At 8:28 AM, Matt Callahan said…
I listened to 0509021910 a few times this morning while the house was still quiet. Simply amazing. An entire album of recordings like this would be more than anyone could ask for. When’s the release date again :)
At 12:10 PM, Curt said…
I’m with Matt. A solo guitar album with material like this would be a treasure.
Thanks guys! I do enjoy the contrast between carefully layering a production for a CD release, which takes months and months, and working quickly, improvising – “flying by the seat of one’s pants”. Both are very different ways of working and both reveal different aspects of music and of creativity. I imagine the full production is more like a big oil painting: paint the gesso on the canvas, start with the under-painting, the overall shapes, and then layer then paint until, well, until it’s done… In contrast to that an improvisation, like the one I recorded yesterday, is more like a charcoal or pencil drawing. It is firmly placed in the moment and there is no time to consider different options because your fingers keep moving… Thinking would ruin the flow. I think an improv like that is more about trust than conscious and well-considered decisions.
I certainly plan to record more pieces like this, but don’t think I will release them on CD at all. This is the beauty of the LL! I will release these improvisations as I record them and will create a PDF booklet (maybe with a number of pencil drawings) to accompany this first LL-only album of recordings.
PS: right now (I change my mind all of the time) I think Tears in the Rain will be available as downloads from the LL only. No CD will be distributed, but of course you can make your own. I started working on pencil drawings done in the same spirit as the music, and will create a PDF file that will accompany the music. The PDF will be designed with as few words as possible, leaving the interpretation of the work entirely up to your imagination. I make fun of Purity all of the time and indeed there is no such thing as Purity, but Tears in the Rain will be pure in the sense that I want it to be a simple creative expression, unexplained, and unchained by the marketing and distribution system. The pieces will be sequenced in the order that they were recorded, which means that the track already available in the LL will be track number one and so on. However, it would be interesting if you created your own sequence of songs, and shared that sequence with everyone.
Maybe I will banish all logos, including our own from the PDF. I would love if the listener were to design their own CD package for Tears in the Rain using the music and PDF purchased and downloaded from the LL. Maybe we can have a contest and the most creative CD container wins something. Think of the possibilities! Fabric or a sheet of paper folded to contain a CD, a cannister, a wooden container… each person could send in a photo of their CD container, which I would add to a set in Flickr and everyone could view. We could all vote on the best container. The winner will receive two tickets to one of our shows.