Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music
by Joe Morris
Explains what free music is and describes several different methodologies (eg Unit Structures, Harmolodics, Tri-Axiom Theory, European Free Improvisation).
Paperback, 1st, 179 pages
Published 2012 by Riti Publishing
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A worthy addition to the still anemic selection of serious writing about free improvisation. A practice that is employed at a high level by so many of my favorite musicians that has yet to see its fair share of thoughtful words. Joe Morris's unique position as one of its great practitioners (along with an outstanding pedigree of collaborators) combined with his role as an academic gives him the much needed insight to bring this book to light. And even for him, it remains a squirrelly topic. His...more
I suppose that this is as close as one can get to a sequel to Derek Bailey's book on musical improvisation, but it is, as the author notes, completely different. This book focuses on free improvisation and tries to formulate a description of the process. The author consciously eschews emotional descriptions (e.g. "feel the spirit") as well as philosophical motivations, of which much has been written in other books. He aims instead to impart a practical description, targeted ostensibly at young,...more