Michael Brook is an unclassifiable composer and producer: from U2 to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, from Brian Eno to U. Srinivas and Youssou N'Dour...
At the beginning... Michael Brook was a sound engineer and worked in Daniel Lanois' studio. He met Brian Eno in this studio perhaps during the recording and mixing sessions for Apollo: Soundtracks and Atmospheres (released in 1983).
Hybrid was Michael's first album, and featured Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois on most of the tracks and as co-producers. Hybrid could be defined as a meeting point between Eno's On Land and Jon Hassel's Fourth World Music. Michael Brook played guitar in a very specific way, with customized electronic treatments allowing a played note to be infinite. The "infinite guitar" was (and still is) the trademark of Michael Brook's sound and music: Brook shared his secrets and his equipment with The Edge, and the "infinite guitar" sound added its specific colour to U2's The Joshua Tree (1987).
Hybrid is a great album of ambient music, where the treated guitar sounds like a trumpet or a human voice, where the background sounds and textures and the percussions sound like a field recording in some remote African tribe.
It was the starting point of an amazing career and we could list some of Michael Brook's albums:
- Captive (soundtrack, with The Edge) (1986)
- Mustt Mustt (with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) (1990)
- Cobalt Blue (solo album) (1992)
- Live at the Aquarium (live recording) (1993)
- Night Song (with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) (1996)
- Sleeps with the fishes (with Pieter Nooten) (1996)
- Albino Alligator (soundtrack) (1997)
- Black Rock (with Djivan Gasparyan) (1998)
- RockPaperScissors (2006)
- Americanese (soundtrack) (2008)