Re: improvising

Subject: Re: improvising
From: John Kamevaar (
Date: Thu Mar 17 2005 - 17:36:09 EST

I've always been interested in the "junk" of music, but now I think it's quite
20th Century, don't you?

James Bailey wrote:

> > i've recently started experimenting with using my laptop as a live
> > instrument, totally improvising, with no prepared sessions or clips or
> > what have you.
> Hi Damian,
> Welcome to the list, and to improv. Fun, ain't it? (both of them).
> > this means i can play alongside 'real' musicians in a free improv
> > environment and communicate with them musically in real time, which i'm
> > finding is an amazing experience, far better than i'd ever thought
> > possible with a computer.
> It's sometimes called "flying by the seat of your pants," and can be both
> frightening and exhilarating, often at the same time.
> > problem (or not?) is that i have little or no background for comparison
> > with what i'm doing. i'm fumbling about in the dark, which is great fun,
> > but i'm wondering whether i'm covering ground other people have explored
> > already.
> Everybody engaged in free improvisation is doing the same, it's the nature
> of the beast. Even if you *are* covering pre-trodden ground, it will still
> be different (you can never step in the same stream twice).
> Computers have come a long way in the last few years as regards their live
> performance capabilities. I'm not sure what you are using, but there are
> plenty of "soft"-synths available with incredible capabilities. I also
> can't tell where you're located, but if it's anywhere near Toronto, go to
> the Ambient Ping on March 30th, at the Hacienda to see what the Canadian
> Electronic Ensemble are doing these days (they've been around for almost
> 35 years). Now they are almost exclusively laptop based. Check out
> for lists of events. It's a weekly series of live
> ambient/experimental music, and many of the participants use laptops. Not
> me, though, I'm still an analogue junkie, and by that I mean that most of
> my gear *is* junk. ;-)
> James Bailey
> host: Electric Storm / A Missing Sense
> CKLN-FM 88.1 Toronto

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