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London, England (1965 – present)

1) AMM is a British free improvisation group, founded in London, England in 1965.

2) Japanese arranger. Circle: ShibayanRecords.

1. AMM have never been well-known to the general public, but have been, in their own way, hugely influential on several generations of adventurous musicians. AMM has been called “legendary” and “groundbreaking.” They are notable as the perhaps the first musical group to deliberately 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. ” 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!” There is an unconfirmed story that one of the group’s members told John Stevens, in a confidence that Stevens failed to keep, that the letters stood for Art, Music, Madness.

AMM was initially composed of Keith Rowe on guitar, Lou Gare on saxophone and Eddie Prévost on drums. Rowe and Gare were members of Mike Westbrook’s band; Prevost and Gare were also in a hard bop jazz quintet. The three men shared a common interest in exploring music beyond the boundaries of conventional jazz, as part of a larger movement that helped spawn European free jazz and free improvisation.

No AMM performance was ever planned; each was unique and spontaneous. The musicians tended to avoid any conventional melody, harmony or rhythm, and further sought an ensemble sound that often obscured any individual’s role.


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  • memristor

    fucking nuts

    2 May 6:43pm Reply
  • _duif

    'Place sub. v.' might well be the best post-Rowe AMM album.

    3 Apr 7:28pm Reply
  • Mampato

    You are correct. What I think I meant to say, though, is that it is best experienced in a live concert, instead of an album. (I think I wrote the comment after having attended an AMM live performance.)

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • _duif

    Weird comment... how can their music be anything but live?

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Mampato

    Their music translates excellently to a live medium.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • _duif

    Ah, good to see they changed it back to AMM. And to those who asked where they can purchase their CDs, I'd say if you're in Europe try their label: Matchless Recordings; in USA, go straight to Erstwhile Records (label & distro).

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • sprackcriddler

    Who cares if it's music or not. As long as it sounds good.

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • SLFV

    Nah it's music. I'd argue it's some of the purest music ever recorded~

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Lazare420

    I'm sorry but this is not music >_< It's just noise?

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bgk90

    Great place to start if you're looking to get into Alternative & Punk

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Sandronic

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • lettusc

    I'm not going to lie, i'm not quite sure what these guys did, but they opened me to a new world of expirementalism. Everything finally clicked when i heard AMMMusic, and now i fucking love Free Improv.

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • restinagony

    I can't believe I'm just discovering these guys. A gift to my ears indeed.

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • megajosh2

    Possibly (I've heard little of them and most free improv I listen to lacks amplification / electronics), but it is a good starting point for the average listener.

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Socax

    Most good Amm albums are better than AMMMusic

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • megajosh2

    ...why the hell is AMM capitalized like this?

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
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  • Socax

    yeah sure

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • _duif

    Amm????? die!

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
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