by Michael Brook



The early 21st century certainly wasn't as fertile a period for ambient music as, say, the '80s were. But there are a few exceptions, such as Toronto by way of New York composer/producer/guitarist, Michael Brook. Although not as dedicated to the ambient genre as say, Brian Eno once was, Brook's 2006 release, RockPaperScissors, manages to combine elements of the aforementioned genre with more traditional pop. Schooled by the likes of Daniel Lanois (Brook once worked as an engineer at Lanois' studio) and none other than Eno himself -- both appeared on Brook's 1985 debut, Hybrid -- RockPaperScissors shows that Brook obviously picked up a thing or two stylistically from his mentors. Included is a guest vocal by Lisa Germano on the airy "Want," as well as a posthumous contribution by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the track "Pond" (Brook utilized some outtake vocals from the late Pakistani singer -- Brook produced Khan's 1994 release, The Last Prophet). Teetering between ambient and new age at times, RockPaperScissors sounds like the perfect background soundtrack for an art gallery opening.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2006
Label: High Wire Music
UPC: 0854882001156
catalogNumber: HE2

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Brook   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan   Vocals
Richard Evans   Organ,Bass,Guitar
Lisa Germano   Vocals
Paul Buchanan   Vocals
Liz Constantine   Vocals
Brett Simons   Bass
Julie Rogers   Conductor
Jason Lewis   Percussion,Drums
Ramy Antoun   Drums
Jon Watson   Drums
Claude Chalhoub   Violin
Shira Myrow   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan   Composer
Richard Evans   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Audio Production,Choir Arrangement
Michael Brook   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production,Choir Arrangement
David Donaldson   Engineer
Julie Rogers   String Arrangements
Péter Pejtsik   Orchestration
Ben Christophers   Composer
Claude Chalhoub   String Arrangements
Paul Grady   Engineer
Craig Conard   Engineer
Hugo Vereker   Executive Producer
Shira Myrow   Composer

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