Collecting guitarist Davey William's essays for the Arcana Series of books on Hips Road (Tzadik), where Williams ponders question regarding free improvisation, sound, and form.
"Limited forms of improvising are standard in many Western and Eastern classical musics, and in jazz, rock, blues, songs of all sorts; in any musics which hold expectations of some particular yet extemporizable content.
By contrast, free music improvisation meansplaying spontaneously-derived music with no pre-ordained content whatsoever, with the intent to liberate musical context from being any given "type of music," and even from any model of what music is supposed to sound like.
Shape-shifting deal. In practice: drop the "to" from "improvising to..." This is to say that free improvisation is a goldmine of kinetic irony. It can also be a spiritual thing."-[excerpt on the back cover]
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