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On this evening, Paul McCartney attended a performance of experimental music, by the group AMM (featuring composer Cornelius Cardew), at the Royal College of Art in London. The audience, which numbered fewer than 20 people, was invited to participate, and Paul made occasional sounds, tapping his beer mug with a pencil and scraping at a radiator with a coin.
The whole thing was about listening to ambient sound. Cardew was a pupil of John Cage, so the whole point was that any sound could be meaningful if you pay attention to it – paying close attention to the sound of traffic outside the window, people’s breathing and people shuffling their feet and then making interventions by banging on the piano or winding up a little wind-up toy.Barry Miles – From MOJO, November 2022
About the group AMM, from Wikipedia:
AMM is a British free improvisation group that was founded in London, England, in 1965. The group was initially composed of Keith Rowe on guitar, Lou Gare on saxophone, and Eddie Prévost on drums. The three men shared an interest in exploring music beyond the boundaries of conventional jazz, as in free jazz and free improvisation. AMM never achieved widespread popularity, but have been influential in improvised music. Most of their albums have been released by Matchless Recordings, which is run by Eddie Prévost. In a 2001 interview, Keith Rowe was asked if “AMM” was an abbreviation. He replied, “The letters AMM stand for something, but as you probably know it’s a secret!”
About Cornelius Cardew, from Wikipedia:
Cornelius Cardew (7 May 1936 – 13 December 1981) was an English experimental music composer, and founder (with Howard Skempton and Michael Parsons) of the Scratch Orchestra, an experimental performing ensemble. He later rejected experimental music, explaining why he had “discontinued composing in an avantgarde idiom” in his own programme notes to his Piano Album 1973. […]
In 1966, Cardew joined the free improvisation group AMM as cellist and pianist. AMM had formed the previous year and included English jazz musicians Lou Gare, Eddie Prévost, Keith Rowe, and one of his first students at the Royal Academy Christopher Hobbs. Performing with the group allowed Cardew to explore music in a completely democratic environment, freely improvising without recourse to scores. […]
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