Classwar Karaoke is proud to release the Bob Ostertag album, Say No More Volume 1.
Originally released separately as Say No More (1993) and Say No More in Person (1994). Re-issued in MVORL limited edition in 2002. With Joey Baron (percussion), Mark Dresser (bass), Gerry Hemingway (percussion) and Phil Minton
(voice). Assembled on computer from fragments of solo improvisations. Ostertag writes: I began the Say No More project by asking each player to record solo improvisations, separately, with no communication with each other nor instruction from me. I then took the resulting tapes and, using a digital editing system, broke the solos into fragments and assembled a "band" piece by piece from the splinters. The resulting tape became the first Say No More cd (1993), including the compositions Say No More and Tongue-Tied. This is probably the first group in the history of music to release a cd without having played a note together, or even met. I then created a highly unorthodox score of these compositions I had created on the computer using the solo improvisations as sources. I gave both the parts and the computer-generated tape back to the musicians, instructing them to learn their parts. The result was Say No More as a performance ensemble, and the Say No More in Person cd, recorded in October 1993 at ORF-Vienna. It features the compositions from the first cd, but in their transformed, concert rendition.
About Bob Ostertag:
Pioneering avant-garde sampling artist who came up in the same downtown NYC improv community as John Zorn and Fred Frith. Two years ago, Ostertag made his entire discography available for free download under Creative Commons two years ago at bobostertag.com, and wrote an essay explaining himself which you can read here. Ostertag explains that "my principal interest is not in music distribution per se, but in the free exchange of information and ideas". This would seem to fit his approach to art and life; Ostertag is a well-regarded author and political activist, and in the mid 80s, Ostertag took a break from music to focus on the political crisis in Central America. He returned to composition in 1991 with Sooner or Later, which is built around a sample of a young El Salvadorian boy burrying his father. His most recent work, w00t, is an incredible 50-minute expedition composed entirely from fragments of computer game music. -Jason Sigal 11/2008 Beware of the Blog
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