Chance Operations

by RAIC

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Scenic Eagle 07:54
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Toon Bat 04:36
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Sloppy Jaw 01:05
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Epiousis 07:07
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about

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.”

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"“.....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”

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credits

released September 5, 2019

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