Wednesday, January 30, 2013

*Ephemera

*Ephemera is a new collection of freely improvised guitar pieces, following on from my previous recordings 'Dayglo Threads in a Tweed Jacket' and 'One Thing at a Time'.  *Ephemera continues my exploration of guitar music and free improvisation, and my continued attempts at finding a voice somewhere within that exploration.  I am currently re-reading 'No Sound is Innocent' by Eddie Prevost, and I continue to be intrigued by the idea of one particular quote:

 "The intention is to transcend all previous experience of music production and music consumption.  The intention is making music, and listening to it, as if for the first time".

I'm not even sure if it is a viable concept, but it is quite an intriguing one. Even more so with the question as to whether the results of such an endeavor can still even be considered 'music'.  I'm not really going to start into that here and now, but the idea continues to feed into my fascination with creativity, influences and inspiration.

The title Ephemera has been with me a long time.  In the early 90's I had a solo doom metal project which went by that name.  I've resurrected it for these recordings after coming across a quote from the Ephemera Society of America.  The Wikipedia definition of Ephemera is:  "any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved".  Later in the same article there is the heading "Video and Audio Ephemera" with the following quote from the Ephemera Society of America...

"Printed ephemera gave way to audio and video ephemera in the twentieth century. ... These present even more of a preservation problem than printed materials. Although seldom made available for libraries, when videotapes are acquired for archival preservation they are found to be made on low quality tape, poorly processed, and damaged from abuse by users".

I just really enjoy the irony of a society which tasks itself with preserving stuff that was never meant to be preserved.  And it is not lost on me that I'm perpetuating that irony by attempting to preserve and catalogue free improvisation recordings.  My only answer to that comes in the form of a quote from Bart Simpson... "The ironing is delicious".

The cover photo comes from a few evenings spent trapping moths in my back yard.  They were sent safely on their way once I had catalogued their existence. 


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