“Improvisation” (Used 226 times)
ilzetzki on 01/11/2017 at 09:16AM
A quick look at the Wikipedia page entitled Experimental Music roughly two years ago would have disclosed that whoever wrote that article relates experimentalism in music pretty much exclusively with the NY school. As intertwined as these two might be, any person who knows the first thing about experimental music today would immediately see this definition as gravely insufficient. And indeed, visiting the same page just a few days ago disclosed some heavy editing attempting to put the topic in some broader perspective. However, the many quotes on that page from admired composers – notably, Michael Nyman and Pierre Boulez, disclose the general attitude towards an attempted definition: It seems that every side is trying to define experimentalism to the benefit of the school s/he’s affiliated with (whether this definition is favourable or not). And then, of course, there are the many musicologists trying to make sense of it all without inserting any judgement, as should be the case when trying to define something… poor souls.
My PhD research attempted a (pretty failed) look at the spectrum between open (supposedly experimental) and through composed (supposedly avant-garde) 20th century scores. Not only did I start getting a feeling throughout the research that these supposed opposites (avant-garde and experimentalism), are not in any way mutually exclusive, but I also realised time and again that the definition of experimentalism in music is as open as Walmart on black Friday! Just take a look at the “experimental” tag on this site: you’ll get anything from South American spoken word to Japanese minimal noise. And these two extremes travel through a plethora of styles that seem quite distant from, if at all exhibiting any awareness of the NY School or any other music mentioned on the aforementioned Wikipedia page. And so, a strengthened resolve started growing in me to try and make some sense of this opaque term! And I also immediately knew what methodological route I was bound to take: Past research had already taught me that that the best way to look at a subject was not from its macro to micro situation, but rather the opposite. And thus, Experimental Israel was born.
HAZE_netlabel on 12/07/2016 at 08:32AM
The new album is maybe about some roots of music. No — we are not going to descend to the roots. We just want to feel them somehow though the modern day sonic meltdown. Looks like there is still a fight down there. Chaos fights sync and melody. Pollution and creative infection fight clarity and hate musical fascism of unisons in E. Arrogant chord progressions of Rachmanonoff are undermined by microtonal synth partisans. No true winners. No justice. Just the World as is. Sorry — just the World of Fake Cats Music Laundering Machines.
TAGGED AS:avant-garde, improvisation, avantgarde, free improvisation, electro acoustic, See More...
katya-oddio on 10/18/2016 at 12:05PM
For your listening pleasure, three predominantly instrumental albums are now part of the enormous Free Music Archive catalog.
Various Artists (Eklektik Ensemble, Punkt, and Lutosławski Quartet) - Punkt Eklektik Session 1
Formal Class: Varied Classes
Classifications: Varied Genres; Downtempo; Progressive Art; Contemporary Composition
Nationality: Europe East: Poland: Warsaw
Olga Scotland (Ольга Шотландия) - Iron Flowers From Sirius
Formal Class: Art: Progressive
Classifications: Electronic; Flute; Contemporary Composition; Progressive Art; Experimental; Beats Trad; Ambient; Soundtrack; Score
Nationality: Europe East: Russia: Moscow
Hermelin - Hermelin (self-titled album)
Formal Class: Popular
Classifications: Rock; Post-Rock; Progressive Rock; Electric Guitar
Nationality: Europe West: Germany: Hannover
La_bl_netlabel on 12/08/2015 at 09:07AM
"Things Left Unsaid" is not only the testimony of a precise moment, but rather the result of a long research, composition and improvisation done by the band: there's a common area where musical elements from diametrically opposed musical worlds such as jazz and contemporary music, rock and blues coexist without forgetting the melodic vocation in each composition.
Samurau: the band (Michele Sanna - guitars; Matteo Muntoni – el.bass; Alessandro Garau- drums) after a long period of mutual courtship and knowledge among the members, was officially founded in 2014: the aim is to satisfy the need to blend in total freedom, sounds, music, different styles through their own compositions.
Andr_D on 06/08/2014 at 12:00PM
EP released with Pic Pack Music Label.
All tracks and details here [PICPACK202] Foundation Quartet - Chronicles | picpack.org.ua
Digital Percussion - Alexander Cutteridge (UK)EUB - Darius (France)Piano - Daniel Moschopoulos (UK)Sax, Percussion, ect. - Vasco Morais (Portugal)