Why the name?
In 1998 I needed a cool title for my solo CD, and that’s what I came up with.
Today it describes the hybrid guitar/software instrument I use in performances. The guitar functions as a controller for interactive live sound processing, but of course it is used as a sound source at the same time.
It also became a way to describe a 20-year practice of being primarily concerned with sound and rhythm. I’m using the guitar as a sonic object, played in ways commonly associated with Fred Frith (using a wide range of gadgets and mechanical preparations), and also Keith Rowe (tabletop guitar).
“Endangered” symbolizes tendencies to move away from guitar playing.