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Triboluminescence vinyl edition released on august 25

On August 25th, Cargo Records will release a limited edition double vinyl LP with 9 additional tracks. The release features two orange vinyl disks and an exclusive centerfold montage of Andy’s black and white photography. Andy wrote about his experience creating music in the studio and the making of Triboluminescence: 

I pretty much regard the studio as a drug, a place -a state where the highs and lows you pass through are brought about by music, or at least the concentrated effort to bring music into being. I work alone…well – me and one other person behind the recording desk. It’s the kingdom where everything can go wrong or sometimes right – and ….who cares – the chains are off – it’s time to let your freak flag fly…! It’s a hook that keeps you locked inside when there are sunny days outside and the only the way out of it is to work your way through the whole thing without raising your eyes to the horizon .

I literally have my nose almost buried in guitar Fx pedals, rotating knobs and sliders. That way – I feel contact- electrical power in proximity to the skin. The studio is a roulette table. Simply put you are allowed to fuck up. But there are good fuckup’s and bad fuck up’s. You look for the good ones – the accidents that start a fire. This can entail hours of boredom, frustration and a lot of hope. It isn’t always inspired – that’s impossible – because you have to frighten yourself to make music that pushes. You blunder toward discovery – like working in a coal mine looking for the vein. In my case it’s a room full of guitars, gear, exotic instruments and the inevitable recording equipment laying a guilt trip . So the available time and the self imposed task of making something new means that you are staring into a mirror – and having to empty yourself out each time you pass through the doorway.

Triboluminescence vinyl edition released on august 25

So trying to come up with something that is convincing,that moves, in a new direction, is not easy. It’s a case of out maneuvering your past, frightening yourself before the reward of the magic spark. Well worn clichés lay traps everywhere – stuff that just falls under the hand, a song that someone has already written, whatever – the studio is a minefield. But maybe it shouldn’t be easy.

This brings up the idea of perspective… which sometimes can be had by a simple remedy – go and do something else for awhile, don’t listen to it for a few days and see if you still like it.. This test invariably works . Don’t listen for three days – then…walk in and… you know…! The three day rule maybe..

Now that all those difficulties have been noted I should also say that being in this process is also rewarding and joyful – I might even say that I love it. A simple metaphor might be that it’s like fishing. You stand at the side of the river with your line in the water and then – bam- you get a bite, and…

Making Triboluminescence was mostly fun with a few psycho moments and in the process many extra tracks – adventures outside of the official album -were made as I detuned guitars , hit different things around the studio or played one idea on several different instrument – in other words the process..

One of the challenges with making a double vinyl album- and that’s hard to believe in this day and age!– is that it is a lot of time to fill without boring everyone to death. It’s not a moment to stick in dubious material but rather a chance to display – possibly- the other routes you travelled – a picture of what went on before landing on the eleven or twelve tracks that you decide are the “statement”. These extra tracks outside of the original CD reflect some of those places … and my own brand of curiosity. Here’s a little run down.

Triboluminescence vinyl edition released on august 25

True Nature – is a track I made with Artyom Manukyan the great Armenian cellist – a pre-echo of many more tracks we have made to release next year. I think of this style as horizon music

Sam and Janet – made in the early day of Triboluminescence a combo of guitar pedal mania and drumming variations – maybe an exorcism..

Ricochet – sometimes you just want to jam…! I like the sound of this guitar on this with it’s weird wobbly character- that’s what got me going..

Uncanny Valley – I’m fond of this because of it’s stripped down fly on the wall effect and the bebop bass line at the end..

Help from Jupiter – imagine a place…

Sweet Milk – One morning I picked up a charming middle eastern instrument called a Latva – a smaller version of the classical Oud . I went to my studio tuned it in fifths and almost immediately put this track down. It reminds me of the music of Hamza El Din who was a musician I listened to a lot when I first started playing.- so! the influence comes to the surface- thank you Hamza el Din…

Better than Earth – this arrived after a cup of tea one afternoon when frustrated by something else that wasn’t working I started playing though a looper as a sort of mental yoga .. and ended up, after some judicious knob twisting with this.

Do Aliens Really Eat Dark Carbon – I reprogrammed one of my boxes on the floor to make this set of intervals which I found very seductive and was able to stand all day playing this sound over and over as if in a trance .Thus arose this..

