A year agoÂ (or so), we started D:O with the post below. We had no idea what, exactly, we were warming up for,Â but whatever we had in mind, the past twelve months have exceeded our expectations by aÂ wide margin. As we’ve said before, we’dÂ be doing this if no one were reading it and responding to it, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun, more rewarding, more challenging, more MORE, with the community that’s helped carry this thing along, here and elsewhere — see at right for many more ports of call. Thanks to all commenters, readers, lurkers, labels, bloggers, music makers, tinkers, tailors, sailors, and flailers. Oh, and happy birthday to us.
Lester Bowie, kelp horn; Roscoe Mitchell, alto sax; Malachi Favors Maghostut, bass/kazoo.Â Â
A throat-clearing exercise.
A group improvisation.
Something to get the juices flowing.
A building all-encompassing drone.
A series of beautifully overlapping overtones.
Two minutes of pure sublime sound that proved The Art Ensemble, even before they added the â??Of Chicago,â? could challenge minimalists like LaMonte Young at their own game.
Among other things.
A perfect way to start out a recording session.
Or inaugurate a new venture.
A warm up.