Wednesday, April 9, 2008

What is Improvisation (3)

Einsturzende Neubauten played yesterday in Luxembourg at the Rockhal (08/04/2008). When the band came out for the encore, Blixa Bargeld went around on stage to each musician with what seemed like a bag full of cards. The musicians (they were 6 with Blixa) were asked to choose randomly at least one card from the bag. Some chose 2 or 3 or even 4. On each card was a simple instruction that would have to be followed in order to "compose" the next song live on stage. Each instruction contained mostly one word. Some of the words that came out of the bag yesterday were "hammer", "space", "¾", "metronome", "play contrary", "black", "einer", "blow", "strings", etc. The collapsing new buildings have certainly mellowed a bit with time but the dust has definitely not settled yet.

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