“Tingen has discovered a new approach to music in general, and the guitar in particular. ”
– John McLaughlin, composer and guitarist.
Dec 6, 2013–Updates have been scarce in recent monthts, in part because someone broke into my site and quite a bit of maintenance and clean-up had to be done. But expect many updates in the near future, particularly in the Music Words section, with screen shots of my current article in SOS about Mike Crossey, and interviews with Sigur Ros and Jack White coming up.
My ‘Zen’ guitarist tag was first used in a description of me in the London listings mag Time Out, because my music is in part inspired by the Zen practice of Thich Nhat Hanh. You can listen to my music on this site, and if you like it, please purchase the tracks you’ve enjoyed, or the entire album from which they came. Check out the Music page and the New Music column to the right for what’s new.
A large part of this site contains my interviews with artists, engineers, and/or producers that cannot elsewhere be found on-line in the English language. I’ve also written a book on the electric music of Miles Davis, and articles on other subjects than music. All these find their home in the Words section of this site. Check the New Words column to the far right for what’s new.
This web site has been beautifully and expertly designed by Nicole Dreyer.
My debut album, May The Road Rise To Meet You appeared in 1997, and its follow-up, Metamorphosis, will be released later this year, a whopping 16 years later. I will be posting individual tracks as and when recordings are completed. The legendary Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John) has done a string arrangement, and Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, My Morning Jacket) is also helping out.
I’ve also arranged and played a guitar part for a section in a new documentary movie, The Secret Of The Five Powers, about the peace efforts of Thich Nhat Hanh and others during the Vietnam war. I’ll soon also be uploading videos of me playing classical guitar pieces, and you can contact me if you’d like guitar lessons, on-line or in person, or would like to book me for performances..
My current Inside Track in Sound on Sound magazine is Mike Crossey mixing and producing the 1975′s debut album. Additional photos and screen shots well be uploaded shortly.
Other new articles feature Flood and Catherine J Marks on the making of Foals’ Holy Fire, and Tomasso Colliva and Adrian Bushby divulging many details on the recording of Muse’s The 2nd Law.
Coming up are articles on the making of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Push The Sky Away, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Mosquito, Phil Tan on mixing Rihanna’s monster hit “Diamonds”, Jack White about his Blunderbuss album, Paul Epworth about writing and producing Adele’s “Skyfall,” and additional screen shots of sessions by Led Zeppelin, Les Misérables, Gotye, Joss Stone, and many others.