AMM - AMMMUSIC

"AMM music may initially seem impenetrable, but it sure as hell penetrates you. Soon the desired state is instilled in the listener; a rapt vacancy somewhere between supreme concentration and utter absentmindedness." - Melody Maker

On AMMMusic, long tones sit next to abrasive thuds, the howl of uncontrolled feedback accompanies Cardew's purposeful piano chords, radios beam in snatches of orchestral music. AMM's clearest break with jazz-based improvisation concerned the idea of individuality. Initially through an engagement with eastern philosophy and mysticism and later though a politicized communitarianism, AMM sought to develop a collective sonic identity in which individual contributions could barely be discerned. In the performances captured on AMMMusic the use of numerous auxiliary instruments and devices, including radios played by three members of the group, contribute to the sensation that the music is composed as a single monolithic object with multiple facets, rather than as an interaction between five distinct voices." - Francis Plagne

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Cornelius Cardew / piano, cello and transistor radio

Lou Gare / tenor saxophone and violin 

Eddie Prévost / percussion

Keith Rowe / electric guitar and transistor radio

Lawrence Sheaff / cello, accordian, clarinet and transistor radio

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Recorded on the 8th and 27th June 1966 at Sound Techniques by Harry Davis and Jac Holzman.

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC  

Tracklisting:

1. Later During A Flaming Riviera Sunset - 6:51
2. Later During A Flaming Riviera Sunset (LP Version) - 21:03
3. Ailantus Glandulosa - 5:27
4. In The Realm Of Nothing Whatever - 13:19
5. After Rapidly Circling The Plaza - 1:03
6. After Rapidly Circling The Plaza (LP Version) - 20:31
7. What Is There In Uselesness To Cause You Distress? - 3:00
8. Silence - 0:10

As with the ReR CD release, there are five pieces in this download - tracks 1-3-4-5-7. Tracks 2 and 6 are internal divisions of tracks 1 and 5 respectively. This gives the option of listening only to the shorter versions as originally released. Track 8 allows you to programme silence wherever you wish. 

Eddie Prévost

Eddie Prévost plays with immense fire, grace and invention. Founder of the essential AMM, collaborator of the greatest improvisers internationally, since the 60's he has kept a continuous contact with the scene and always manages to invent anew his contribution to "meta-music".

“Prévost's free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” - Melody Maker

“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star

Keith Rowe

Keith Rowe (born 16 March 1940 in Plymouth, England) is an English free improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member of both the influential AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he quit that group for the second time) and M.I.M.E.O. Having trained as a visual artist, Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has achieved a level of relative notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of EAI (electroacoustic improvisation), with many of his recent recordings having been released by Erstwhile Records.