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Extraneous Solutions

Extraneous Solutions is the brain child of Classical Guitarist and co-founder of Pure Kirtan, Joshua Hall.

In February of 2015, I decided that I would write a new melody or riff every week and write, record, and release the best of these as a song or instrumental every month. Unfortunately, what I was writing did not fit neatly into Pure Kirtan’s genre or the genre of Solo Classical Guitar music. So, I created Extraneous Solutions to be a band that could release whatever I happened to make up. As an artist, it is incredibly liberating to be free of genre expectations and follow through on ideas and compositions that otherwise would be left unrecorded.

I realize this can be a stretch for the listener as you might really enjoy a song like “Vapor Proof Suit” or conversely “Let’s Get a Cat” and want to hear more just like that. But as an artist, I long to be free of that box. I love creating music – ALL KINDS OF MUSIC – The underlying structures and musical elements may change stylistically but the act of creating is the same. It is all about Expressing Myself in the Truest way Possible and giving my whole self to the creative process. No restrictions, just make music.

Why Release It? The hardest step in the creative process is setting the creation free to the public. It opens the door to criticism, rejection, and failure. It also means that you have to Finish It. When it is Released – it is Finished. I am not going back to the tracks to adjust something, tweak the master, or recreate the album art. It’s done – I have to let it go.

Releasing It also means I am serious about these compositions. They may be fun or humorous but the act of creating them is no joke. There is a voice that plagues all artists – it whispers in your ear “you can’t make that, no one will take you seriously”. So we spend all this time trying to make “Real Music” when in reality – all forms of music are real.

I chronicle this journey and share the my creative process in my blog at and you can see videos on my YouTube channel "Shavasana Kitty".