POLEMIC

It was not for nothing that Evil Dick used to call his label Polemic Music. This delusion that “good music” hovers above us sordid social animals like some unearthly pristine unctual anointment is a running sore which hurts us daily. In a false world, Truth becomes Polemic, not out of perverse itch of aggrandisement but simply by being true to itself. The proselytisers for “quality” are running stupid petty marketstalls whilst pretending they’re in a holy temple. Overturn the tables! Wreck the sales racks! In order to foreground the fact that all art is social (or anti-social!) statement, I wrote biographies of Zappa and Bailey – inspiral rubbishers of quality norms – but this “intellectual” approach got me the wrong audience. So I sent them over-educated suckers off to peruse Wire magazine, and tried something else: radio. After seventeen years, I’m glad to say I’ve gathered various Mitglieder (aka AMM All-Stars) and become a mite louder. Here is my most condensed and organised polemic yet, where I challenge you to tell the difference between: Blues, Freak Rock, Punk Rock, Free Improvisation, Politics, Entertainment and Poetry (with a little ugly something – probably called “Graham” – on the side …).

  • Evil Dick “The OTL Show Theme” 1:49
  • Evil Dick feat. Dave Jackson on tenor sax “Wolf Harbor” Mappa Zappa (Cordelia, 2018) 4:22
  • AMM All-Stars feat. Dave Black on bottleneck guitar “Glottal Bottleneck Folk Remedy” Combined and Uneven with Dipping Sauce 20-iii-2019 46:07>>52:08 6:01
  • The Blues Boys feat. Lonnie Johnson on violin “Memphis Stomp” 15-ii-1928 (Okeh 12″, 1928) 3:02
  • Mothers of Invention feat. Frank Zappa on sped-up guitar and Art Tripp on percussion “Nine Types of Industrial Pollution” Uncle Meat (Bizarre, 1969) 6:00
  • Derek Bailey and Min Xiao- Fen “Da Qing Ye (Woad)” 16-xii-1997 Viper (Avant/Disk Union, 1998) 4:38
  • Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa “Orange Claw Hammer” (KWST, 1975) 4:50
  • I Digress Indeed/Out To Lunch “Selection from Homo Fludens” (SoundCloud, 20-iii-2019) 18:26>>23:08 4:38
  • Gabba Zappa Hey! “Dead Girls of London” Mappa Zappa (Cordelia, 2018) 2:25
  • AMM All-Stars Still You Can Say Blacker and Blacker” Combined and Uneven with Dipping Sauce 20-iii-2019 31:20>>36:06 4:47
  • AMM All-Stars Composite of Multiple Developments” Combined and Uneven with Dipping Sauce 20-iii-2019 38:55>>41:26 2:31Music With
  • My Insane Friend and Loopy C “The BOOOOOOMMMM Connector” iii-2019 Old Dot Find (forthcoming) 13:02



HOMO FLUDENS

Splash’n’Klang is a musical practice developed by Out To Lunch in response to various problems facing modern music. Over the course of the twentieth century, recording wrecked the old composer-score-musician arrangement, enabling advanced music to dissolve the distinction between documentary sound and composed score (see Derek Bailey, Iancu Dumitrescu and Frank Zappa’s “Wolf Harbor”). However, although they play by ear and could invent every note, thus making each performance unique and extending musical variety and delight into infinity, most non-reading bands survive by reproducing known quantities. In order to encourage the musicians of AMM All-Stars to suspend musical time and pay attention to the sounds immediately in front of them, Out To Lunch records Splash’n’Klang in his bathtub: running taps, rattling the plug, pouring water from jugs, making bubble sounds, and striking floating bowls and glasses with plastic chopsticks. These rituals are then played during the weekly improvisation session by AMM All-Stars which constitutes Late Lunch With Out To Lunch, a radio show on Resonance FM (2-3pm Wednesdays). Splash’n’Klang was partly arrived at through email discussions with guitarist I Digress Indeed about listening to records whilst washing up, and noticing that emancipated music (Sun Ra, Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Eugene Chadbourne, Music With My Insane Friend, AMM All-Stars) renders each kitchensink noise vibrant, delicious and beautiful (“the thud of a saucepan as it hits the zink” as Richard Evans put it). OTL wanted to find a way of injecting these beauties into his broadcasts. He also acknowledges that humans and animals delight in water sounds because they remind them of urination (see James Joyce’s Chamber Music), and also of time spent in the womb and ancestral memories of all life’s oceanic origins. On 12th February 2019, possibly due to the drama of freeing a pigeon brought in by his two cats (Brella and Sox), OTL recorded a record-length Splash’n’Klang, and realised his application to this instrument had reached some kind of peak. So the soundfile was offered to I Digress Indeed (guitarist of Music With My Insane Friend) and this duet (one of three) resulted: “I can now join the pantheon of my personal household gods, and die happy” quoth Lunch.

Out To Lunch – Splash’n’Klang, pigeon rescue
I Digress Indeed – Guitar