To roll away from the center toward X, as Nietzsche described the situation of the post-Copernican West, is to lose the firm ground of metaphysical certainty undergirding what we claim to know of the world. Be that as it may (or may not), here rolling away from the center toward X serves as a metaphor for fully improvised music, which starts from a zero point defined by the certainty of what it is not—not scripted, not constrained by a score, not structured beforehand—and moves toward some unknown X that is the product of an ongoing process of interpretation and response, a something as yet to be determined.
The album Away from the Center Toward X is a collection of freely improvised music recorded live in the studio.
Daniel Barbiero: double bass & prepared double bass
Will Robin: alto saxophone & voice
Recorded in Silver Spring, MD on 18 August 2018