This is a CD I put together in 2005. It’s a free impro CD and is made up of recordings of the world around me and musicians improvising. The idea is that the recordings are life and the musicians are the people living life.
It all happened around the time of Radiohead releasing Kid A – an album I loved and admired for its inventiveness and the bands willingness to take chances. I had also just met saxophonist Paul Dunmall through Hands Up for Trad’s Distil course and he is a brilliant improviser and Paul encouraged me to do more improvising.
It was all recorded on my laptop and I travelled round the country getting my friends to improvise over the backing track. I would have loved to have everyone in the one room at the same time listening and improvising together but it wasn’t to be.
For the backing tracks I sat on buses and trains, went to the local park at midnight and recorded sounds and listened back to see if anything different occurred I also experimented by using my minidisk in plastic bags, cardboard boxes etc to stop the wind taking over the mic.
It was great fun to make. It was at a stage of my life when I was listening intently to different sounds for small changes and trying to replicate them on my concertina. I struggle to see how I could make such a CD nowadays. It took ages to listen and zone out from everyone else in the house. In fact I find it difficult to consider any kind of composition at the moment with work and home tasks.
I’m sure there will be a sequel one day! Have a listen below