Restlessly inventive improvising trio Medeski Martin & Wood have embarked on an ingenious new experiment dubbed The Radiolarian Series.
In February Medeski Martin & Wood began their Radiolarian Series, a three run, three record project. In direct contrast to they way things are usually done MMW decided to spend 2008 composing the skeleton of new music, taking it on the road to flesh out the composition, and finally putting the by now well played notes down as tracks. Three times. Radiolarians 1 is the first in this 3 record series.
Radiolarians (also radiolaria) are amoeboid protozoa that produce intricate mineral skeletons, typically with a central capsule dividing the cell into inner and outer portions, called endoplasm and ectoplasm. "
These "Unicellular Planktonic Marine Organisms" grow their intricately beautiful patterned skeleton around their soft core in defiance of normal biological process, similarly to Medeski Martin and Woods latest creative cycle.
Some of the best examples of Radiolaria can be found in German Biologist Ernst Haeckel's book Art Forms From The Ocean: The Radiolarian Atlas Of 1862.
1) First Light
2) Cloud Wars
3) Muchas Gracias
4) Professor Nohair
6) Free Go Lily
7) Rolling Son
8) Sweet Pea Dreams
9) God Fire
10) Hidden Moon
“The problem with us,” keyboardist John Medeski explains, “is that when we record an album, by the time a record company gets it out, we’ve already been playing the music for six or eight months, and we’re ready to move on.” The Radiolarian Series – named after a type of single-celled organisms with dazzlingly intricate exoskeletons – is designed to subvert the age-old music industry cycle of write/record/tour. The trio, consisting of Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood, will convene for brief writing retreats, perform only that new material on tour, record the material immediately after getting off the road, and release it as an album on their own Indirecto label. The First Album of this three part series.
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