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The creation and destruction of harmonic and ‘statistical’ tensions is essential to the maintenance of compositional drama. Any composition (or improvisation) which remains consonant and ‘regular’ throughout is, for me, equivalent to watching a movie with only ‘good guys’ in it, or eating cottage cheese.
In 1968 I ran into Steve Lacy on the street in Rome. I took out my pocket tape recorder and asked him to describe in fifteen seconds the difference between composition and improvisation. He answered: In fifteen seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation you have fifteen seconds. His answer lasted exactly fifteen seconds.
That’s what it is-it’s jazz. It’s just jazz. That’s what the whole thing is about to me. It’s about what’s happening right now in this context. This conversation is jazz to a certain extent. It’s improvisation. What appeals to me about music is the improvization. That’s what I don’t like about the media-they’re not living it.
I try to influence this improvisation in two ways. One is by centering on reflections, in both senses of the word: acoustic reflections as well as visual reflections from a mirror or surface, and then reflecting on the material in a contemplative way. The other influence is listening to the tails of the sounds that you make.
I have a variety of ways that I make music, but I’m working with the Thingamajigs in a particular way, which is: They are bringing to me their performance skills and their unusual instruments, which I’m relishing. They’re really beautiful. The other thing is improvisation – these players improvise and they do it very beautifully, as a matter of fact.
First, if it is true that a spatial order organizes an ensemble of possibilities (e.g., by a place in which one can move) and interdictions (e.g., by a wall that prevents one from going further), than the walked actualizes some of these possibilities. In that way, he makes them exist as well as emerge. But he also moves them about and he invents others, since the crossing, drifting away, or improvisation of walking privilege, transform, or abandon spatial elements.