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Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook


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Michael Brook (born 1951 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian guitarist, inventor, producer, and film music composer familiar with many disciplines including rock, and film scores.

“Sleeps With The Fishes” - the first official Michael Brook production — which he engineered as well — was planned initially as a solo effort by the Dutch musician Pieter Nooten, a member of the band Clan of Xymox. Nooten’s group was signed to 4AD; the label’s founder, Ivo Wats-Russell, was a fan of Michael’s Hybrid album, and it was Ivo’s thought to link Michael and Pieter on a specific project. (It was also a Watts-Russell decision to issue Sleeps With The Fishes with collaborative billing for both Nooten and Brook.) Beyond jump-starting Michael’s production career, the album led to his signing with 4AD as a solo artist.

The album was tracked at Blackwing Studios in the U.K., where many other 4AD artists had recorded, notably Ivo’s blue chip group, This Mortal Coil. Unfortunately, Sleeps With the Fishes never found its deserved audience, possibly owing to its appearance in an autumn release schedule dominated by, among other mega-titles, a new Michael Jackson lp.

Michael Brook is most famous perhaps for his sonic contribution to U2’s multimillion-selling 1987 album The Joshua Tree in the form of his invention, the Infinite guitar; he is also known for Peter Murphy’s 1995 album Cascade. Brook is a specialist in timbre and texture.


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  • Carlosjanderson

    Where can I Download thei music? Can anybody help me?

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • etherealmoment

    can't believe this is so underlistened. found this c. 2000 and thought it so evocative, kinda breathtaking actually. still is, to me. maybe i'm biased -- this is one of those that's tangled up in memories of bittersweet times. great, great stuff. 100% agree that this was the pinnacle for nooten (from clan of xymox). bonus with peter ulrich doing percussion and eno getting a "dx7 sounds" credit ;)

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ChrisDarksteel

    much better than any Clan of Xymox album. [2]

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
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