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I am Micah Ethan Atwell, a guitarist and composer of distinctively outsider ambient, electronic, hard rock, and alternative music. My sound and approach are unschooled and slightly unconventional, but employ typical rock band gear (guitars, bass, drums, effect pedals, and occasionally my ratty old Yamaha synth). While I love to play and learn different instruments, I've had to use what little gear I own to get my ideas out.

I began teaching myself to play guitar and write songs in 1991 at the age of 16, with only a Mel Bay chord book, my ears, and favorite bands to guide me. I spent my formative years writing mostly rock, blues, and metal, before gravitating towards more experimental soundscapes. This allowed me to tap into a much greater list of influences and expand my creative vision.

I tried the 'band thing' early on and while it was a lot of fun and highly beneficial, I discovered I was not a performer. Where I felt at home was in writing and recording. As for my approach, I try to not funnel the music into a particular direction or genre, but rather just let it become what it wants to become. I may start with a particular outcome in mind, but the music is always different when it's done. Instead I strive to accept music as its own being, to be the conduit for it, and exercise just the right amount of creative judgement in bringing it into form.

In 2006-7 I studied under the legendary guitarist George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob/KXM) via his Guitar Dojo. George, who has undoubtedly been my biggest influence, helped me tighten up my chops, think even more outside the box, and very graciously critiqued some of my recordings. Eternal thanks, G!

Professionally and socially I go by Ethan, though for many years I released music under my first name as it was more unique. I am now releasing music as part of projects that may at times include other artists, with my main focus currently on the Otherend project.

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13th B'ak'tun EP

13th B'ak'tun EP features four apocalyptic rock/metal instrumentals (3 + 1 bonus track), heralding the momentous end of the Mayan 13th B'ak'tun calendar cycle on December 21st, 2012. This EP is available for free downloading and streaming.

Temple of Unmanifest Dreams album

Micah Atwell's 2008 debut concept album, Temple of Unmanifest Dreams, is an adventurous and meditative ambient-electronic guitar odyssey like you've never experienced. This compilation takes you on an enigmatic search for the origin of creativity and returns you more peaceful, rejuvenated, and inspired. Recorded almost entirely with guitar, Temple is an astounding testament to what a guitar can convey! In 2015, Otherend re-released the album, with new visuals, as Unmanifest to bring the music to a wider audience.

Undistributed

This is a catalog of older draft recordings and demos (circa 1994-2011) that were never officially distributed (though many had been posted on the web over the years). The recordings vary in quality but are posted for posterity.

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