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Disruption Theory

by Andre LaFosse

A sonic gene-splice of lead guitar, jungle beats, and fragmented post-ambient textures.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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2. Walking Stick
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3. Signify
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4. In Time
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5. The Reason Why
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In a world full of musical clones, the DNA of guitarist and producer Andre LaFosse runs rampant with rare strains of cross-breeding and gene-splicing.

His debut album, Disruption Theory, charts a collision course between formalized instrumental musicianship and street-level DJ aesthetics, going deep inside the relationship between "live" and "sampled" music to uncover connections both familiar and bizarre.

Far from a contrived collage of generic beats underneath conventional instrumental playing, Disruption Theory functions as a natural extension of LaFosse's long-term musical eclecticism.

His musical background is both wide-ranging and in-depth; the scope of his experience encompasses live performance, studio production, sound engineering, and formal musical study in everything from classical to jazz to rock to avante-garde, and countless points between.

As a result, Disruption Theory is an album that eludes easy categorization, even as a quick examination reveals elements of modern dance music, compositional approaches from both Western and non-Western traditions, and an array of guitar-oriented styles.

But in the interest of oversimplifying matters and describing it in a basic sense, Disruption Theory could be said to function as a hybrid of rock and jungle.

There are obvious elements of drum & bass all over the album; most of the songs are built around jungle-derived rhythms, and the genre's distinctively chopped-up, nonlinear logic informs the material on several levels.

But Disruption Theory is also a guitar album; aside from his rhythm section programming (and a Mellotron sample on the title track), LaFosse produced every sound on the album with an electric guitar.

The textures that adorn the album cover a vast spectrum, from bare-boned traditional guitar tones to angular post-ambient sonics utterly unrecognizable from their six-string origins.

Of course, all of this comes at a point in time when simply putting guitar lines over drum & bass rhythms is hardly an innovative gesture in itself.

Disruption Theory paints its picture in wide, complex strokes: beyond simply placing contrasting musical colors of performance and programming next to each other, the album functions as a palette that blends those hues together until an altogether different shade emerges.

The result is music that both embraces and violates convention in equal measure.

Cut-and-paste digital textures and dancefloor sensibilities are infiltrated by traces of song-like compositional structure, while melodic and harmonic conventions are filtered and chopped through a non-linear post-DJ mentality.

Disruption Theory unfolds like a map of possible paths: filled with landmarks of familiar musical territory, but charting a course that bypasses any conventional routes, to arrive at an altogether different destination.


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Foovius Foo

Fantastic electronic/heavy beat guitar album
Great CD -- I've had it since it came out and it's still in heavy rotation. This is a terrific beat-oriented, well-recorded and produced album of distorted guitar and electronics. Sadly, much better than his long-awaited follow-up recording. Get this album immediately, though. I can't really compare it to others well--perhaps an IDM approach to Belew-esque guitar might do.

CD Baby


A sonic gene-splice of lead guitar, jungle beats, and fragmented post-ambient textures.

Expose' Magazine #20 (october 2000)


Here is a guitarist whose playing has
an assuredly original kind of
American twang to it. With the
exception of some drum machine
work, all the sounds Andre LaFosse
uses to produce his music are made
by guitar. If the thought of drum
machine turns you off however read
on anyway: it actually fits right into
his scheme of music making and the
results are formiddible. Besides, the
way the machine is employed is
such that no human could ever
perform the patterns he uses.
LaFosse gives you six lengthy
instrumental portraits on this CD,
and does a fine job of imprinting his
own musical personality, rather than
skipping around to various odd
styles. His six-stringer is pumped
up with energy, creating a firestorm
of pyrotechnics and burning sounds,
but with a sensitivity to weirdness
and experimentation where need be.
The relentless surge and brisk pace
of most of these tunes are such that
only a drum machine could ever
keep up. I like how he settles into
muscular grooves with a twisted sort
of bending and slurring of tones, at
times bathed in distortion, at others
emulating a softer, Chapman Stick
texture. You may notice a dearth of
name-dropping in this review and
that is because I can't really compare
LaFosse to anyone I know of.
Perhaps Hendrix could be pointed to
but only as an iconic influence. He
seems to have roots in blues, jazz,
70's rock and probably a bit of
classical and experimental music as
well. (Classical guitar training is
likely). And he utilizes it all to create
an album that is usually made by
people who can only capture
"atmospheres" (since they can't play
guitar well). "Chops" are often
referred to disparagingly by people
who work in experimental idioms,
but Disruption Theory reveals the
difference it makes when a player
knows what he is doing. Here is one
that deserves the title "unique." (Reviewed by Mike Ezzo)

Richard Pike/none For You Dear

None For You Dear Indie Spotlight, Oct. 2000
Working in various
capacities with guitar
legend Steve Vai for
several years now,
my PO box is often
crammed full of CDs
and tapes from
aspiring guitarists
from all around the
world, eager to
display their talents
and share their
music. Ranging
from fully produced
CDs rivaling major
releases to
homemade cassettes
with handwritten
labels, some are
stunningly good,
and of course many
are still early in their
development and a
little before their
time. In more than
five years, exactly
one such recording
has made me stop
whatever I was
doing and just stare
in awe and disbelief
at my speakers,
simply absorbing its
sounds and shapes
as they tumble
forward, and loving
every minute of it,
until the end of the
last song.

