Artwork: Joey Ruthers
Release Date: August 2010
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A collection of solo improvisations sewn together back-to-back by sixty innovative, forward thinking musicians from all over the World.
Linsey Pollak - rubber glove bagpipes (AUTRALIA)
Chas Smith - copper box (USA)
“60 seconds always seemed like a long time, when I’m waiting for the light to change, but it went by very quickly, when I was reaching for the next note.”
Rachel Arnold - cello (USA)
Member of the ensemble "Partch" who play the music and instruments of Harry Partch. Rachel is an accomplished cellist and also a yoga-teaching, craft-creating lady.
Fatima Miranda - voice/field recordings (SPAIN)
"The soundscape is a field recording I did in the streets of the very traditional center of Madrid called Lavapies, where I live (and where many gypsies live). Recorded during a performance in
an African bar where African people were watching a Spanish football match in a very passionate atmosphere. It is clear that a new social situation develops a new sound reality in the cities.
This one worked for me as an orchestra of recycled sound. The fonems I am singing do not have meaning, they are just the right ones for the expression and atmosphere I wished to transmit".
Yuichi Onoue - kaisatsu (JAPAN)
"In this piece, I play my original electric 2 stringed instrument which is called Kaisatsuko. It looks like an oriental spike fiddle, but a rotating wheel rubs the strings instead of bowing, like
Todd Taylor - banjo (USA)
Four time Grammy nominee and Guinness World Records Fastest Banjo Player, "this original piece I did I approached from my heart and what I was feeling at the time I recorded it for this
project. Played on a custom made Gibson Archtop 5-string".
Yurko Rafaliuk - tsymbaly (UKRAINE)
Singer, tsymbaly player for the Ukrainian gypsy ensemble "Ludy Dobry (good folk, good people)". Ludy Dobri seeks to re-envision traditional Ukrainian folk music, unearthing fading forms and
reformating well-known classics, infusing them with a youthful energy that takes listeners through contained-chaotic-bliss to the heart of the band's instinct-driven ukrainian-ness.
Jeff Albert - trombone (USA)
A trombonist and improviser based in New Orleans, LA. Free jazz is the most accurate generic descriptor for his music, which places high value on melody and interaction, but is informed by his
multi-faceted background and experiences.
Laure Chailloux - accordion diatonique (FRANCE)
"Especially not to lose one second, the tension is there from the beginning! Then it is the dive in apnea in the sound material : a confrontation of the accordion in its most raw(gross) aspect,
contrary to its sound and to its image traditionally!"
Leon Gruenbaum - samchillian (USA)
"over the years i've learned more about the capabilities of my samchillian keyboard, as well as developed a number of interesting sounds to trigger with it. this particular sound is one of my
more expressive ones - has a guitaristic quality, though really who says that guitarists 'own' distortion and wah, anyway?! - and the 60 second format was perfect because i was able to exploit
most of the unique aspects of this keyboard/sound combo. (actually it was particularly helpful to be able to go over 60 seconds!)
sent from my mind"
Leanid Narushevich - electric guitar (REPUBLIC OF BELARUS)
Araz Salek - tar (CANADA)
"60 fleeting seconds - my life seems like nothing more."
John Oswald - alto sax (CANADA)
60 seconds in one breath
Christine Sehnaoui - alto sax (FRANCE)
Susan Alcorn - pedal steel (USA)
David Sait - guzheng (CANADA)
Pekko Käppi - jouhikko (FINLAND)
"At first it felt too limited timewise, but quite soon I was able to somehow (start to breath in a minute). The track is quite mellow...but I can't help it at the moment".
Andrea Centazzo - gong (USA)
It's a gong track recorded with the same technique as his 70's piece Scenes II (Indian Tapes)... exploring the gongs subharmonics.
