DOWNLOAD "Sky Patterns" on Bandcamp (name your price): theadaptive.bandcamp.com/track/sky-patterns
In The Branches is an ambient project of mine. I recently realized that the guitar rig I built (to play across the world as The Adaptive) also works as a self-contained ambient music machine. No laptop or complicated software needed. With my effects pedals, I could actually relax and focus on playing guitar, loop and record, and listen to later while relaxing or whatever. The results were pretty exciting, so I hid in my studio for a week and recorded/released an entire album of ambient guitar music called "Expanse Sessions". You can download it on Bandcamp: theadaptive.bandcamp.com/album/expanse-sessions
I owe a lot to my gear: AMT SS-22 preamp, Eventide PitchFactor, Dunlop CryBaby Wah, MXR Compressor, then the most important parts: Strymon TimeLine Delay/Looper (with external Strymon Multiswitch) and Strymon Big Sky Reverb with Cabinet Emulation on. The signal runs stereo from the Big Sky into my Yamaha MG06X, then out to my Tascam DR-40 via 1/4" cables for 24-bit WAV recording (the quality is amazing for a portable recorder). It took me a lifetime as a guitarist (21 years) to figure out this setup, and it will continue to change as I experiment with different gear.
This song was not practiced and I could only attempt to replicate by studying the video and listening closely. But this music isn't about perfect replication, or perfect playing. It's about experimenting with atmosphere and emotion through a guitar and some effects.