Stereocilia is Bristol based guitarist and composer, John Scott. John uses his guitar, analog synths and live looping techniques to create dense, rich layers of sound.
Over the past 10 years John has performed all over the UK and Europe with various projects. in the past he has shared a stage with acts including: Ben Frost, Gnod, Daniel Lanois, Ex-Easter Island Head, White Hills, Acid Mothers Temple, Josef Van Wissem, Yuri Landman, Mick Turner (The Dirty Three), Noveller, and performed in three of Rhys Chatham’s guitar Orchestras. He has also presented work for live radio broadcasts, and regularly composes for Short Film.
John’s Debut album Mumurations came out on his Echoic Memory Label in November 2013, bookended by two E.P’s and a string of compilation appearances. 2016 saw the release of his second album, The Road to the Unconscious Past. In 2017 he released 2 E.P’s, one on Low Point, the other on Champion Version. 2017 saw the release of ‘Hive Mind’ on Brighton based label Drone Rock Records. Spring of 2019 will see the release of Stereocilia’s 4th album, ‘The Silence That Follows’, also out on Drone Rock Records.
“Transfixed by the immersive and atmospheric set, I was rocking back and forth in my seat staring intently. Hypnotic doesn’t cover it” Bristol In Stereo May 2019
“…once again an amazing amalgam of cinematic emptiness… a series of tracks that engender vast topographic soundscapes in the mind.” Fragmented and Flaneur April 2019
“From my first listen, it quickly rose to become one of my favourite releases of the month, excelling especially in the clarity of its higher frequencies.” Bandcamp Daily Album of the Month April 2019
“…A true cathartic experience which turns into a beautiful cinematic sound-scape.” Echoes and Dust March 2019
“Ambient washes and guitar loops serve up Stereocilia’s trademark mesmerisation and lush textured drones on the opening ‘i’. By all means take your pick of wormholes, though – there are five of them including an epic ‘v’ spanning more than half an hour” Terrascope August 2018
“…Stereocilia does something unusual, out of it’s box and that’s great”
Vital Weekly June 2018
“By the end of the record you really feel like you’ve been on a journey… one that you may be in a hurry to repeat.”
Psychic Light October 2017
“Yet again Drone Rock have brought us something different and thought-provoking. ‘Hive Mind’ works on so many levels it is staggering….”
Dayz Of Purple and Orange October 2017
“It’s a sometimes hazy, always pretty testament to the power of ambient drone”
Echoes and Dust May 2016
“A sweet pillow of sound that echoes around the room in drifts of light, beautiful and relaxing, the sound of tranquillity at its best.” – Slow Motion Review
Terrascope December 2015
“The result invokes a post-apocalyptic landscape of decaying structures and haunted fields.” – Slow Motion Review
Avant Music News April 2015
” Background layers fall away leaving only his guitar picking” –
Live Review. Spirit of Gravity December 2014
“Like John Fahey in an Echo Chamber” – Fractal Meat Cuts Volume 1.
Freq Magazine November 2014
“A sprawling soundscape of warm drones” – Live Review.
Drunken Werewolf November 2014
“With his guitar, London’s John Scott has found an Archimedean point from which he can move the world” –
Igloo Magazine September 2014
“This ebb and flow is expertly paced” – Murmurations Album Review.
Radio Free Midwich April 2014
“Murmurations is a strong body of work that is both technically innovative and powerfully evocative.” – Murmurations Album Review.
TheSpoonerSpouts January 2014
“A subtle ooze of medication in mellow glows of diffusing contour, as if you were standing on that drifting tide-line of drone, your eyes mirrors, reflecting the infinite curve of perpetually folding gravities.” – Murmurations
Rottenmeats December 2013
“Scott lets his guitar run free in an endless set of delay and loop pedals and takes a lot of time to meander about. Which is of course a fine thing.” – Murmurations Album Review.
Vital weekly 907 2013
“Cascades of guitar notes, plucked, strummed and eased from the guitar with seemingly effortless ease, the sure sign of a master craftsman” – Murmurations Album Review.
Terrascope November 2013
“Just as the audience are completely hypnotised into submission, he is gone. Mission accomplished.” –
Brighton Noise Live Review November 2013