conceived in a makeshift Tantallon, NS studio, during LaPointe/Hutt/Thibault and LaPointe/Hutt/MacDonald sessions. All four never meet at once, and thus the INSTRUMENTS trio format is naturally established. A few bits and pieces recorded in this era survive for future completion. LaPointe leaves NORTH of AMERICA after their second European tour, and four albums. INSTRUMENTS lineup of LaPointe/Hutt/MacDonald is finalized in theory.

2002 - 2003: A new studio is built into a former harbour cable lighthouse in Ferguson''s Cove, NS. INSTRUMENTS braves high winds and sea swells, recording a few more bits and pieces before dismantling the studio in July of 2003. The building would be nearly demolished in hurricane Juan two months later. LaPointe formally establishes ARCHIVE MASTERING in a temporary Dartmouth, NS location. The elements of INSTRUMENTS are refined, both on record, and in live form. Critical logistics are determined, and the first semblance of a functioning performance unit appears, integrating live electronics into the fold.

2004: Construction begins on studio number four, this time both a permanent location for ARCHIVE MASTERING, and the ideal INSTRUMENTS recording workspace. This massive project takes priority, and INSTRUMENTS moves from music to power tools for most of the next year. Dependent Music re-releases critical material from The MOTES.

2005: With the new studio completed and all systems in place, INSTRUMENTS moves to finish work on Nominal. Released in July of 2005, its four pieces span four years and four studios, providing a logical conclusion to the preamble segment of the band''s history, and a clean slate for the future.

2006: Through collaboration with Endemik Music, INSTRUMENTS performs a remix of "Hello Loneliness" for inclusion on the Japanese release of Skyrider''s 47:34 LP, and contributes to two songs for Bleubird''s rip u$a LP. Hutt makes his film directorial debut with the 8mm short CHIMERA. INSTRUMENTS provides the sound and music. Performance preparations are completed, and INSTRUMENTS makes its live debut.

2007: Sporadic recording sessions begin once again, with no fixed format or release date established.

2008: The last of the eight songs that comprise National Laboratory is completed by early summer. November 2008 is set as the probable month of release. Nominal is re-released as a 12”/CD package. Live performances recommence in October.

2009: National Laboratory is released as a 12"/CD package on Montreal''s Endemik Music label. More live performances in the fall.

2010: Two new singles are released, with a third planned for early 2011, in anticipation of the release of Assembly Room, a new full length remix album.

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