Misha Marks -prepared guitar (MEXICO)
Joana Sá - piano (PORTUGAL)
Martin Grütter - piano (GERMANY)
Martin Grütter was born in Trostberg/Germany in 1983 and lives in Berlin. He studied composition and electronic music with Hanspeter Kyburz, Wolfgang Heiniger, and Dieter Acker. His
compositions comprise solo, ensemble, and vocal pieces, music theatre and electronic music, in addition he is active as a piano and keyboard improviser.
Paul Dunmall - soprano sax (UK)
Joe Sorbara - drums/percussion (CANADA)
Recorded, mixed & mastered by John Sorensen (with thanks to Ken Aldcroft for the studio time).
Kyle Bruckmann - oboe (USA)
Kyle Bruckmann is an improvising oboist, electronic musician, and composer/performer living in Oakland, California. His varied creative projects are unified by a preoccupation with the social
aspects of music making, delving into the cracks between different musical contexts and aesthetics, seeking the deep structures intersecting disparate genres and practices. His improvising
language similarly tends towards uncertain gray areas, emphasizing complex timbres and textures via microscopic scrutiny and distended techniques on the brink of control.
Damon Smith - field recordings/7 string double bass/laptop (USA)
New solo project:
Lawrence Casserley - monoharp/breath/signal processor (UK)
"So much of my music is built in big long structures. My idea was that it starts from an impulse that resonates over that amount of time - like being in a very reverberant space. One of the
features of the SPI is the way it can create strange resonant spaces - like a cracked reverberation machine".
Lawrence Electronic Operations -
Eye Music Trust Ltd - www.eyemusic.org.uk
John Butcher - saxophone controlled feedback & piano resonator (UK)
This piece was recorded at the same session as side B of John's amazing new cassette tape release "Trace" (which can be found at www.tapeworm.org.uk ).
Tom Boram - analog modular synth (USA)
Recorded just before he rushed out the door to Mumbai, India. Tom Boram is a mental health professional, and member of the free noise rock band Leprechaun Catering. He is also in the midst
of making a no budget sci-fi slapstick action movie called "GASA:Memory Overload". Blog here
Ignatz - guitar/voice/drum (BELGIUM)
"The Brussels based artist Bram Devens uses Ignatz as his alter-ego for his own pile of bricks. Songs wrapped with effects and driven by improvisation and spontaneousness."
Helena Espvall - cello/effects (USA)
"it was recorded in philadelphia, pa, usa today on march 14th 2010 (on the cello)"
Tim Hodgkinson - clarinet (UK)
tim hodgkinson is a composer and improviser: you can hear some of his music at http://www.myspace.com/timhodgkinson
find out more about him at
and listen to bands of which he's a member at
Beatrix Ward-Fernandez - theramin (UK)
Christian Munthe - acoustic guitar (SWEDEN)
Keith Talent: Recording, mixing and editing
Christian Munthe is a Swedish
free improviser that since the 1980's concentrates on the sonic possibilities
offered by the acoustic guitar in solo as well as various ensemble settings.
Besides collaborating with artists from Europe and beyond, he runs the label
Mia Zabelka - violin/effects (AUSTRIA)
As a composer and performer of improvised, experimental and electroacoustic music Mia Zabelka has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin's sonic
Rayna Gellert - fiddle (USA)
Tobias Tinker - harpsichord (GERMANY)
Periklis Tsoukalas - oud (GREECE)
Michael Keith - ukulele (CANADA)
Szilárd Mezei - viola (SERBIA)
Gino Robair - metal/glass/plastic/stone/motors (USA)
Gino's blog for Electronic Musician Magazine: http://blog.emusician.com/robairreport/
Joe McPhee - alto sax/voice (USA)
Michael Snow - piano (CANADA)
Michael Snow has been involved with or is involved with music, film, video, sculpture. His most recent recording is with Aki Onda and Alan Licht on the Victo label.
"When asked by David Sait for a 60 second piece my first thought was that I should fill 60 seconds from top to bottom (with the piano's range)".
