IMAGE: Album cover for Blue Issue by Rules of Motion. Check out the instrumental track Unscarred Sun for some excellent guitar work.
Portland based guitarist Max McCargar has been putting his Walnut Jazz Skele 6-string to great use this autumn, releasing a new album via his band: Rules of Motion.
I love many things about Max's playing, but especially his non-linear and unpredictable compositional changes. He slides between progressions, melodies bending to fit evolving structures. Subtle, quick, and sly.
He's standing beside you one minute, then you'll catch a glimpse of him rounding a corner several streets away...
Max also just completed a short film that blends his music with his cinematography skills. In his own words:
I'm not exactly sure what to say about it. Most of my music is very improvisational in terms of when I start recording, I don't know how things are going to end up. I'll have written parts but I won't know how many times they'll repeat, what order they go in or what instruments and tones I'm going to use.
Not the case with this one. I had very specific goals that needed to be executed in exactly the right way. Both musically and visually. I decided not to worry about a story or anything very complicated symbolically. It just needed to be an exercise in editing and camera work. Let me know what you think.
VIDEO: Minisym — a 39 minute film by Max McCargar.