A year end list

January 1, 2015

2014 wasn’t a lot of fun for me personally. It had its highlights- most of them involving travel and the chance to get away from the daily drudgery. A trip to Paris, a couple of short escapes to Wales and most memorably, ten wonderful days in the Outer Hebrides kept me going, but on the […]

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Another Fine One

January 3, 2010

A year ago today I posted a piece here that not only summed up my favourite CD releases of 2008, but also tried to sum up how I was feeling about improvised music in general, focussing somewhat on my dissatisfaction at the way the small internet based bulletin board communities had somehow managed to drive a bus through the middle of improvised music, dividing it cleanly in two, with one side labelled EAI (modern, innovative and good) and the other EFI (old, stagnant and bad). I argued back that the reality is nothing like as simple as that, and that the two somewhat non-descriptive acronyms were effectively useless and somewhat unfair and unhelpful generalisations. A year later I still believe these things firmly, but have, on the whole, ceased to be concerned by these issues. Why? Certainly the use of these terms to describe music in online circles is as commonplace as ever, what has changed?

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