Sometimes life’s calling come when it’s least expected, or rather, in the most inconceivable of forms. Such is the case for John Frusciante, the former Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist who has just announced he’s releasing a new improvised album of live acid techno.
After a dark, druggy combattant period in the early nineties, Frusciante left the Chili Peppers. He sobered up and eventually returned, only to leave the band a second time, where he then turned to classic dance and music machines.
In a feature story with href="https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2103">Resident Advisor back in 2015, Frusciante explained how the alias Trickfinger developed, although it’s important to understand, the project was really never meant to see the light of day.
“When I made that transition to making electronic music, I was reading a lot of Aleister Crowley and reading all these Thelema books, and it’s all about doing your will. And I saw people like Aaron and Autechre and Richard D. James—musically it seemed like their life and philosophy was totally correlative to what I was reading about in the Thelema books. People around me thought I was doing my will because the people were screaming, and I’m playing the guitar, but I knew that I wasn’t.
I saw that ability in electronic music to, as a single person, create an entire piece of music. Those are the kinds of leaders we had when we had classical composers. Back when composers were actually the leaders of music, there was one man who would have 150 people do what they said. Now this was possible without having anyone do what they said, because I don’t like telling people what to do, and I definitely don’t like people telling me what to do. Telling people what to do seems like the worst thing that you could do to yourself, but with machines, you don’t lose anything by commanding them, you don’t have disappointments the way a composer might with the musicians not playing the way he hears in his head.
In general, in society, it’s getting harder and harder for people to figure out how to be leaders, and I see electronic music as this area where you’re free to be master and leader and not have these kinds of complications that come up when it’s actual human beings that you’re having to lead.”
Trickfinger evolved as Frusciante mastered a fleet of hardware synths and drum machine packs. His upcoming six-track LP was recorded to a CD burner with a cheap mixer with no overdubs and is the follow-up to his 2015 Trickfinger release . Trickfinger II, as the new record’s dubbed, is set for release on the LA-based imprint Acid Test.
The six-track album drops Sept. 8 and will be distributed worldwide by Wordandsound, listen to clips below.
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