Composer, guitarist, and electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France's major experimental musicians. A pivotal figure in the international development of electronic rock music, Pinhas' stature in France is analogous to Tangerine Dream's in Germany: the father figure of an entire musical movement. The pioneering, aggressive music produced by his band Heldon during the 1970s, fusing electronics, guitar, and rock, heralded the industrial and techno to come and remains today vital and unsurpassed. The 'Father' of electronic music in France is also recognized as a world-class guitarist whose "diabolical guitar work" (Progression) earns comparisons with Robert Fripp. He began experimenting with looping during the '90s, and since then has developed a unique vocabulary that includes interlocking patterns, chordal waves, and harmonic movements.
"The music is beautiful in its brutality" –Sonic Curiosity
Barry Cleveland's music spans multiple genres ranging from ambient and experimental to world fusion to psychedelic and progressive rock. From his debut album Mythos (released on Larry Fasts' legendary Audion label in 1986) to his latest recording, Hologramatron (featuring a lineup that includes bassist Michael Manring, drummer Celso Alberti, and vocalist Amy X Neuburg), Cleveland has pushed multiple musical boundaries simultaneously. The guitarist’s solo performances involve using sophisticated live-looping techniques and electronics to create layered pieces ranging from intense and highly rhythmic to ambient and atmospheric. In addition to playing conventionally, Cleveland employs the EBow, Masley Bowhammers, and other devices.
"Cleveland has a full command of his instrument, both as a player and a shaper of sound, utilizing all manner of processing to create sounds that are at times distinctly un-guitarlike. Cleveland sees the guitar more as a means to an end rather than the end itself." —All About Jazz