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Works in Progress Vol. 8

by Al Swainger's Pointless Beauty

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Recorded Live on 1st Dec 2023 at Chapel Arts Centre, Cardiff

I've been working with free movement artist Jessica Lerner at a series of workshops she's been leading for Cardiff based Groundwork Collective. My role is to improvise freely and texturally to encourage surprise and freedom of movement for the class. I never know what will come out. I'm trying to surprise myself as well as find a way to structure that element into something that suggests shape or progress. Sometimes it feels successful, other times not. The process is the key factor here and I hope it provides interest in it's own context as well as that of the workshop situation.

Due to the limitation of the situation the audio is recorded ambiently on to my phone and transferred from there. Other than some basic mastering plugins this is presented unedited and 'in the room'.


released December 6, 2023

Al Swainger - Bass guitar, Helix, H9


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Al Swainger Bristol, UK

Cinematic Fusion for the Emotionally Curious


Rich and eclectic atmospheres to help you daydream and stimulate your emotions.

Pointless Beauty is the contemporary project of bassist, digital artist, composer, producer Al Swainger.

Blending a wide range of influences improvised music, this is a very personal take on what jazz or progressive music could be.
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