The Potts Report: August 2016

Joe Potts (photo by Cindy Bernard)

Joe Potts (photo by Cindy Bernard)

I am a member of the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), as is artist/musician Paul McCarthy. Whenever Paul speaks about the music of the LAFMS he refers to it as “porch music.” I think Paul is trying to link the unrehearsed improvised music that we produce with the traditions of folk music. This form invites all comers to participate in a communal exercise of joining together to create a musical experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. Often the musicians are far from virtuosos in the traditional sense or are competent musicians trying things outside their comfort zones. They are learning as they play and they are learning from each other through direct exploration and experience. It is music that is made for the immediate pleasure of those producing it, with little interest in sharing it with “consumers.” This approach flies in the face of current commercial models.

As the artist and musician Robert Crumb puts it:

“The whole cultures’ one unified field of bought-sold-market researched everything, you know. It used to be that people fermented their own culture, you know? It took hundreds of years, and it evolved over time. And that’s gone in America. People now don’t even have any concept that there ever was a culture outside of this thing that’s created to make money.”

In the case of the LAFMS, our version of porch music began in late night sessions, often in living rooms or in the back room of a store after hours. There was no thought at the time that what we were involved in would ever go beyond the original participants and be heard outside those walls. I guess we were fermenting culture. As one LAFMS founder put it:

“We saw the future, we knew how it would smell, we got it out of our systems and we got upwind before it stank.”
Chip Chapman 1995

So if you are interested in brewing up a batch of bootleg culture, just come on down to the next SASSAS soundShoppe!

5.5 Questions for Dan Clucas

Dan Clucas, photo by Dave Travis

1. What led you to the work you’re making now?

Most of my work is still rooted in improvisation from a group perspective using conventional group settings (i.e. “jazz” instrumentation) but I have always been interested in spatial performance, ever since attending the Los Angeles premiere of Boulez’ Répons in 1985. So this is a great opportunity for me to investigate that part of my musical psyche, and hopefully it will lead to more.

2. What…

Office Playlist 05-09-16 (TOMITA EDITION)

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Today in the office, we were listening to the work of electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita, who passed away last week at the age of 84. Some of his best albums aren’t freely available online (Pictures at an Exhibition or Firebird, for example), but there is more than enough out there to explore!

Tomita – Snowflakes are Dancing Tomita – The Ravel Album Electric Samurai – Switched On Rock Tomita – Catastrophy 1999 Tomita (with Kodo and Kusillaqta)Nasca Fantasy TomitaThe Bermuda Triangle TomitaThe…

Office Playlist (05-02-16)

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Here’s what’s playing in the SASSAS office this week!

Juliana Barwick – Will Anonymous 4The Origin Of Fire (Hildegard von Bingen) Kevin DrummTannenbaum Miles DavisParis, Salle Pleyel (1969) Zs – Live @ Jazzhouse, Copenhagen (13th of October, 2014)

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Juliana Barwick – Will

Anonymous 4The Origin Of Fire (Hildegard von Bingen)

Kevin DrummTannenbaum

Miles DavisParis, Salle Pleyel (1969)

5.5 Questions for Bobb Bruno

Bobb Bruno BHSO 2016

1. What led you to the work you’re making now?

Just a love for synthesizers, drum machines, and non-traditional forms of electronic music.

2. What was your very first gig?

My first solo gig was at the original The Smell location in North Hollywood, late Nineties i believe. I recreated my bedroom and played in my pajamas. Instrumentation was chord organ, Yamaha SU-10 sampler, vocals.

3. What are you listening to these days?

Let’s Eat Grandma, The new Bixio/Frizzi/Tempera Magnetic Systems compilation Lp, Oiler,…

Office Playlist (04-11-16)

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Today in the SASSAS office, we went on a retro-futurist adventure into the space lounges of futures past! We skipped some of the obvious, brighter stars, in search of other asterisms.

Walter Schumann: Exploring the Unknown Paul Tanner / Andre Montero And His Orchestra: Music For Heavenly Bodies Frank Comstock: Music From Outer Space George Russell: Jazz in the Space Age Lonne Liston Smith: Astral Traveling Russ Garcia: Fantastica Vyacheslav Mescherin Orcestra:…

The Potts Report: April 2016

Joe Potts (SOUND WITHIN THE CONTEXT)

“Pushing through the market square, So many mothers sighing News had just come over, We had five years left to cry in

News guy wept and told us, Earth was really dying Cried so much his face was wet, Then I knew he was not lying” -David Bowie 1971

April 22 is Earth Day. I remember the first one. I was in High School. We formed an organization that sold books like Paul Ehrlich’s…

Office Playlist 04-04-16

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Here’s what’s we’re listening to in the SASSAS office today!

Superior Viaduct: SV mix-tape TALsounds: Live Spool’s Out Session, March 2016 tholl / fogel / hoff // CONDITIONAL TENSION Cara Stacey: Things That Grow Gamelan Pacifica: Trance Gong Arnold Dreyblatt: Boiler Room x St John’s LIVE Set

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Superior Viaduct: SV mix-tape

TALsounds: Live Spool’s Out Session, March 2016

tholl / fogel / hoff // CONDITIONAL TENSION

 

Cara Stacey: Things That…

Office Playlist 03-28-16

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Here’s some of what’s playing in the SASSAS office today!

Joe Pass & Ella Fitzgerald: Duets in Hannover 1975 Sun Ra: Supersonic Jazz Magma: Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh Frosty – Celsius Drop (03.24.16) on dublab.com Ostinato Records: Mélange Afrophonia 1968 – 1980 Volcanic Tongue: Neil’s Picks: Unreleased Richard Youngs 1979-2011

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Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald: Duets in Hannover 1975

Sun Ra: Supersonic Jazz

Magma: Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh

Frosty – Celsius Drop (03.24.16)…

Office Playlist (03-21-16)

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Here’s some of what’s playing in the SASSAS office today!

Strategy: Information Pollution Michael Mizrahi: Currents (Q2 Music Album of the Week) V/A: The Roots Of Chicha – Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Out Of This World Sonic Boom: Spectrum Rats: Rats Collage: Käokiri Aphex Twin: Peel Session 1992 / Live From Sheffield Hallam University 1993

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Strategy: Information Pollution

Michael Mizrahi: Currents

V/A: The Roots…