Impulse Nine is an instrumental post-rock and ambient music project. Its signature sound is a guitar-driven and textural; alternately shimmering and towering, a blend of the best of post-rock, rock, ambient, and experimental music. Impulse Nine began as and remains a solo project started on a tape recorder in 1998, in Tucson, AZ. The official website is at impulsenine.com.
Most of the songs are guitar-based instrumental tracks that borrow from a wide variety of genres, including post-rock, rock, ambient, soundscape, blues, metal, and others.
In 1999, the first album, Girl, was recorded on rudimentary technology and is not publicly available. One day it will be re-recorded, but at the moment efforts are being concentrated on finishing new projects.
In 2001, the second album, Ultraviolet, was released through MP3.com, back in the heady days of the Net boom, Internet startups, and Napster.
In 2004, Exhaust, the first of a pair of sister albums was written. It was improvised in-studio, and is a vast leap in recording and songwriting quality. Its sound borrows from ambient, noise, folk, and rock sounds. It is best described as an experimental album full of mad sonic textures, surprising sounds and melodies, and strangely zen-like tones. Not for the faint of heart; for fans of Brian Eno, Sigur Ros, and similar artists.
In 2010, after a very long gestation period, Ignition is being finished. A maelstrom of post-rock guitar textures, thundering and sultry basslines, and epic songwriting that alternates between the towering rock of Mogwai and the subtle textures of Sigur Ros, Ignition is Impulse Nine’s take on the post-rock genre as a whole. Fans of post-rock sounds such as Mogwai and Caspian would enjoy its soundscape-influenced rock.