AMM, Ammmusic 1966

David Stubbs

By David Stubbs

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Witness the birth of noise in this mega-influential, landmark release.

A cornerstone release, this is one of the first live recordings by the free combo which featured guitarist Keith Rowe, drummer Eddie Prévost and the late composer Cornelius Cardew. Accompanied by Art of War-style aphoristic sleevenotes (“The reason for playing is to find out what I want to play”), the tracks here range between pregnant near-silences and squalling, instinctive/premeditated noise. By incorporating such elements as transistor radio into their music and their collective improvisations, AMM made '60s free jazzers sound like Glenn Miller by comparison.