by Martin Davidson

This is the beginnings of a collection of  thoughts about free improvisation and other areas of music.

Of course, my magnum opus is the Emanem label,

but I have over the years put some thoughts down in words

including interviews from 1997 and 2001.

One of the problems with Free Improvisation is where it gets filed under.

Another problem is getting the world of music into a realistic and unbiased perspective, hence my new musical dictionary

Some people see recording improvised music as being a problem - I strongly disagree.
There also seems to be some misunderstanding about editing improvised music.

Some people see vinyl as being the medium of choice - I strongly disagree.

One of the strongest and most satisfactory modus operandi of Free Improvisation is the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (SME) approach devised primarily by John Stevens in 1967. Thirty years later, this is still a major influence, as witness my interview with Evan Parker first published in Opprobrium #4.

Over the years, I have interviewed various musicians, such as Steve Lacy.


Visit the European Free Improvisation site for more information about this music

(Thanks to Peter Stubley for all his help and hard work)

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