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Steve Tibbetts


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Steve Tibbetts is a Minneapolis-based American guitarist known for an original approach to both composing and sound-forming. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1954. His first two records were created when he was in college. The second, Yr, although self-published, gained a degree of notice, especially from fans of the electric guitar. That record featured many overdubs, on one track as many as 50 overdubs creating a unique soundscape. Like some other artists, such as Brian Eno, Steve Tibbetts views the recording studio as a tool for creating sounds and often works and reworks his sounds, incorporating found-sound into finished musical tracks (such as the footsteps in the track “Running” found on Safe Journey, or the chanting of Nepalese villagers found on the last tracks of Big Map Idea).

The first record Tibbetts created for a major label was Northern Song, for ECM Records in 1982. This was an attempt to fit Tibbetts music into Manfred Eicher’s style of very rapid recording. Usually ECM albums are recorded in just two days. However, Northern Song received scathing reviews. Perhaps as a result, Tibbetts went back to his previous method of recording very slowly over a period of months (or longer). His subsequent records gained better reviews and, somewhat unusually for ECM records, were not produced by Manfred Eicher.



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  • barrospablito

    Great musician.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    Tibbett's Ur comes off as the forefather of Tool's Schism.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • arrache-coeur

    Go on tour, dude. Come to europe.

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    Shame he isn't well known. That album is a gem.

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • tsnamm

    "The best are dying too early :-( Great music!"...???He's dead? I don't see anything that says that...

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • v11v11v

    I just published a fairly lengthy blog post on Steve Tibbetts, written after more than 6 months listening to his 11 albums. Comments very welcome.

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • sharkeyanti

    Yr is such a crazy good album, picked it up at PREX for just $4!!

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • dougsharp

    excellent under-appreciated musician

    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • NowyPremier

    chill music ,so underrated

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • v11v11v

    I first heard Steve Tibbetts a decade ago and was unable to tune into it. I've recently begun listening again and find myself intrigued and enchanted. I wonder, why couldn't I assimilate his fluid approach to form, his sensitivity to silence and the subtlety of his approach to texture before? I can only say I'm glad to be able to do so now.

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • roeschen55

    The best are dying too early :-( Great music!

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • salacio

    Great stuff. =)

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Airmaus

    Great stuff. I first heard about Steve when he was doing a contest for The Fall of Us All. He was going to do a raffle to give away his car, and all you had to do to enter was review the album! I wonder who ended up winning.....

    13 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Emrik

    steve <3

    23 Jul 2007 Reply

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