AMM

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AMM are an important British free improvisation group, founded in London, England in 1965.

AMM have never been well known to the general public, but have been incredibly influential on the field of improvised music. AMM have been called "legendary" and "groundbreaking.", and are notable as perhaps the first musical group deliberately to try to make music not related to any established musical genre: as Michael Nyman wrote, "AMM seem to have worked without the benefit or hindrance of any kind of prepared external discipline."

Most of their recordings have been released on Matchless Recordings, run by founder member and percussionist Eddie Prévost.

In a 2001 interview, founding member Keith Rowe was asked if "AMM" was an abbreviation; he replied, "The letters AMM stand for something, but as you probably know it's a secret!

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RéR Megacorp 2003
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At the RoundhouseAt the Roundhouse
Anomalous 2006
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AMM / Combine + Laminates + Treatise '84 (Live at the Arts Club, Chicago)AMM / Combine + Laminates + Treatise '84 (Live at the Arts Club, Chicago)
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AMM Ammmusic album cover 4.05 | 2 ratings
Ammmusic
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1967
AMM To Hear And Back Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Hear And Back Again
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1978
AMM AMM III : It Had Been An Ordinary Enough Day In Pueblo, Colorado album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
AMM III : It Had Been An Ordinary Enough Day In Pueblo, Colorado
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1980
AMM The Crypt - 12th June 1968 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Crypt - 12th June 1968
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1981
AMM Generative Themes album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Generative Themes
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1983
AMM The Inexhaustible Document album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Inexhaustible Document
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1987
AMM AMM & Musica Elettronica Viva : Apogee album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
AMM & Musica Elettronica Viva : Apogee
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2005

AMM EPs & splits

AMM AMM / Merzbow : Split Series #4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
AMM / Merzbow : Split Series #4
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1999

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AMM Combine And Laminates album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Combine And Laminates
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1990
AMM The Nameless Uncarved Block album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Nameless Uncarved Block
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1991
AMM Newfoundland album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Newfoundland
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1993
AMM From A Strange Place album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
From A Strange Place
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1996
AMM Laminal album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Laminal
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1996
AMM Live In Allentown USA album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Allentown USA
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1996
AMM Before Driving To The Chapel We Took Coffee With Rick And Jennifer Reed album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Before Driving To The Chapel We Took Coffee With Rick And Jennifer Reed
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1997
AMM Tunes Without Measure Or End album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Tunes Without Measure Or End
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2001
AMM Fine album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Fine
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2001
AMM AMM - Formanex album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
AMM - Formanex
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2003
AMM Norwich album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Norwich
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2005
AMM Trinity (with John Butcher) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Trinity (with John Butcher)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2008
AMM Uncovered Correspondence - A Postcard From Jasło album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Uncovered Correspondence - A Postcard From Jasło
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2010
AMM Sounding Music album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Sounding Music
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2010
AMM Two London Concerts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two London Concerts
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012
AMM Place sub. v. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Place sub. v.
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2014
AMM Spanish Fighters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spanish Fighters
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015
AMM An Unintended Legacy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
An Unintended Legacy
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018

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AMM Ammmusic

Album · 1967 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Stemming from the classical indeterminacy of artists like John Cage and the free jazz antics of rule breakers like Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, during the 60s these influences along with other atonal sounds from the musique concrete movement culminated into the experimental noise and free improvisation sounds with the London based group AMM leading the way in divorcing themselves from any remaining melodies, rhythms or predictable musical patterns. The group started in 1965 when Keith Rowe (guitar), Lou Gare (saxophone) and Eddie Prévost (drums) found the commonality of creating free form noise from their instruments that was designed to be spontaneous embellished by unorthodox methods of adding extra touches of weirdness to the mix such as amplifying the abuse of everyday objects, using radio feedback as part of the overall flow of noise and Rowe’s deconstructed guitar techniques including untuned strings. After a heavy rotation of finding musicians who shared the same vision, the group grew to a quintet with Cornelius Cardew (piano, cell, transistor radio) and Lawrence Sheaff (cello, accordion, clarinet, transistor radio) joining the noise seeker ranks.

Because of their ambitions to sound utterly alien, their spontaneous music ensemble succeeded in scoring an opening spot with the then still free improv psychedelic band Pink Floyd at the famous UFO Club and in the fertile experimental fields of the 60s managed to ultimately score them a record deal with Elektra Records which was one of the big wig labels of the day as they were responsible for such hugely successful acts like The Doors. Unfortunately after AMMMUSIC sold virtually zilch amount of records, the band was immediately dropped leaving them to finding their own twisted way in the world, thus keeping them tethered to the deep recesses of the underground world as a cult curiosity for those who relish in the most out-there collections of sounds to be heard. Despite it all the undeterred group continues to the present day continuing their refusal to rehearse their compositions and still only perform spontaneously without previous notice.

The original LP released in 1967 contains two sprawling tracks that both clock in over the 20 minute mark and are utterly unintelligible as they consist of nothing more than constant flows of free improv sounds eschewing every aspect of “normal” music. Nothing even close to melodies, no steady rhythms and absolutely no recognizable structures whatsoever. It makes me think of the interior of the sun with random forces and explosions of sonic decibalage haphazardly punctuating the silence in aimless and arbitrary modus operandi that appear to have some hidden agenda as they swirl and swoosh about but is too removed from reality to understand it. The results of this nasty noise that celebrates chaos, atonality and the ultimate bizarre is like stepping into another reality altogether, suspending all expectations and placing the listener in a mediative state of disbelief with only the recognizable timbres of the instruments tethering consciousness to the world in which we are familiar.

More than a worthy addition to the Nurse With Wound list, AMM has persevered by carving out their own unique niche in the world of noise and improv and hides in the shadows of the popular musical world that dominates at any given moment. While original pressings are always preferred to experience first, some of the newer pressings on CD have extra tracks from the same sessions that add different takes of the two tracks as well as four completely unreleased tracks which are excellent complimentary companions to the originally intended tracks. If you’re looking for weird then look no further than AMMMUSIC. This is the type of sound collage that takes you somewhere you never knew existed and has enough going on so that it’s impossible to get bored.

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