“Good Sense Is the Master of Human Life” by Mike Davis
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Fortunes and Hat-tricks, Vol. 1 (Tmpf Records) by Mike Davis
Good Sense Is the Master of Human Life - or a narcoleptic pungi player confusing the hell out of a snake. Sprightly avant garde.
‘Fortunes’ is a name for a spontaneous composition technique used by Mike Davis. Mike has collected 100′s of fortunes from fortune cookies over many years. Each member is given a small pile of them. They take turns drawing them. The ‘player’ who draws a fortune reads it aloud and then begins the piece. There is no discussion whatsoever about style, tempo, key, mood. They just use the fortune as a jumping off point and as an evocative title. They listen to each other for the development of themes. Truly the only rules are to listen and compose. Mike uses the word ‘compose’ to suggest that they are not just improvising aimlessly on their instruments, but that they are open to discovering and playing a specific role within each spontaneous composition in order to instrumentally evoke the feeling of the title. Whether they are successful is totally subjective. FYI, they never listened back to anything in the studio. There was no point. Each title is discarded forever once performed live or in the studio.
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