Liberties and Delights

Collin Sherman

One-person jazz performance of parts layered in the studio utilizing saxophones, clarinets, bass synths, drum programming, and various other acoustic and electronic instruments for a unique, eclectic experiment.

"Liberties and Delights", the eleventh release by New York-based musician Collin Sherman, explores the boundaries between free improvisation and composition using saxophones, clarinets, electronics and noise.

Like his previous releases, Collin recorded "Liberties and Delights" by playing every part himself, overlaying the separate instruments in the studio. Woodwinds are featured on every track, with the one constant wind being the alto saxophone, Collin’s primary instrument. One focus across these pieces is how the approach to free improvisation changes when there is only one person creating and overlaying all the parts. The different pieces explore this by creating structures with varying levels of complexity – some fairly structured with clear melodies, others with almost no structure or built only on propulsive vamps – to allow a soloist to respond to a predictable change, or total freedom to create the emotional core of the piece from the ground up in real time. The results range from steady and measured, to wild and unhinged.

Free improvisation is a search for truth and transcendental beauty. Although that search may never end, through this music, hopefully, we may all come a little closer to knowing that truth which we seek.

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Violence of Faction

Collin Sherman

Experimental jazz combining free jazz saxophone and drums with analog synth bass and ambient drones.

Violence of Faction, the tenth release by New York-based musician Collin Sherman, presents experimental jazz that fuses saxophones and hard-swinging rhythms with a variety of electronics and distorted drones.

Like his previous releases, Violence of Faction created with Collin playing every part, overlaying the separate instruments in the studio. This album weaves together intricate melodies, harmonies and solos with saxophones and clarinets, bass lines from rich analog synths, and realistic-sounding drum programming, along with other electronic flourishes and virtual instruments. Collin’s alto saxophone, as his primary instrument, takes the focus in these six compositions, as he plays jagged, aggressive lines that create excitement throughout.

Free improvisation is a search for truth and transcendental beauty. Although free jazz is a primary influence on Violence of Faction, Collin maintains a keen sense of melody which helps define that search in each piece. Although that search may never end, through this music, hopefully, we may all come a little closer to knowing that truth which we seek.

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Fungible Deities

Collin Sherman

"Fungible Deities", the ninth release by New York-based musician Collin Sherman, is a continuation of the jazz-centric execution which began with 2017’s "Biologic Obligations". The pieces use jazz rhythms and free improvisation, while incorporating metallic soundscapes and ambient drones.

While the focus of "Fungible Deities" is clearly on jazz, many of the pieces eschew the common head/solos/head structure for a more fluid theme-based structure, with short refrains repeating at various points throughout each composition. Drawing, to various degrees, from New York’s Downtown avant-garde, early electronic experimentation, New Orleans collective improvisation, 1960s spiritual jazz, noise and drone music, Collin fuses disparate influences to create a coherent sound reflecting contemporary anxieties.

Since the release of his first album of ambient electronic music in 2012, Collin’s style has expanded with each release to incorporate more live instrumentation, layers of sound, and greater complexity. "Fungible Deities" represents his most stylistically focused release to date.

Instrumentation: Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Keyboards/Synths, Guitar, Electronics, Drum Programming.

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Biologic Obligations

Collin Sherman

Horns, analog synths, and propulsive rhythms provide the ingredients for unexpected compositions and free improvisation.

This is best described as left-field, sludgy DIY jazz. Oily analog synths gurgle simple harmonies over shifting rhythms while reeds blow melodic, dissonant, then consonant, and always free enough to smudge the outlines of what you thought was the structure, but keeps changing. Classic jazz combo sensibilities blend with electronic experiments, drones, and noise to create something truly unique.

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Pleasant Enough

Collin Sherman

This is a foray into harsh noise, made from the unrepentant abuse of various analog synths, outboard mixers, horns, novelty instruments and other junk.

I don't consider myself a noise artist per se, but the musical structures I utilize tend to be rather loose, which lends itself well to a noisy or collage effect. This album is the product of lots of experimentation with different techniques for making some truly awful sounds, lots of editing large troves of the resulting sound files, and more obsessive tweaking than one might think for something that is going to end up sounding like noise anyway. The results act as a nice steel wool to scour away the buildup of frustration and resentment that keep you up at night.

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Accompaniments for Sparse Rhythms

Collin Sherman

A forceful combination of electronic, jazz, improvisation, noise and drone formats.

As the title suggests, this is the first of my projects to consistently use rhythm throughout the album. I use a variety of instruments, including soprano sax, alto sax, soprano clarinet, bass clarinet, analog synths, electric guitar, and various electronics to create a sound that melds improvisations rooted in jazz with distorted drones and electronic textures.

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Extended Sonority

Collin Sherman

Long-form ambient piece which utilizes digitally treated acoustic instruments and non-traditional sound sources.

This piece utilizes alto saxophone and bass clarinet, both digitally treated to alter their original sounds, as well as synthesizers and static. It slowly evolves over the course of over thirty minutes with repetitive mechanical sounds ebbing in over time.

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Psychosounds for Pseudosciences

Collin Sherman

This album was influenced by harsh noise and dark ambient music. Significantly more abrasive than most of my other work.

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