It’s here! The Eclectic Blah album has been released. Listen to some fifty-odd minutes where a changing lineup of creative spirits prove that hardcore improvisation does not necessarily mean noodling, and that unrehearsed stuff can lead to stunning performances. For two weeks, this is also pay-what-you-want including free!
Nearly a decade after Eclectic Blah was disbanded, the album is to be released Sunday 23.2.14 on bandcamp. Taken from various concerts, this brings together the best (and possibly most accessible) from Eclectic Blah’s mission statement: everything must be radically freely improvised, and everything must be danceable.Read more "Eclectic Blah – Album Release Announcement"
There have always been different opinions on what is “right” when editing a live recording of (improvised) music before release – ranging from “a n improvised performance only exists in the moment and must not be recorded” to the Ampex guitar of Zappa. With the upcoming Eclectic Blah album in mind, here’s my philosophical take on the topic.Read more "Philosophy (and Ethics) of Editing Improvised Recordings"
“Eclectic Blah” was a project of freely improvised dance music, existing from 2001 to 2004. For the first time, a few tracks have been made public.Read more "Blast from the Past: Eclectic Blah – Live in Several Places"
A blog post originally from Oct. 20th 2009 – which deals with the topic as how we as an audience (and in that context, also we as performers of improvised music) should or may approach performances of improvised material – still valid today, and the first in a series of articles about improvised music I had in my mind for long.Read more "How to approach improvised music – a suggestion"