Cool Red Dwarf – this is an example of a whole subsection of working in the studio these days – making loops – for ever and ever and ever… Some work – some don’t. I was pleased with this one…

Andy Summers
June 2017


VINYL (2 Disks, 18 tracks)

DISK 1 SIDE A (20:59)
01. If Anything
02. Triboluminescence
03. Adinkra

DISK 1 SIDE B (18:07)
04. Elephant Bird
05. Shadyland
06. Haunted Dolls
07. True Nature

DISK 2 SIDE A (20:14)
08. Gigantopithecus
09. Pukul Bunye Bunye
10. Sam and Janet
11. Ricochet
12. Uncanny Valley

DISK 2 SIDE B (18:30)
13. Help from Jupiter
14. Sweet Milk
15. Better than Earth
16. Do Aliens Really Eat Dark Carbon
17. Cool Red Dwarf
18. Garden of the Sea

Triboluminescence vinyl edition released on august 25

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Inside Musicast interview with Andy Summers

From playing clubs at the age of 16, to venturing off to London with his friend Zoot Money and formed Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band when he was 19, Andy Summers musical journey was just beginning to flourish.  Summers went on to perform with other bands and musicians including The Soft Machine, The Animals, Kevin Coyne, Jon Lord, Joan Armatrading, David Essex, Neil Sedaka, and Kevin Ayers.

But it was his gig with Strontium 90 that introduced him to Gordon Sumner and Stewart Copeland that catapulted his career into one of the most successful bands ever, The Police.  After the band’s final studio album, “Synchronicity” in 1983, Summers, like his bandmates, embarked on solo careers that continue to this day.  In fact, Andy recently released his 14th solo project “Triboluminescent” and he’s here to talk to us about it.

Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Andy Summers.

Andy Summers


Call the Police - Rehearsals

Watch Call The Police rehearsing Synchronicity II in Estúdio Nas Nuvens, Rio de Janeiro, just before touring.

Call The Police are Andy Summers, João Barone and Rodrigo Santos.

Follow the last days of the brazilian tour on Rodrigo Santos' Facebook

Tourdates :
March 31st Teatro Tom Brasil – Sao Paulo
April 6th Teatro Imperium – Cuidad del este – Paraguay
April7th Hangar 677 – Belo Horizonte – Brazil
April 8th Teatro Araujo Viana – Porto Alegre
April 12th Teatro Positivo – Curitiba
April 13th Teatro Vivo Rio – Rio de Janeiro
April 15th Paradise Garage – Teresopolis

Brazil tour dates with Call The Police

“I am very pleased to announce the first tour of “Call The Police ” our very own Police tribute band – Including me Ha Ha! I am playing with two wonderful and legendary Brazilian musicians Rodrigo Santos on bass and vocals ( Red Baron /Barão Vermelho) and Joao Barone on drums (Os Paralamas do Sucesso) … let's have fun…”

Andy Summers

Brazil tour dates with Call The Police

The tour dates for Brazil

March 31st Teatro Tom Brasil – Sao Paulo
April 6th Teatro Imperium – Cuidad del este – Paraguay
April7th Hangar 677 – Belo Horizonte – Brazil
April 8th Teatro Araujo Viana – Porto Alegre
April 12th Teatro Positivo – Curitiba
April 13th Teatro Vivo Rio – Rio de Janeiro
April 15th Paradise Garage – Teresopolis

Andy Summers - Triboluminescence

Andy Summers rose to fame in the early 1980’s as the guitarist of the multi-million record selling rock band - The Police. The Police were the number one band of the time and dominated the music scene and the media in the 80s with several number one records. Summers’ innovative guitar playing created a new paradigm for guitarists in this period and has been widely imitated ever since.

Triboluminescence Andy Summers

Prior to the Police, Summers played with various bands in the London scene, including The Animals, Soft Machine, Kevin Coyne and Kevin Ayers. After the band’s dramatic exit from the music scene, Summers continued to develop his interest in photography as well touring, recording as a solo artist, composing for films (including 2010, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Wild Life and Weekend at Bernie's), writing books, and exhibiting his photography. Over the years, Summers has collaborated with many fellow musicians as well as a number of fellow-guitarists, including Robert Fripp, John Etheridge, Victor Biglione, Benjamin Verdery, Roberto Menescal , Fernanda Takai and Rodrigo Santos..

Triboluminescence: Triboluminescence is the follow up recording by Andy Summers to his 2016 release Metal Dog. In this latest release, Summers once again delves into the deep exotic textures which characterized Metal Dog saying that part of his quest is always to find fresh if not alien sounds that avoid all the standard electric guitar clichés. “We are now living in a world of a billion guitarists “he says “so the struggle to swim upstream, sound different and make original music has become more difficult, but then maybe that is a good challenge. I play for an audience of one – yours truly. Maybe it’s the music of narcissism-although that’s not how I think of it- but I have to end up with something that I like outside of commercial concerns - but if you in the game these days you face a barrage of likes and dislikes.
Everyone is a critic now…”But if Summers takes a position on his music he proves it with the disparate exotic threads and lyricism heard on the tracks of Triboluminescence - generated from non-standard tunings – hammered guitars in tandem, looping , baritone guitar , terz guitar percussion and fretless bass and cello. Summers plays all instruments on the album apart from cello by Artyom Manukian


If Anything
Elephant Bird
Haunted Dolls
Pukul Bunye Bunye
Garden Of The Sea

Released: 24th March 2017

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