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Mark McGuire


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Mark McGuire is a musician from Cleveland, Ohio, and now based in Portland, Oregon. In addition to having released a prodigious number of solo recordings, he most notably played guitar in genre-defying trio Emeralds from 2006 to 2013.

Best known for his minimalist compositions using looped guitar (indebted to Manuel Göttsching among others), he has also experimented with keyboard, voice, and other instruments. His vast discography notably consists of limited edition cassettes, with releases on a host of labels starting with the now-defunct Wagon imprint run by McGuire and his former Emeralds bandmates. Other labels include Chrondritic Sound, Pizza Night, Durable Stimuli, Cylindrical Habitat Modules, and Deception Island, as well as recently on Editions Mego and Dead Oceans.

In 2006 he formed Fancelions alongside Steve Hauschildt, John Elliott (Outer Space), and Erik Gamola. McGuire, Hauschildt, and Elliott began Emeralds shortly thereafter; he left the trio in January of 2013, after which Hauschildt also departed and the band promptly dissolved.

His other collaborations with fellow musicians within the ambient/noise underground include Amazing Births with Julian Gulyas (Synaptic Foliage), Inner Tube with Spencer Clark (The Skaters), Mental Prism with Kathy O’Dell and Shane Mackenzie of Lambsbread, Silver Futures with Etienne Pierre Duguay (Real Estate, Predator Vision), Skyramps with Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Sun Watcher with Shane Mackenzie, and Telecat Prowlers with Mr. Matthews and Witchbeam of Telecult Powers, as well as records with Trouble Books and Nate Scheible.


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  • Siska_Square

    man of genius

    10 May 5:01pm Reply

    Freedom of Spirit and Astral Protection tickle me just right, great new material.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ffxi_frohike

    New EP sounds a lot like Steve Hauschildt. They should get together and form a ban... oh wait, nvm.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    New EP is fucking massive.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Post-New Age

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • Cat_007

    cdnot understand, some mix...a lot of...but not bad< i mean the last album

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • Smirnon

    i've never suffered from homesickness, but this guy makes me feel homesick even when i'm at home

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • jack_rae

    Along The way makes me feel good about life

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • smwxs

    going by the comments I didn't think Along the Way would be as awesome as it clearly is. don't listen to the naysayers!

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • uncle_sethy

    yes yes yes.

    4 Feb 2014 Reply
  • majo334

    he's my second M. Göttsching. he creates dreams on a guitar.

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    along the way is blowing my mind right now. love hearing him branch out and incorporate new instruments/techniques.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheBartner

    "The Instinct" is sick! As is the remix by Prins Thomas!

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Stefanszz

    He has some pretty sick tracks.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • surajsharma

    why are there morons on the emeralds page saying "RIP mark" as if he was dead??? wtf wait.. this is the internet, morons are our largest demographic!

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    Along the Way is like Mark's version of "new age" music or something. It's not bad I suppose but it's not what my ears are wanting to hear at the moment.

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • blebbio

    i remember when mark used to release amazing albums every couple of weeks. now he releases a mediocre one every year or so. :/

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • surajsharma

    new album is fantastic!

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Sura94

    Mark mcguire on top of a rlly tall mountain just chillin 'n shreddin w thunder comin out of his guitar in super slo-mo [3]

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • zwerfafval

    new tour CDR on bandcamp:

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
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