So I've got the book and I'm on the bus home flicking through the latest edition of The Wire when I come across a review of Musica Su Schemi because it's been reissued by Superior Viaduct. So that's my excuse for featuring it here. If you don't know G.I.N.C's music this album might be a better place to start. Saying that, I don't mean to underestimate your ability to take in purely improvised music, honest. Don't get me wrong, my collection's not packed with free-form avant-garde sounds featuring players tooting and hooting as they feel like it - no sir.
Since there's no immediate wow factor here you have to allow it to worm it's way into your brain. To do so, I suggest you put it on repeat and get on with whatever you want to do...the ironing...washing up...writing that post-modern non-linear novel you keep saying you'll write...whatever. You know the score...there isn't one, although I read that G.I.N.C use chess 'to define key parameters of their music' - the brainiacs! If that seems to promise studiously technical compositions the actual results are anything but. 'Omaggio A Giacinto Scelsi', in particular, grows organically from a quietly ominous drone into a dark vortex which sucks in your soul and spits it out again, fully nourished yet not quite sane.