Cinema Guitar is an ambient and soundscape music project founded by Seattle, Washington area guitarist Dave Hoskins.
“Honestly, it all started a few years back as an exercise; something to break me out of my pop rock comfort zone; but then I noticed that even while I was playing the drones and melodies were having a physical effect on me. I found myself slipping into a peaceful, meditative, almost transient state. If my wife was home she would make a point of telling me how much she liked what I was doing - and she can be a tough critic - so I thought maybe I had something with good potential.
It was summer, 2007 and Hoskins had been experimenting with techniques used by minimalist composers and musicians like Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Steve Roach, Philip Glass as he looped, layered and manipulated guitar parts in a series of improvised sessions at his home studio.
The resulting album, Biomes, was often described by listeners as sounding "very cinematic" and that’s when Cinema Guitar was born. “My intention with this music is to elevate the listener, to give you a little boost. It might sound simplistic, but I really just want people to feel good while listening to it. If you want to pay actively attention - great - But if you just want to let it run in the background and be a part of your sensual atmosphere, that’s good too.”
These days Dave records and plays Cinema Guitar shows both alone and in collaboration with other musicians. “I really enjoy having other musical ideas and points of reference to work off of during the group sessions. It’s like a discussion with friends where you might make your points but then you consider and take in others too. In the end I’m different because of the musical exchange. I’ve learned something and grown from the process and the music I make going forward will have to reflect the change.