English guitarist Rod Poole (1962) debuted as a free improviser in the Oxford
Improvisors' Cooperative in 1983. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in 1989,
Poole converted to
La Monte Young's and
Tony Conrad's experiments
with just intonation.
His tours de force are the
solo tabletop guitar improvisation in just intonation of
The Death Adder (WIN, 1996)
the solo acoustic guitar improvisation in just intonation of
December 96 (WIN, 1998).
Poole successfully updated LaMonte Young's vocabulary by introducing a
dynamic dimension to the study on timbre and texture.
Iasis (Transparency, 1999)
is a trio work in which Poole improvises against
Douglas Williford and Joseph Hammer "bowing" their guitars like a
Tony Conrad-ian violin.
Mind's Island (Justguitar Records, 2006) was a collaboration with
vocalist Sasha Bodganowitsch on wordless singing that retained all the
mellow qualities of his just-intonation music.
Rod Poole was assassinated in may 2007 following a trivial argument with a motorist.
Lisa Ladaw writes:
Rod's first LP was released in a limited edition. It was sent to The Wire for review and to Forced Exposure for limited sales. Only 43 copies are in existence. After many attempts, Rod was unable to get the quality of sound and these copies were the only ones that even came close to what he wanted. He hand-stamped each cover and designed everything himself.
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