ICP 012 Handicaps

Maarten van Regteren Altena

Maarten van Regteren Altena, bass.

  1. Handicaps I (17.35)
  2. Marja's dream (01.35)
  3. Strabasky (02.47)
  4. Woody Woodpecker (03.08)
  5. Basta (01.41)
  6. Dog's delight (01.17)
  7. Handicaps II (08.50)
  8. The elephant (01.20)

Recorded on June and July 1973.

'While I was convalescing from a broken left wrist I got the idea that led to this record. Since I couldn't play anyway I thought of handicapping my bass: I put the same kind of cast on it's neck as I had on my wrist. Now my bass and I were in the same fix. This resulted in 'Handicaps I'. The recording quality is not as balanced as in the later pieces. Since I couldn't play for too long with a broken wrist, everything had to be done within a certain amount of time. 'Handicaps II' was recorded when my bass and I were in good health. The idea was inspired by women on old Japanese prints with hairpins inserted in their hair. The bows used are weaved in and out the strings. All other pieces are 'instant composings' except 'The elephant'. This is also the only piece dubbed in one time.' Maarten van Regteren Altena.

Cover photograph (reproduced above) by Pieter Boersma/design by Marja Samsom.

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