GYRATORY SYSTEM

Gyratory System gradually emerged from a succession of improvisational trumpet projects and collaborations that led the late John Peel to joke that he was going to have Blick barred from the BBC's Maida Vale studios as he'd featured on so many sessions. In demand for a method of playing trumpet through effects that still remains a rare art (70s, On The Corner-era Miles Davis, fourth world pioneer and Brian Eno co-conspirator Jon Hassell and Andy Diagram, lately known for his work with Pere Ubu's David Thomas, are among Blick's only co-practioners) Blick pursued the Gyratory System project as he developed a recording and production technique he dubs The Process.

"The album title "the sound board breathes" is taken from a line in Milton's Paradise Lost," says Blick by way of introducing The Process. "One of the themes in Paradise Lost is the tension between free will and pre-determination. I wasn't trying to put Paradise Lost into musical form or anything as pompous as that, more getting the idea of that conflict, that there's a pre-determined formula and an improvised element."

Aside from the pages of l7th Century literature, Blick explains the inner workings of The Process. "We have a different formula for each track we do. It might be taken from serialist classical composers who take ideas from a formula, or minimalist composers like Steve Reich where they have set patterns for notes. There's also composers called the Spectralists, who actually analyse different frequencies that they can combine together to create individual sounds.