The Amplif***er is 18 further explorations in my Appalachian Trance Metal songbook. The goal for this project was to capture the interior and exterior life of my 18-stringed acoustic instrument called the H\'arpeggione, a.k.a. Devil Cello. I went for maximum transparency across an extremely wide dynamic range, from whisper quiet to all get-out. It was all recorded live, first takes, with no edits or overdubs. The H\'arpeggione is naturally soft-spoken, and after years of trial and error, engineer Tom Lewis and I arrived at our recording solution: four microphones, a contact mic, a pickup, two amplifiers, and then the whole lot was run through a p.a. speaker and that too was recorded. All the signals were then blended in the mix. Some moments are the most intense sounds of acoustic musical instrument origin I\'ve ever heard, pushing the physical limits of (myself and) the H\'arp. The title The Amplif***er refers to the ambiguity between \'acoustic\' and \'electric,\' as we\'re typically dealing with both in most musical presentations, despite any marketing concepts to the contrary. It\'s also a musing on post-electricity creativity, and I hope fun and sexy, something sometimes painfully absent in \'serious\' music. Song titles include Beautifficult, Mouthbereaver, Symbol Grab, Not A Could In The Sky, and many other challenges to grammar and spell checkers everywhere... About the artist: Killick of Athens, Georgia has loved sound in all it's forms - silence, noise, organized and disorganized, since he was a baby. Attending a KISS concert at age 5 (thanks Mom!) cemented it. He immersed himself in all popular and unpopular styles equally and studied music theory during high school, learning the concepts of Western harmony, melody, rhythm, and written music, which he now tends to ignore. ? Killick is best known as a performer on his one-of-a-kind, 18-stringed H\'arpeggione. With focus, humility, and wit, Killick recontextualizes familiar vocabularies into something past classification, creating beautiful and kinetic threads of sound.