My mind just went kaput
May 1, 2010 6:01 PM Subscribe
I'm craving thrilling music in the vein of free jazz and I don't know where to start.
posted by Rory Marinich to media & arts (44 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I just listened to Machine Gun by the Peter Brötzmann Octet and it melted my mind. I need lots more music like it.
I'm not necessarily looking for free jazz, though right now I'm suspecting that all the kinds of music I'm looking for will be somewhat rooted in the genre. Essentially what I'm looking for is music that by its nature requires virtuosic musicians to play off one another, that creates tension by pushing them to their limits.
As I said: I'm kind of thinking that free jazz will be big here, because other music to some extent has rhythms and structures that make it easier for the people involved, and that's what I don't want. But if there's other music that has the same thrilling tension, then by all means recommend it.
Beyond Brötzmann, I have a passing knowledge of John Zorn, and the whole Mr. Bungle ensemble produces music of that sort, though usually not quite as unrestrained. Beyond that I'm a blank slate.