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Re: Blank slates / free improv (was: The Artist's Right To Be Boring)
Matt and everybody,
That was a damn fine post. I enjoyed it so much that although I have
nothing to say I reply only to give rotation, if someone should have
missed Matt's post on the first loop.
Greetings from Sweden
On 29 jun 2007, at 01.57, Matt Davignon wrote:
> A funny thing about free-improv is that here in the San Francisco Bay
> Area there's a lot of jazz-influence (especially European jazz) on
> 'new music' performances. So if you tell someone you're going to do
> some free-improvisation, most folks assume you're going to play in a
> very jazzlike form (and the instruments are usually stand-up bass,
> drums, and sax/clarinet/trumpet/guitar).
> So, folks who want to communicate that they're really doing free music
> and not jazz have started adopting Derek Bailey's "Non-Idiomatic
> Improvisation" term.
> However N.I.I. has developed its own recognizeable musical traits as
> well - mostly acoustic groups (perhaps with one token member playing
> the further-unspecified "electronics") playing small, non-commital
> sounds, and avoiding like the plague anything that may sound coherent.
> I'm doubtful that there is or should be such a thing called "free
> improvisation" or "non-idiomatic improvisation", so I guess there has
> to be an understanding that performers are going to be pulled in
> directions based on who they are, what they've heard, and the nature
> of the instrument they happen to be holding. Personally I like to
> think of the individual musicians I know as microgenres in themselves,
> and the fun is learning what they're all about, and hearing how they
> interact with other microgenres.