Pantonality...a.k.a. I lost my keys!
highlight reel for 44 years of play:
Killick Hinds is a musician and writer living in Athens, Georgia. He plays a variety of unusual stringed instruments with a comprehensive approach to genres known and as-yet-unlabeled. Reinvention has been the constant throughout his creative output. He has toured extensively as a solo performer, and is an active organizer and promoter of lesser-heard music. He founded record label Solponticello in 2001, and now runs H(i)nds(i)ght for his musical and written word pursuits. Pop-culture mashups and ancient and obscure forms infuse his music; his song titles are integral to the works they embody: they result from free association without censorship, refined until they capture the tenor of a given piece of music…even if the reference remains elusive.
Killick has deeply rooted classical technique as a player, but broadens the possibilities in his music by stretching and contracting phrases temporally, conceptually, dynamically, and stylistically. The effect more closely resembles speech patterns and emotionally-drawn architecture than it does conventional Western music. Despite its eclectic nature, the music is surprisingly familiar and accessible to audiences of all ages and levels of musical involvement.
Outside interests and jobs have included yoga and lifeguard training, writing assessment, working at Daily Groceries Co-op, oceanographic research, archaeology, psychology, philosophy, and religious and women's studies. Killick has a fascination with early 80s arcade games (Bubbles, Mappy, Space Fury, Joust, and the like), plus a love for instruments and any tools that encourage linear expansion.
Some of his favorite musicians past and present include John and Alice Coltrane, Alemu Aga, Meshuggah, Sun Ra, Marilyn Crispell, Huun-Huur-Tu, Joanna Newsom, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Habib Koité, St. Vincent, Black Sabbath, Gordon Lightfoot, Mahmoud Guinia, Philip Glass, and The Police. But the primary sound influences on Killick are animals, wind, water, fire, electrical hum, and silence.
In addition to solo performances as the One (Sha)Man Band, Killick has three active groups:
Crazy Hoarse is a guitar and drum duo with John Norris; in concert, Crazy Hoarse pulls from rock, soul, metal, folk, and jazz, balanced in unpredictable ways. On record, Crazy Hoarse is a vehicle for compositional exploration featuring guest players from diverse backgrounds.
Thunder O(h)m! is a guitar/drums/piano trio with Brad Bassler on piano and Crazy Hoarse’s John Norris on drums. The guitar in Thunder O(h)m! is the Vo-96 acoustic synthesizer, giving voice to previously hidden information within vibrating strings. Thunder O(h)m! is the most atmospheric of Killick’s groups.
Pocketful of Claptonite is a guitar/drums/piano/bass quartet with Thunder O(h)m!’s Brad Bassler on piano, plus Jamie DeRevere on drums and Darrin Cook on double bass. This group plays what has been called energy music, fire music, or free jazz, with occasional forays into cinematic ambience and driving metal.
In 2012 Killick published his first book, an autobiography about the creative process called The World For A Dying Antidote.
Killick was co-curator, along with Athens musician Julie Powell Caldwell and MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark, of the Athens Creative Media Encounter (ACME) Festival in 2004, centering around the music of Peter Brötzmann.
For three years running, Killick organized The Butterfly Effect, a series highlighting new music compositions by Athens composers. Solponticello Nights and numerous concert promotions over the years, including the world premiere peformance of Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet (attendance: 1,000!), showcased local, national, and international performers for Athens concertgoers.
With host Robb Holmes, Killick helped start the popular WUGA (91.7FM) radio and television program It's Friday (which in 2015 celebrated its 300th show), presenting local and regional, well-known and yet-to-be, musical acts of all types.
Killick has performed and recorded his interpretation of Slayer’s Reign In Blood on his 18-string H’arpeggione, and was a technical consultant and interviewee for the 33 1/3 series book about Reign In Blood by D.X. Ferris.
With Pocketful of Claptonite, Killick has performed an Athens-centric cover of the underground classic Franklin Kiermyer album Solomon’s Daughter; Pharaoh Sanders’ saxophone role was played by Killick on guitar.
Killick has played with many great musicians from around the world, including Michael Manring, Beto Cacao, Kathleen Duffield, LaDonna Smith, Colin Bragg, Blake Helton, Jeff Crouch, Ezra Buchla, Thomas Helton, Mary Halvorson, Blaise Siwula, Heather McIntosh, Jeff McLeod, Sándor Szabó, Id M Theft Able, Louise D. E. Jensen, Larry Ochs, Jamie DeRevere, Darrin Cook, John Norris, Brad Bassler, Jamie Thomas, Charlie Rauh, Liz Allbee, the Shaking Ray Levis, Tom Blancarte, C.J. Boyd, Scott Eggert, Alec Livaditis, Henry Kaiser, Susan Alcorn, poet Life the Griot, and Peter Kowald, as well as Mastodon’s Brann Dailor and many musical projects with the Georgia Guitar Quartet, dancers, visual artists, multidisciplinary creatives, and many, many others.
Killick has appeared on more than 100 commercially released recordings in various styles. Killick’s work as a designer includes his own home, his full-body tattoo project, art direction with illustrator Neal Williams, a logo for a legal consulting firm, and his own “navigation wheel” logo. Collaborations with instrument builders Fred Carlson, Rick Toone, Lewis Waters, and Scott Baxendale, among others, have resulted in one-of-a-kind guitars to further explore idiosyncratic musical territory. In 2016, Killick received an Athens, Georgia Flagpole Music Award for the category of Avant-Garde.
Killick is married, has two dogs, loves to hike, and is an advocate for healthy and local food, meditation, and solar power. He eats gluten-free (silly Celiac disease), every meal.