The Element Of Surprise by Odd originally contained no music. I wanted to see what would happen if I released something which had all the expected elements of a musical release – physical CD object, artwork, marketing etc – except for one thing, possibly (?) the most important thing: the music.
The question I was trying to explore was one of the most basic questions that experimental musicians grapple with all the time: ‘What is music?’
At its simplest this can mean deconstructing the classic ‘verse-chorus-verse’ structure of the popular music of the past fifty years. Or at its most extreme, it can make mean removing all sound like the composer John Cage once did, observing: “no silence exists that is not pregnant with sound.”