[Stremes-l] Re: Simply Jamming
roger at eartrumpet.org
Thu Dec 3 15:42:55 MST 2015
Sounds like an interesting session Ken. Did you record it ?
Ethernet Orchestra often get together for a play, ‘simply' for our own enjoyment or sometimes with the purpose of recording but it is definitely liberating !
For me, it’s one of the most enjoyable things about improvisation in that you can just connect with others and share these moments of creativity and learn new things.
I’m also reminded of the early days of free improvisation whereby people like Derek Bailey and Evan Parker et al. used to get together in the backroom of a London pub and just play. It was often noted that there were more musicians than audience members !
While i I haven’t done a networked session with that amount of latency for a while, it does require different approaches and can yield some interesting results !
As the man himself once said "Improvisation is a basic instinct, an essential force in sustaining life. Without it nothing survives" 1(Bailey 1992)
Let’s start posting audio here too !
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> I (in Beijing) had a great Jam with Ethan Cayko at the university of calgary
> yesterday. His master’s degree is concerned with rhythmic complexities/opportunities
> of network music.
> We tested the network for a bit, found some problems and ‘tuned’ our jacktrip connection.
> There was a 215ms delay, which we determined amounted to about 140bps.
> however, when I started jacktrip in loop mode and Ethan played with the echo,
> we found the actual beat (ricochet) to be around 127bpm. Seems reasonable since
> a bit more delay is introduced by the software, hardware and actual-air in both studios.
> Then we started jamming. It was a pleasure, just to sync into our particular
> beat profile based on our distance. The interesting part, is that we are hearing
> two different pieces - as I play off his beat and he plays off mine. We are, relatively
> speaking, mutually one beat offset from each other's history.
> We aim to add a third node, which will have its own unique delay time with each of us.
> So with the addition of just one node, ethan will be playing in a complex rhythmic
> mode and I will playing in another. While we will be hearing 3 different pieces as a result,
> it will still be a unique composite - given the coupling/triangulating. We are playing
> simply and looking for emerging genre in this.
> The main point in this for me, was that there was no intention but to jam.
> No theory, no crash rehearsal just before a performance. This is the way to develop a project.
> When the music gets going, we can just open up the session, and start broadcasting to youtube.
> Let the practice grow from a grounded, experiential reality.
> We both commented afterwards, that we had been trying to get to that point
> for a long time (years) - given all the complexities of (yes) organizing bandwidth,
> developing software, getting comfortable with the ‘multi-chronotopical space,’
> starting courses and grad programs, writing grants, etc. Just play!
> And it coincides with the impetus to get this list going.
> AND I’m reading Bergson’s Creative Mind (intuition/time)….
> Hmm, must be time.
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