Improvisation

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Tauba Auerbach and Sam Hillmer
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Before the premiere of their multimedia collaboration LIGATURE, visual artist Auerbach and saxophonist Hillmer talk about connectivity, geometry, and the nature of mind.

The Punk Version of Mrs. Dalloway: Laura Parnes Interviewed by Stephanie Barber
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Documenting and improvising alternative lives. 

That the Voice Is a Shared Thing: Charmaine Lee Interviewed by Conrad Tao
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The vocal improviser discusses the visceral tactility of the voice as a medium for organic and synthetic sound.

The Endorithm 6 by Keith Connolly
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A selection of recently reissued music by Basil Kirchin, High Rise, Michael Cosmic, and Phill Musra Group.

Milford Graves by Aakash Mittal​
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The percussionist combines martial arts, herbalism, acupuncture, and technology to concoct a healing potion equal parts ancient tradition and pioneering experimentation.

The Chromatic Trip: on William Eggleston’s Musik by Maxwell Neely-Cohen
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The pioneering photographer releases an album of synth and piano works.

Wu Tsang & boychild by Tess Altman
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“It’s about creating the conditions for a moment.”

Okkyung Lee and Ikue Mori
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Two improvisers and composers discuss their involvement in New York’s experimental music scene.

Senyawa by David Novak
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“I want it like this, just how it sounds.”

Wadada Leo Smith by John Corbett
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“I think that creative improvisation music models the democratic principle. Heads of state and legislative bodies could learn a lot from this practice.”

Michael Morley & Alan Licht
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“Oh no, this is sounding too beautiful, too seamless, and too much like it was planned. I have to unravel it.”

Yoshi Wada by Tashi Wada
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“I was doing some plumbing work for a living and picked up a piece of pipe, blew into it, and it created a very good sound. So, I began building instruments.”

Tashi Dorji & Shane Parish
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“I don’t have a specific idiom that I’m aspiring to, and I’m not creating some sort of homage or giving a reference point for people to hang onto. I’m just playing whatever’s in my head, literally.”

The Necks by Clare Cooper
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“There has to be a social music.”

Vijay Iyer by Mendi Obadike & Keith Obadike
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“Asymmetry is part of what makes us human, and it’s what makes our actions feel human. And we only know that because we can have a programmer make something play ‘perfectly,’ and it sounds terrible.”

John Corbett by Andrew Lampert
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“The records I don’t listen to are as important as the ones I do.”

Áine O’Dwyer by Keith Connolly
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“As to the church organ itself, it seemed almost like a sample machine, like it could tap into sounds from different eras.”

Masaki Batoh by Ben Chasny
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“I still seek for eternity, which maybe is like a rainbow-colored butterfly flying away, suddenly in front of your face.”

Miguel Gutierrez & Stacy Szymaszek
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Syllable, step, and surplus.

Joshua Abrams & Nathan Bowles by Clinton Krute
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Memory, texture, and tradition.

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