RECORDINGS: COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATIONS
The document, then, is no longer for
history an inert material through which it tries to constitute what
men(sic) have done or said, the events of which only the trace remains;
history is now trying to define within the documentary material itself
unities, totalities, series, relations.
"To develop improvisation as a primary means of making music it will be
necessary for most of us to change the ways we receive music (hear and
listen). The expectations that have developed from centuries of
being exposed almost exclusively to preconceived music carried out by
non-autonomous performers have made many of (most of) us uncomfortable
with and/or unable to understand the unknown and the unexpected.
We will need to refocus our sense of expectation, learn to embrace the
anomalies implicit in spontaneous self-organization, suspect the
triteness implicit in order that derives from pre-limitations. As
players we will have to re-think our expectations of ourselves and each
other, rely less on roles and more on deeper levels of
cooperation. We will have to learn to accept our symbioses
without feeling disempowered by them (not an easy step in a society
based of selfishness) and develop forms of symbiosis that free, rather
than restrain, us."
Several of these recordings are available as mp3s from CDBaby for $2.
Selections are downloadable free from Noisejunk.
All Anarchestra recordings are issued by re-evolve/re-evolve.
VOID IF DETACHED (76:42)
recorded 8-1-07 at labyrinth speakeasy
This was an unscheduled session that took place the afternoon after our
regular tuesday night. The first 12+ minutes were edited out to
fit it on a single cd. Although 24 tracks are listed, it is a
single continuous piece. The track divisions were put in to make
it amenable to shuffle play (I may eventually remaster all the long
live recordings this way). The divisions were marked on the fly
so they tend to fall a few seconds after they would if they'd been
planned (sometimes I had to cross the room to push the requisite
void if detached from cdbaby
Contingent (51:51) re-ev018
recorded december 16-18, 2006 in santa fe
Garry Transue came to the studio intending to sample sounds for an
audio/visual installation and decided to play instead. He called
his collaborator, sound designer Bill Wolford, who came from Seattle
for the sessions. With Dawn and Alex they played for several
hours over the next few days. These nine pieces are some of the
music they made.
remnant (27:42) re-ev017
recorded november 17, 2006 in santa fe
This is the last recording made by the remaining members of the regular (Plenum)
group (without Dezbah, who had moved to Chcago) at the studio in Santa Fe.
DRY ICE (38:19) re-ev015
recorded august 12, 2006 in Santa Fe
Gaspard Cabanes & Alex Ferris (Anarchestra)
The sounds on this recording were made by contacting various metal
objects (ranging from a streetlight housing and a step ladder to the
instruments Daisy and Dish) with chunks of dry ice (-109.3 F).
The metal vibrates as its heat causes the dry ice to sublimate (melt
into CO2)) where the two make contact. The pressure of the
expanding gas pushes the metal away from the dry ice and it stops
sublimating. In microseconds the dry ice re-contacts the metal
and the cycle repeats causing periodic vibrations (i.e., sounds).
Dedicated to Ndrew Kirkpatrick
anarchestra: plenum (62:57) re-ev014
recorded live june 7, 21, 28, 30, 2006
in santa fe
gaspard: sacre bleu, botree
dezbah: voice, pharo, ‘sprong
dawn: quesera, smile
alex: basuka, sprawl, bish-bosh
plenum is both the name of this cd and a subtitle (of anarchestra)
designating this specific group of people. In may of 2006, after
playing all the instruments for several months, we decided to select a
few and play only them as we would in a more conventional band. We also
decided to investigate playing short (5 minute and less) pieces instead
of continuous (hour plus) improvisations. As in the past, we didn’t
discuss or direct what we would play prior to playing it.
The sixteen pieces included here are from our (usually) weekly
sessions. They are presented in chronological order to document the
evolution of our responses to this approach. Some have been edited for
time (beginnings and endings), but no content has been altered. As
always, no effects or processors (other than simple amplification) were
used to alter the natural sounds of the instruments.
Well . . . the Moon is in Scorpio (23:13) re-ev013
For 11 instruments and voice
Recorded may 10, 2006 in santa fe
smile, botree, 'sprong, bish-bosh, 2 sly for 1, big drum, bootzilla, guillotine, daisy, monte, sacre bleu, voice
Dawn, Dezbah, Gaspard, Alex
We selected this group of instruments to accommodate space constraints
for a performance at High Mayhem. This recording was our rehearsal. Owing to technical problems, the
show itself didn’t get recorded.
High Mayhem 2005 (54:07) re-ev009
played by participants in the High Mayhem 4th Annual Emerging Music and Arts Festival, October 7-9, 2005, at the Bikanda space.
86 samples of joyful noise ranging from 27 to 57 seconds taken at five
minute intervals from the hours of tapes of collective improvisations
covering the three nights of the interactive installation. This
arbitrary method (core sampling) seemed like the best way (short of a
multi-cd set) of representing the marathon performance and including
the contributions of as many of the (200-300) participants as possible.
The samples are presented in the sequence in which they occured and
listeners can infer and/or extrapolate (if they want to) what
continuities / discontinuities developed between the samples and over
the course of the festival. No effort was made to editorialize the
Thanks to all at High Mayhem (particularly Keith) for a great working
experience, Bikanda for use of their space, and all of the participants
for making the noise.
Hot Flash (55:13) re-ev008
played by Gaspard Cabanes, Linzi Arundale, Alex Ferris
Instrumentation: all instruments available
This is an unedited collective improvisation (55:13) recorded direct to
two tracks at the studio / workshop on September 4th, 2005.
Labyrinth Speakeasy (67:41) re-ev002
contains excerpts from Lith and 68 Chihuahuas (pt 2), longer collective
improvisations from February 2003. Six people (Alex, Charmaine, Linzi,
Paul, Rod, and Scott) participated. The music was recorded direct to
two-track at Labyrinth Speakeasy, a multimedia performance center (i.e.
barn) operated by Rod Welles.
October 10 pts 1 & 2
A.D.D. pt. 1 the timidity factor pt. 2
moment /um pts 1 & 2
last full moon
All the instruments were accessible to all the players.
Frieze pts 1 & 2
Sleeping Gods Lie
Consensus of Silence
68 Chihuahuas pts 1 & 2
square root of minus one
the geese have no choice
The 2002 and 2003 recordings are collective
involving six or more players filling whole CDs and sometimes running
over 80 minutes (hence pt 1 pt 2). All of these are available. If you
contact me (anarchestra@Yahoo.com)
make you a copy and you can contribute something to me (money, blanks,
old parts/electronics, whatever). (Factoid: CDs were originally made to run 74
minutes because that was long enough to hold the glorious 9th of Ludwig
Van. The chairman of Sony probably didn’t think any music
needed to be
longer than that.)