Cutlasses is the solo project of Scott Pitkethly. The compositions combine field recordings, recorded from various sites around the British Isles, which are heavily manipulated using DIY electronic controllers and effects he has designed and built himself, accompanied by live guitar drones and melodies. Taking cues from the world of sound art and horror film soundtracks but always trying to apply pop sensibilities, the result is lush and cinematic soundscapes topped with delicate melody.
Checkout the blog for details on how some of these DIY instruments are made. Most of the devices are open source, so you can make them yourself. Check out the github here.
The new album, ‘Clutching At Conscious’ is available now https://cutlasses.bandcamp.com/releases
Gorgeous, personal music with a raw aesthetic that seems interwoven with how it’s made. That is, the assembly of the code and hardware is tied up with the textures that result, in eerie, meditative digital sonic surfaces against organic acoustic rhythms.
Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music
There is a punk like approach to these tracks, deep electronic bass sounds, beats, overdriven guitar textures, melody but with a live feel and raw edge
Louder Than War