26 Discs of improvisations, an 87-page journal, and specially-created artwork, all by Massimo Magee

The first recording in this collection is from 2008. Some time after this, after having recorded a number of other improvisations (which make up the rest of disc 1), I decided to embark on a 25-disc exploration of total improvisation – a pursuit of improvisation in the absolute, through the medium of sound. I decided on 25 discs because I wanted the resulting collection of recordings to represent a larger snapshot of the ongoing process than is generally available. Any document of an improvisor is going to be simply a snapshot of their ongoing exploration of improvisation, but in this case I wanted that snapshot to cover a longer period of time (both in the making and in the listening) so as to give a different perspective. I was also keen for the experience of listening to this project to be more akin to reading a long novel – not something that could be finished in an hour or so and then either forgotten or repeated, but something that would take a long time to work through, something that the listener would have to live with for a longer period of time before reaching the end. Some time later, I also decided to write a journal to go along with the improvisations, writing one journal entry per improvisation recorded. I would recommend listening to this collection disc by disc, over whatever period of time is comfortable, reading the corresponding journal entries after listening to each disc. Although since the journal entries only start at track 27, this would only apply from disc 7 onwards. If you wanted to (and didn’t plan on sleeping) you could probably listen to the whole collection in one day, although this would require extraordinary dedication. The improvisations themselves were recorded on whatever recording equipment happened to be available, meaning that circumstances have left their mark on the recordings to a significant degree, and that the recording situations have been decided upon more or less on the fly. The recording quality of the improvisations, therefore, varies considerably. Most were recorded by me, although towards the end of the project situations arose whereby some of them could be recorded in much better quality by Alexander Feder. I should emphasise that this project (all 26 discs of audio, the journal, and the artwork) should be treated as a single work, and not divided into parts.

The Collected Solos Project is now available in only one format:

A digital version, which is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD at the following link:

[AR15]: Collected Solos

The digital version includes all 26 Discs of audio, the entire 87-page journal in pdf format, and the artwork, also in pdf format.  The audio is in mp3, and the total download is 1.8Gb in size.

4 Responses to “[AR15] Collected Solos”

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  2. […] as I have become in the last 24 hours, do yourselves a favor and download – gratis! – this 26-disc set ( Don’t forget to get a copy of this CDR […]

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  4. […] Magee approaches improvisation with the intellectual rigor of a scientist or a philosophy major, setting up situations and parameters and variables and then jumping into the deep end of the pool and losing all inhibitions, all the while totally aware of the specifics of the experiment. (Those wanting to explore improvisation further with Magee can check out his 26-cd set, available free as a download and with a fascinating 87-page book accompanying it, called COLLECTED SOLOS, a series of experiments with different approaches to improvisation as a discipline and as an artistic foundation on which one can build in unlimited directions…’s available at ). […]

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