Exposé Online banner

Saint Luminus — Illumination
((Not on label) no#, 2016, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-08-21

Illumination Cover art

Saint Luminus AKA William Rustrum is a Los Angeles-based musician who left a career in electrical engineering to pursue music professionally. He enrolled in the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, learning music theory, improvisation, and how to read and write music in several genres. After graduation, he joined the Megadeath tribute band Hanger 18 on guitar for nearly a decade. Then a rare medical condition, Focal Hand Dystopia (FHD) often referred to as Musician’s Focal Dystopia (MFD), hit, leaving William unable to control his fingers. Research led William to Guitar Principals founder Jamie Andreas who maintained that William’s problem was not medical, but instead based on improper development in learning how to play the guitar. Over the course of a few months, William was able to retrain himself and coax music from his guitar that he was never able to produce before. With his skills restored, William launched into his new project, Saint Luminus, with “Illumination” being his first single. “Illumination” is four minutes of bubbly Berlin School electronics, think Tangerine Dream, providing the foundation for progressive electric guitar. William has packed so many ideas into this instrumental that it seems much longer than four minutes. Considering his history, “Illumination” is an inspiration and a testament to perseverance in the face of adversity. Hopefully we will hear more from Saint Luminus in the near future.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Saint Luminus (William Rustrum)

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bill Frisell - Bill Frisell with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones – Leave it to guitarist Bill Frisell to alternate jazz takes on American roots music with a turn together among two of the 70s' most venerated jazz sidemen who played with Miles Davis. Holland made...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues