off - the sound of memory mix
Was about to mail some recordings to EB when, quite by accident, the tumblr post and the SoundCloud link began playing on top of themselves. Suddenly, what were documents of an improvisation began to sound (to my ears) like composed music. Too long to act as a delay, the memory of a snatch of melody, a noise, or a sound drifts in and out and starts to form a rhythm. Improvisors usually don’t like recording sessions, its attraction is its momentary existence. For example, Derek Bailey; “… I think think an improvisation should be played… and then completely forgotten.” Once recorded, they are forever fixed, to be learnt and remembered.
These posts on tumblr are exactly that, they serve really as a diary (what with my own failing memory) or for other participating musicians to listen back to. But some times they seem to come up with their own ideas.