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Twin Radiant Flux
"Twin Radiant Flux is a beautiful processed solo guitar work by Scott Cortez, the instrumentalist of Lovesliescrushing. This previously unreleased 60-minute work, recorded between 1997 and 1999, shows Cortez' unique pioneering aesthetic. With droning flows and melodic layered sonic drifts, Twin Radiant Flux predates some of the most important guitar-driven currents in contemporary electronic music. Scott Cortez (b.1969) is a textural guitarist, visual artist, based in Chicago. Cortez has been making instrumental ambient guitar music for over two decades. He embraces lo-fi minimalist aesthetics by limiting himself to guitars, 4-track cassette recorders, and looping pedals. From these modest tools he combines technique with various processed guitar textures to create droning, shimmering soundscapes. Cortez explores the textural possibilities of the guitar, creating music that ranges from experimental to post-rock to contemporary. His trademark sound combines guitar playing with digital techniques, using the guitar as a tone generator, processing the signal through various pedals and filters to create dense shimmering tapestries of sound. Cortez' music often incorporates drones and loops, which he crafts into enigmatic sound worlds with very subtle melodies. His work focuses mainly on the tonal possibilities of the guitar, and is usually produced without the aid of a computer."