Tilted Axes: From Flash Mob To Studio Project

New York has been home to many musical innovations, and while it may seem to be pop’s shadow compared to Los Angeles, its experimental nature has been concocting new and exciting ways for artists to make their mark for decades.

Images of SoHo lofts, Andy Warhol’s contemporaries and graffited subway cars may come to mind when people think of experimental music coming from New York City. And while it is true that the average artist is looking elsewhere to shed their craft, New York’s lofty rents haven’t rid the city of its creative trouble makers just yet.

Into the mix comes Tilted Axes, the perfect name for a slightly off kilter group of guitarists that pull off some of the crazier music based flash mobbings in the world. With mini-amps strapped to their sides, members of Tilted Axes play through the work of composer Patrick Grant, who essentially heads the Axes, while walking the city streets. Though live recordings of the prgroupoject exist due to the omnipresence of cellphones and curious onlookers, the project is a studio polished rendition meant to attract and even wider audience.

Geared towards prog rock and 80s experimentalism, listeners who are into rock and heavy guitar work will find this music up their alley. Those into other genres, but equipped with an open ear will find elements of joy in the music as well, as the project has a vast range of styles and moods. A track like “Pedal Swells” creates relaxing soundscapes reminiscent of ambient study music, while a song like “Techno Tilt” has the driving rhythm of a classic rock ballad.

Give the album, Music For Mobile Guitars a listen on BandCamp.

Eric Cullen is a multimedia artist and musician, known as Cully on the stage and in the hearts of many. When you're done reading his wonderful musings on music, art, and culture you can check out his music on Soundcloud under the moniker Coolest Cully.