Bliggidy Blam – formal i.
Honestly, to this day, I think this is one of my favorites. Bliggidy Blam was a weird project that happened during a time where I got into comic books and this quirky form that seemed to be present. The score for the abcd(x) pieces grew out of this form. And the form is basically all that is notated. No melodies, no harmonies, no rhythms, no notes….just the form. The title of this record speaks to that: formal i. Or formal improvisation. The pieces became like games: we had to improvise, change what we were improvising at a certain point, and then try to remember what we did before so we could come back to it. On and on. Some of the movements became complicated and funny. I like the fact that this record highlights our mistakes in memory almost more than anything we played. But what this band played was funny.
Brian McWhorter, Nate Wooley – trumpets
Mat Fieldes, Tim Kiah – electric basses
Matt Aiken – drums
Recorded in my NYC apartment with a futon mattress separating the trumpets from the drums. It was a sweaty mess as I recall. And it was winter.
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