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INTERVIEW: Bob Ostertag

Mauricio Martinez

Published: 2011-07-06

Scholar, journalist, and improviser Bob Ostertag discusses the relationship between improvisation and electronic musical production, his time spent playing with renowned jazz improviser Anthony Braxton, and Walter Benjamin's insights on art with respect to contemporary forms of digital media distribution.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.