"?""!" //

Release date: 
Recording location: 
Koeln, Germany
Recording date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Nate Wooley
Recording engineer: 
Gerald Schauder
  • 1. "?" (04:50)
  • 2. Imaginarium...not much of a narrative (06:31)
  • 3. Just because you can doesn't mean you should (To the spirit of Alan Dawson) (07:09)
  • 4. Ars Est Celare Artem! (07:18)
  • 5. From comfortable to struggling (08:33)
  • 6. Iditarod (07:08)
  • 7. "!" (04:58)
  • 8. Concatenated without Abruption (for Dr. S. Johnson) (04:06)

Pleasure of the Text is pleased to announce that they will release Paul Lytton's ?! on June 1st, 2015. The first solo electronics and percussion by the radical European improvisor in over thirty years, ?! is the culmination of decades of research into and experience of new modes of communication.

Lytton, a central figure in the British free improvisation movement of the 1960s and 70s which included Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, and Paul Rutherford, was instrumental in reshaping the way drums and percussion were viewed in free music. He is one of a handful of percussionists from that time whose work allowed the drum kit to become even more free from the timekeeping constraints of jazz up to that point; the instrument becoming less a set of drums and more a series of membranes on which to create an atmosphere.

His earliest experiments in homemade instruments and electronics with Evan Parker have spurred generations on to look outside systems with names such as "jazz" and "improv" and to explore new modes of communication in the moment.
?! marks the first solo recording of Lytton since 1979's The Inclined Stick on PoTorch. The recording, as expected, is more structural or stratified, than linear or narrative. It allows the listener multiple levels and multiple views into the ever-changing language of one of the 21st century's master musicians.