That record was
Andre LaFosse's
Disruption Theory.
Fearlessly colorful
and inventive, it stirs
together elements of
rock, jazz,
electronica and
jungle rhythms into
a thoroughly
listenable package
that gets more
interesting with
every new listen.
When I found out
that every sound on
the disc, other than
the rhythm
programming and a
sole Mellotron
sample, was created
on an electric guitar,
and indeed that
every sound was
created by Andre
alone, I was again
awestruck. I'd just
been handed one of
the greatest guitar
records I've ever
heard, and it's
recorded by
someone in his 20s,
living right here in
Los Angeles.

Ladies and
gentlemen, please
allow me to
introduce you to
Andre LaFosse.

Remember the
name. Buy his
record. Thank me
later.

Yogi

Behold, The Birth Of A Genre!
Labels are the bane of any musician, since every artist out there tends to see the music they've made as unique; it's a rare occasion when that's truly the case. Andre LaFosse's record is one of those albums, blowing the doors off the perceptions of what is "allowed" on a "guitar album". Oh, it's a guitar record to be sure, but somehow that description seems to belittle the compositions. These songs are journeys, really, careening wildly back and forth from pensive beauty to truly frightening intensity. Almost every sound on the album is generated by Andre's guitar, backed by insistent and stuttering jungle-style rhythms. Is there a lot to chew on? Can you expect to be overwhelmed? Well, yes. But isn't that how great music should be?

Iowa City Press-citizen


The six pieces on Disruption Theory run from seven to ten minutes each and, except for the programmed rhythm sections (and one Mellotron sample on the title cut), every sound you hear on this high-energy effort hails from LaFosse's otherworldly electric guitar. Bits of jazz/rock fusion, electronica, industrial and techno leap in and out of the picture, but it's muscular, roaring, high-tech wizardry with a distinct rock flair which dominates the overall sound. Not for every taste, to be sure, but there's a furious creativity and inventiveness at work here which allows LaFosse to more than hold his own with the usual Guitar Player magazine ax-hero. (Reviewed by Jim Musser)

Alternative Press Magazine (september 2000)

An advanced guitar clinic, with equal parts technique, technology and taste.
Using every effects processor and MIDI voice known to man, plus some very crisp, techno-derived drum programming, Andre LaFosse conducts an advanced clinic in electric guitar technique and studio technology on Disruption Theory. And since he also has an abundance of chops and taste, what might have been shallow studio self-indulgence turns out to be a substantial and satisfying experience. Most of the six pieces adopt recognizable styles, from a supercharged bent-note blues with a strong Hendrix flavor, to boogie, swamp country and one heavily MIDI'd piece of Tangerine Dream-like space rock.
LaFosse's pieces are primarily riff-oriented; actual hummable melodies are scarce. But much can be done with a good riff, and LaFosse moves back and forth between three or four foreground/background riffs in each piece, using variations of the verse-bridge-chorus format, sounding like a supergroup with three flash guitarists -- one playing nasty fuzz licks, another working the whammy bar, a third soaring like Carlos Santana's musical double. On the title track, LaFosse drop-kicks his restraint and does the rock-star/guitar-god thing, running up and down the fretboard and just flat-out wailing. And he's damn good at that, too. For electric guitar enthusiasts everywhere, this one's essential. (Reviewed by Bill Tilland)

20th Century Guitar Magazine, February 2001


A spectacular collision of manifold musical thoughts and patterns, Disruption Theory introduces the talents of L.A.-based guitarist Andre LaFosse. Laced with a complex pattern of rock-solid drum and bass rhythms, Disruption Theory integrates an expansive spectrum of guitar sounds and visions drawing from jazz, rock, avant-garde, ambient and World Beat. With its myriad maze of sinewy jungle rhythms and otherworldly musical shadings, Disruption Theory is also very much a guitar album. In fact, LaFosse goes to great lengths to point out that all sounds on the album, aside from drum programming and the occasional Mellotron, are all created with an electric guitar. To call Disruption Theory a futuristic album would be an understatement. Using electric guitars to chart an exploratory trek into the musical twilight zone, LaFosse breaks down musical borders, and in doing so he has come up with a high-tech instrumental guitar album that is clearly daring and certainly different. (Reviewed by Robert Silverstein)

Outburn Magazine #12 (may 2000)

Unique Experimental Guitar
When one thinks of a guitar album, one thinks of characters like Steve Vai or Joe Satriani jamming away, trying to show prowess and one-ups-manship with the abiliy to play more notes than the other guy. None of these come close to describing what is heard here. Six tracks making up a full-length album with drum and percussion backgrounds, and the rest is purely guitar created. Disruption Theory is one of the best guitar albums I've ever heard, because it was written as an album. This is not a collection of intros to songs wrapped around a five to ten minute solo -- this is a written album, made with movements, meter, arrangement, and an idea in mind. Also, LaFosse obviously spends a lot of time creating the different guitar based sounds, some of which you could easily mistake for other instruments. His choices of styles and selections of tones and content herald from house, to drum & bass, to some forms of jazz, and things one can expect to hear on any number of Anime soundtracks. (Reviewed by Mike Learned)

Guitar Nine Records: The Undiscovered (april/may 2000)

Modern Guitar Flavors Jungle Rhythms
Straddling genres including jungle, experimental, rock and progressive, California guitarist Andre LaFosse has released Disruption Theory, which features six tracks of predominantly long-form compositions and improvisations. Selections such as "In Time" and "Signify" involve principles of classical right-hand guitar technique translated to an electric guitar, to produce contrapuntal lines and muting that let the instrument speak in a very precise and cleanly articulated manner. Disruption Theory's title track offers improvised 16th-notes over a modulating 8-bar progression at 180 BPM, as well as a "looping solo" recorded live in one pass with an Oberheim Echoplex. LaFosse pushes the envelope on his debut CD, drawing on many styles to deliver a signature sound.
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