Welcome to Breakdown, an unofficial resource and discussion list about the innovative guitarist/producer Michael Brook. This site is infrequently updated, but contains a great deal of background info which will remain online. For up-to-date news and information, visit Michael Brook's official site and MySpace page.

Instrumentation Technical details infinite guitar and buzz bass
photographs by Steven Davey

A recording engineer and producer (who wishes to remain anonymous) has submitted the following information on the technical side of Michael Brook's music. Take this information with a grain of salt. It's not the point, really. Just some interesting notes for practicing musicians (and trainspotting fans!).

Define your terms

Brook follows strongly in the tradition of Brian Eno in creatively accrediting intrumentation in album credits. Most often, these credits are more descriptive of the character of a musician's contribution than a more traditional credit could be. However, some of oddball names may be pretty enigmatic or otherwise beg illumination. What are the infinite guitar and buzz bass?


A breakdown of the equipment Michael Brook was using live in 1993. Also, an explanation of how Brook achieves his signature guitar tone.


A blow-by-blow of how Brook achieves the atmospheric track Ultramarine.

photograph by Steven Davey photograph by Steven Davey