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Chance Operations


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    Two-cd set in a jewel case. Photos by T.J. Norris.

    Includes digital pre-order of Chance Operations. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    digital album releases September 5, 2019
    item ships out on or around September 4, 2019

      $15 USD or more 


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    Pre-order of Chance Operations. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    releases September 5, 2019

      $15 USD  or more


Conjuring Spirits
Box Knife Whippa
Drowning Sonnet
La Grande Odalisque
Scenic Eagle
Oblique Strategies
Toon Bat
Complicated Advisory
Cheapo Container
Materia Prima
Sloppy Jaw
We Bury Our Own
The Possibility Of Form
(You Got The Wrong) Eleanor Friedberger
Picture Plant Jacuzzi
Irrigating An Arid World
Because An Elephant Stepped On A SeeSaw
Repetition Is A Form Of Change
Ceiling Fan Ruminations


Chance Operations was inspired by John Cage’s “Silence.” RAIC often brings together musicians who normally would never play together. For Chance Operations, twenty musicians from a wide range of backgrounds- jazz, rock, noise and world music, some with backgrounds in improvisation and some without - came together at Etching Tin Studios in Richmond, Virginia. The musicians’ names were written on different ping pong balls and then placed in a sealed container. In a separate container were balls with the number for the ensemble ranging from a duet to a sextet.  “First we would randomly decide by chance how many people would be in a particular ensemble,” said Samuel Goff of RAIC. “If a quartet was decided, we then went to the other container and drew out 4 names. At times I was scared this might turn into a disaster, but it worked beautifully. We ended up with 21 songs featuring 20 different musicians. And with the different and often opposing backgrounds of the musicians we got a vast array of genres.”


"“.....I use chance operations instead of operating according to my likes and dislikes. I use my work to change myself and I accept what the chance operations say. The I Ching says that if you don’t accept the chance operations you have no right to use them. Which is very clear, so that’s what I do.”
—“Conversing With Cage”



releases September 5, 2019

Recorded December 15, 2018 at Etching Tin Studios in Richmond, VA.
Mixed during 4 sessions from December 2018 - April 2019
Produced by Samuel Goff
Mixed and mastered by Richard Schellenberg
Cover image by TJ Norris (from 'Urban Juxtaposition' series, 2018-20)

RAIC is Samuel Goff, Abdul-Hakim Bilal, Erik Michael Schroeder, Zoe Olivia Kinney and Laura Marina

RAIC for this album was:

Samuel Goff - Drums, Percussion, Keyboards
Abdul-Hakim Bilal - Guitar, Electronics, Drums, Percussion, Voice
Erik Michael Schroeder - Keyboards, Alto Saxophone
Laura Marina - Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Electronics
Jacob Courington - Bass, Drum Machine, Electronics
John Priestley - Bowls, Percussion
Fred McGann - Percussion, Tenor Saxophone, Radio, Voice, Keyboards
Kelly MacDonald - Guitar
Kyler O’Brien - Drums, Bass 
Jimmy Ghaphery - Alto Saxophone, Flute
Nat Quick - Selo, Bass
Brandon Simmons - Flute
Robert Andrew Scott - Guitar, Keyboards, Electronics, Violin, Vocals
Benjamin Schurr - Guitar, Electronics, Percussion, Vocals
Madeline Billhimer - Baritone Saxophone
Maura Pond - Vocals
Levi Christian Flack - Bass
Lucas Brode - Guitar
Brandon Whitaker - Drums
Richard Schellenberg - Percussion


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RAIC Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Avant Improv Collective. Samuel Goff. Abdul Hakim-Bilal. Erik Schroeder. Zoe Olivia-Kinney. Laura Marina.

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