Bob Ostertag | Say No More, Vol. 1

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Say No More, Vol. 1

by Bob Ostertag

The first volume of Bob Ostertag's landmark SAY NO MORE series, featuring JOEY BARON, GERRY HEMINGWAY, PHIL MINTON, and MARK DRESSER in a pioneering meeting of musique concrete, free improvisation, and ensemble composition.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Say No More
20:53 album only
2. Tongue-Tied
17:23 album only
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Album Notes
I began the Say No More project by asking each player to record solo improvisations, separately, with no communication with each other nor instruction from me. I then took the resulting tapes and, using a digital editing system, broke the solos into fragments and assembled a "band" piece by piece from the splinters. The resulting tape became the first Say No More cd (1993), including the compositions Say No More and Tongue-Tied. This is probably the first group in the history of music to release a cd without having played a note together, or even met.

I then created a highly unorthodox score of these compositions I had created on the computer using the solo improvisations as sources. I gave both the parts and the computer-generated tape back to the musicians, instructing them to learn their parts. The result was Say No More as a performance ensemble, and the Say No More in Person cd, recorded in October 1993 at ORF-Vienna.

Note that this was 1993, when digital audio editing was in its infancy. The largest hard disk one could buy was 600MB, Protools was the only application in which one could edit digital sound, and to move from the mixer to the waveform timeline one had to quit one application and launch another.

Cover art by David Wojnarowicz.



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