Aerial Boundaries is unquestionably one of the most groundbreaking albums in acoustic guitar history. This recording introduced Michael Hedges to the world as the ultimate acoustic guitar visionary, stretching the limits of the instrument to accommodate his exceptional musical ideas. There are moments on the record where it seems impossible that so much music is coming from one man and his guitar. Rich in classical harmony and master of fast finger techniques, Hedges' tracks feature layers of musical complexity and every performance expands the dynamic range of the instrument.
The songs on Aerial Boundaries are all beautiful and haunting and it is this emphasis on composition over technique that makes this such an important recording. Stirring, complex compositions like ''Rickover's Dream,'' ''Spare Change,'' and an ingenious instrumental take of Neil Young's ''After the Gold Rush'' are on full display. He could be seductively quiet and suddenly explosive...slow or fast, timid or thunderous.
''There was simply no one like him,'' Bonnie Raitt said of Michael Hedges following his untimely death in 1997, a very gifted performer, arranger and composer whose music sounded like nothing that had come before it.'' Aerial Boundaries remains Hedges' seminal work, and its innovations in technique, tuning, tone, and intensity combined to produce music of untarnished beauty.
''The acoustic guitar re-invented...a musical flight of fancy!''
Produced by Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, Steven Miller
Engineered by Steven Miller, Oliver Di Cicco, Bill Mueller, Michael Hedges
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio