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Re: xenakis and "drumming" and Jam Man

Zowee!  we get some celebrities around here, don't we?

Hi, David, wow...it's been a long time since i've heard your name.  i
didn't know you were on this list.  the last time i heard your name was the
Laurie Anderson film that had you and Adrian Belew in it...what was the
name of that?

anyway, i enjoyed your comments on the 'drumming' piece.  currently, Cliff
Novey (another LD lister), myself and another guitarist are working on a
piece that neccesitates a similar 'headspace'.  I've never done anything
quite like it before, having to be fiercly concious while letting go and
drifting in the groove at the same time.  exciting, difficult, and
rewarding all at once...whew!



>Interestingly, and related to this list, Steve Reich's work with
>"phasing" came about more as an accidental
>discovery than as an exploration of a mathematical idea.  Before
>"Drumming" came works
>involving tape loops of identical vocal material ("It's Gonna Rain")
>on different reel-to-reel tape decks that,
>after initially starting in unison, of course drifted very slowly out
>of sync with each other.
>This idea was then applied to a live musician with tape loop ("Violin
>Phase"), and then
>musicians without tape ("Piano Phase" and "Drumming"), drifting in
>and out of sync with each other
>in an organized way.
>When I played in Steve's group in the 70's, I don't believe I ever
>actually saw a score to "Drumming" - it
>was just taught to me by example.  It was an incredible piece to play
>(as were others from that era) because you had to pay attention while
>letting yourself go to become part of the group groove - a kind of
>active trance.
>Anyway, does anything exist like a stereo Jam Man?  Or is that coming
>with the Repeater?
>David Van Tieghem