Devour Your Limitations!
In any given situation your scope of action is determined by
specific contextual restrictions. These restrictions are very
likely to be historically produced, serving certain
interests. As somebody who works with noise & improvisation
and often makes records (more often than not collectively)
I find myself wondering what are the conceptual and
ideological limitations regarding making records? This
can not be answered without dealing with issues of
intellectual property and what this implies: authorship,
clear delimitation of what is the work and what is not, and
the separation between producer and consumer.
Intellectual property has grown hand in hand with capitalism
as a way of commodifying the intangible, the indefinable,
the elusive... as a way of taming culture in order to frame
it, make it stable and to be able to give it a value.
Any classification or categorization works as a way of
achieving mastery and social control. But when I think
of improvisation I think of it as elusive liquidity, in
Duchamp's and Bergson's lingo, as a matter of 'passages'
rather than 'stoppages'.
In an improvised concert situation, one throws a sound
without knowing what other people will do with it. One of
course is aware of the people that one is playing with but
basically one is open to anything. Why should it be
different when one makes a record?
Somebody mentioned the word plagiarism but this is nothing
but a capitalist fallacy.
As The Comte de Lautréamont said, plagiarism is necessary.
Whenever one person takes something and uses it in another
context, there is always a level of creativity going on. I
do not want to make hierarchies between different levels of
creativity. I have invented nothing. All I have done is take from
somewhere else, and to think of this as theft is simply
applying the logic of the police, which basically is what
the notion of authorship does.
Noise is the asshole of culture where everything is
possible, is about lack of respect, not only of previous
ways of music making, but also lack of respect regarding
the context that you are working with and the different
ways that this context might try to normalize or tame the
potential of this practice and your own creativity.