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The Unquestioned Answer

by Sam Fendrich

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    Limited, numbered edition of 50 CDRs -each in a frosted plastic flexible case with hand stamped label, sugar paper sleeve and insert with notes on patterned paper.

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Urp 05:34
Frankly 08:42
Palomala B 08:47


Linear Obsessional is proud to release the third album of music by the effervescent composer Sam Fendrich-

The Unquestioned Answer – Notes

This is a compilation of some “shorter” electronic pieces completed in the not too distant past.

T. 1,2,3 “HMHC” (the Henry Miller Horn Concerto)
Another in an obsessive series concerning
“Man versus Machine”
“Machine Versus Machine”
' “and they said futurism is a thing of the past” '

T4 “Urp”
A joyous ode to the digestive system – pardon me

T5 “Frankly”
Anger, Sorrow and The Blues. We have so much to live for – death for example.

T6 “Palomala B”
The darker/sinister side of the bird of peace

T7 “Breathing Space”
An affectionate pastiche for E.P./P.L

A piece in a long, ongoing and painful project “blending” aspects of jazz structure, improvisation and whatever the hell else......

What is this or What was that? This piece is the end of many 'musical' threads mainly in my 'head' and some realized. But perhaps more importantly I hope it to be a beginning. What is a beginning? In mathematics and often in music we climb up a ladder and then we kick the ladder away and right there can be a beginning. It's clear to me that you should cherish ladders - and it's a mistake to take this as essentially sentimentality/nostalgia/fear....
So what is this piece about? Nothing! That's the official line. (That's my story - but I'm not sticking to it.) Because the occasion for writing this piece started (as all good mysteries should) with a phone call. My friend Mick 'the sailor' Green rang to invite me to his 70th (so what) birthday party. This triggered something - it's a long story and complicated - whatever - - however - I started to think of our musical beginnings together (we played endless rounds of what used to be called 'free jazz') and in particular I recalled how at the age of fifteen I first heard the opening notes of the Mingus Ah Um album and that was that. But what was what? I question my answer even before it's even been inchoately formulated. But it was a difference and indelible. And that's the thing with the piece..you see...and when I question why/what/how the music I immediately return to that few moments and also the 'spirit' of the music of Mick 'the sailor' Green and i and the thing is, I mean the question is 'What's Changed?' and the answer is, I joyfully realised, - nothing......except perhaps everything else.

Sam Fendrich - 2014


released July 17, 2014

Composed and recorded by Sam Fendrich

Sam Fendrich is a composer (born 1947, Novosibirsk, Siberia) based in London. He began his musical career as a double bassist in jazz and folk groups, before becoming a professional poker player for a year, then after studying mathematical philosophy he returned to composition. "Etude Brutus" was performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for the Sonic Arts Network. He is currently collaborating with the film maker Dominic Lee. When not composing Sam teaches higher mathematics. For Linear Obsessional Sam has previously released the albums "Etude Brutus" and "Swimming"




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Linear Obsessional presented music from the edges of culture, from the gaps between category....
2012 - 2022

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