Friday, August 24, 2012

"Daunting is What I Do"

There is a short John Paul Jones interview in the October 2012 edition of Uncut, which hit the newstands today.

uncutcover210812w1In the interview, Jones describes playing with Led Zeppelin, especially in the early days, and compares it to playing with the "Norwegian noisemakers," Supersilent.
There was great unplanned improv sequences in Led Zep songs...  Quite often I found myself onstage with absolutely no idea of what I was going to do, and that's the fun of it...

When asked to play with Supersilent for the first time in 2010, he asked what they did:
Well, we don't talk about it, we don't rehearse, we just play.

"I thought it sounded intriguing," Jones says.

When playing with Supersilent, Jones plays a 12 string bass through a programming system called Kyma. Of Supersilent, Jones says:
It can be extraordinarily delicate and beautiful, or it can sound like the end of the world.

Of Jones, Supersilent's Helge Sten says:
(he has a) really big palette of things - he's playing bass but what you hear sounds completely different.

Jones also talks about the opera he is working on, August Strindberg's play, The Ghost Sonata, due for completion in 2015. "It's more than slightly daunting," he says. "But daunting is what I do."

Jones will be performing with Supersilent in Birmingham on November 14, Glasgow on November 15, Manchester on November 16, Bristol November 17 and London on November 18.

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