"The Books" and "Zammuto" have always found new ways to create sounds using unconventional methods.
Front runner Nick Zammuto has been using alternative methods to create sounds since the inception of The Books in 1999.
Having been heavily influenced by The Books throughout my life, I have found that it was inevitable that music has worked its way into my process. The Books are truly unique in that they create a dialog of sounds utilizing tapes, records and other out-of-format media to collect and arrange forgotten sounds around a new and thoughtful composition.
Nick Zammuto almost never writes or records with a percussionist - until 2011 most percussion sounds on The Books albums are made with etchings in vinyl.
Telling stories with recycled analog audio clips rather than focusing on composed lyrics seems to be a common theme throughout The Books albums. By experimenting with this method of writing, songs come to life and paint a picture in your mind as you listen.
When I listen to Nick Zammuto's work it feels like my brain explodes with creative potential and processes I never would have looked for otherwise.
After The Books formally parted ways in 2012, Nick Zammuto has put out two albums under the name "Zammuto". These albums were accomplished with the same experimental methods close to heart, but with a feel that is more groove based.
The Books (1999-2012) // Zammuto (2011-Present)
Thanks to Nick Zammuto for making sounds that expand my thoughts.
Referencing The Books:
The Zammuto mothership: zammutosound.com