Rob Coppard - bones (IRELAND)
Johannes Bergmark - platform (SWEDEN)
surrealist, improvisor, musical instrument inventor, piano technician, composer, sound poet, writer, skeptic....
It's recorded at EMS http://www.elektronmusikstudion.se/ in Stockholm, sweden the 1st of April, 2010. I play my recent instrument Platform http://bergmark.org/platforms (in this case a single
one, usually I have two) with objects. No overdubs, no cuts, no treatments except slight compression.
Philip Gibbs - slide guitar (UK)
"....it's a great pleasure to be a part of this exciting collection of sixty second improvs, it was challenging but hopefully I made it work as something 'small is beautiful'...."
Aaron Ximm - field recording (broken radio) - USA
It's a broken radio being worked on by the brother-in-law of a musician Aaron met in Cuba; while he was visiting his house in Guantanamo.
When he sent the piece for this compilation he was feeling:
Philo Lenglet - prepared acoustic guitar (FRANCE)
Philo Lenglet, french guitarist and photographer www.improphoto.blogspot.com ,
plays in different configurations, from solo to big band (La pieuvre).
Carmel Raz - violin (USA)
Carmel is a composer, violinist, and improviser. More information at
Ben Roberts Eclectiktronik - turntables/cassette decks (SPAIN)
using two/three turntables and two cassette machines (plus the one used to record the piece).
Much of the sounds used are one-off home recordings saved at the last moment from landfill and oblivion, and recontextualized in his own work.
Helena Gough - field recording (UK)
"the improvisation was simply picking when to press record and when to press stop. it is a single sound, and one that I hear every morning in the winter months"
Leonel Kaplan - trumpet (ARGENTINA)
Gerry McGoldrick - shamisen (CANADA)
"it comes from the feeling of the wind that's battering the place I'm staying at in Tokyo, 9th floor of a public housing complex in Tokyo Bay. The sudden unlikely shifts in rhythm, tempo, and
dynamics are how I am hearing the wind today, filtered through the sounds of the Tsugaru-jamisen, which I heard a little too much of in my time up in the North of the main island here."
Ronny Krippner - Church Organ (UK)
An improvisation played on Handel’s house organ (replica) at St George’s Church Hanover Square in London, Handel’s parish church.
Alessandro Alessandroni - keyboard/whistling (ITALY)
Mulit-instrumentalist and composer Alessandro Alessandroni has worked on over 50 movie soundtracks/documentaries and collaborated on thousands, most notably the Sergio Leone trio A
Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More as well as The Seven Golden Men, Around the world with the lovers of Peynet, El Mercenario, Navajo Joe, Once Upon
a Time in the West, Giů la testa, Trinity Goes East, etc.
Olivia De Prato - violin (USA)
Born in Vienna, Austria and currently resides New York, USA
Heribert Friedl - chair (AUSTRIA)
"it's much more a part of my working method. i am collecting sounds in different ways. i did a cd 2004 called "Raumzitate" (room quotations). which i used sounds from my studio, which were
missed. so i tried to focus my hearing in using these silent sounds. this track for the project is more an extraction of this project, although the track was recorded actually for it.
Robin Hayward - microtonal tuba (GERMANY)
This project got Robin onto a roll now exploring noise on the microtonal tuba that he had tentatively explored since he had it made.
He has said that there is masses to be explored there and that this project was acting as a catalyst!
Bruno Duplant - contre bass (FRANCE)
The most enthusiastic, curious and supportive of the bunch, Bruno's passion for this project was a big help in keeping this project rolling in its initial phase.
Mike Smith - hurdy gurdy (UK)
Also: here are some links to a couple of YouTube videos:
Paulo Chagas - oboe (PORTUGAL)
Portuguese musician working in the fields of composition, improvisation, teaching and playing woodwind instruments.
CD Artwork: www.joeyruthers.com