A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a cassette inside a cardboard box as I prepared for a run of live performances. The unusual green BASF design caught my eye and I remembered that some time prior I’d spent an afternoon recording straight to that tape, being attracted to the idea of committing some phrases and improvisations and knowing I would not be able to return to process or manipulate them later. I hardly remember how these pieces were made, but I do remember enjoying an afternoon of unburdened exploration made up of chance, incompetence and curiosity, letting me play without concern for outcome or ambition, drifting apart and connecting with the world all at the same time. I decided to upkeep this particular exercise and engage with these type of immediate explorations in regular intervals. I continued on that tangent for a month or so, but forgot about it eventually. Last week I listened to that green BASF tape and quite enjoyed it. Perhaps you will too.
I sent my friend Michael Perl back in Austria all three tracks I’d lifted from the cassette and he in turn responded by creating the accompanying video for Burnt Notes the following day. Michael makes wonderful work that revolves around the digital sphere and cultural memories and having for a long while wanting to collaborate, I am especially pleased to have him engage with me on this. (michael-perl.com)
Thank you to my families (near and far), my dear friends and especially to Lawrence English for never stopping to encourage me.