Author Archives: Ed Howard

spontaneous music ensemble | karyobin (1968)

The Spontaneous Music Ensemble was one of the first flowerings of a fertile British improvised music scene that would flourish through the ’70s and beyond. The SME was a loose collective centered around drummer John Stevens and, in its first … Continue reading

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michael pisaro | melody, silence (2015)

Here’s a solo guitar composition from 2011 by Michael Pisaro, performed with great sensitivity by Cristián Alvear, a Chilean guitarist who’s quickly establishing himself as one of the great interpreters of modern avant music. This piece is fairly typical of … Continue reading

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amm | ammmusic (1966)

This extraordinary debut has become a legend, and with good reason. The importance of AMMMusic is difficult to overstate, particularly when considered as a prescient forerunner to certain strains of electroacoustic improvisation that would develop at the end of the … Continue reading

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éric la casa / taku unami | parazoan mapping (2015)

Here’s another challenging, provocative album from the recent Erstwhile Records batch. Like a lot of records in this area of late, it’s a tricky blend of styles and approaches, seemingly highly conceptual in nature but without spelling out what its … Continue reading

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graham lambkin / michael pisaro | schwarze riesenfalter (2015)

Lambkin and Pisaro are two of the most exciting musicians around, albeit in very different ways and for very different reasons. There is, on the surface, a sizeable gap between Lambkin’s raw, intense sound collages and the more studied, rigorous … Continue reading

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