The Element Of Surprise by Odd originally contained no music. It was one of the earliest releases on the imaginary High Quality Recordings/Recordiau Safon Uchel label and I wanted to see what would happen if I released something which had all the elements present (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 a la John Cage, who observed: “no silence exists that is not pregnant with sound.”