March 12, 2009 5:51 PM

Reading from the Tao Te Ching, sections XXXI and XIV.

posted by man vs sun (5 comments total)

The music is not nearly so earnest as the text.

Was this multitracked? if so in what order? I am assuming that many of the parts were improvised. I just noticed the "improv" tag. If it was not multitracked, who was listening to whom (I know in theory everyone is listening to everyone else, but in practice some funny things happen that add color).

I enjoyed the way the percussion gradually settled into a recognizable rhythm. Have you tried the opposite, with a rhythm falling into entropy? (by this I mean something other than having a noodly outro).
posted by idiopath at 1:06 AM on March 13, 2009

We recorded this track live. Multitracking an improv makes it much harder to react to everyone else, so unless a piece requires it in some way, we try to capture everything we do live.

Here, I was on banging on stuff percussion detail. My methodology usually boils down to whoever is making the most noise is who everyone else is following. But there's really an ever-shifting dynamic between performers as we play.

On other tracks we've done, we have descended into entropy from order, but even more fun than that? Entropy descending into even more bonus entropy!
posted by man vs sun at 11:20 AM on March 13, 2009

Wow, for being a straight up improvised piece this pretty damn good. It sounds like the music actually has distinct movement that compliment the speech. Sweet and fun!
posted by snsranch at 4:21 PM on March 13, 2009

man vs sun, this was really interesting and different.
posted by wastelands at 6:39 PM on March 18, 2009

stay tuned! more interesting and different is on its way!
posted by man vs sun at 4:04 PM on March 19, 2009

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