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Dedicated to the memory of Keith Tippett

This isn't a track written for Keith but it is inspired by my interactions with him and observations of his process working with groups over many years. An improvised piece made from 10 collaborative layers. Each musician recorded remotely with a simple brief to guide their interaction. As each new layer was digitally delivered I would listen, reflect, edit by cutting or adding effects and reflect again. In this way the piece grew organically and cumulatively. My goal was to allow space for each new voice to feature in some way without dominating the existing musical conversation.


released June 15, 2020
Composed, edited & produced by Al Swainger

Improvised sources (in order of addition) by :

Al Swainger - Bass FX pad
Jesse Molins - Guitar
Jon Clark - Cello
Jim Rintoul - Double Bass
Emmy Broughton - Harp
Helen Sheppard - Vocals
Kevin Buckland - Bass FX pad
Ruth Molins - Flute
Al Swainger - Bass FX pad / Vocals
Sophie Swainger - Violin

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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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