Ben Zucker’s Confluere

ben-zucker-grey-e1428307366685-1Bedrock is proud to announce that we will be giving away free digital downloads of the piece Confluere, generously donated to us by the exceptionally talented musician, improviser, and composer Ben Zucker. Confluere is a conjugated Latin verb in the present active infinitive form. The word means to flow together with, or assemble. Ben Zucker composed this piece while attending a graduate program in London. He made use of the facilities’ studio and began assembling a work of tracking, layering, and overdubbing. Mr. Zucker plays all the instruments himself and composed the piece by improvising with himself over previous takes, proving that one need not stick with the conventional role of the composer and typical composer practices. It is as though the currents of history converge in a present Confluere, creating a unity out of disparate materials. The music feels like a livelier Morton Feldmon, however, Zucker is creating his own sound, germinating from his own improvisation.

Ben Zucker is an extremely unique individual. He grew up in the Bay Area and studied with the legendary free jazz artist Anthony Braxton as an undergraduate. After spending some time abroad, Mr. Zucker has reintegrated himself into the Bay Area scene and has become a staple in the community.

This download is not to be missed. Confluere gives the listener a window into the sound of contemporary Avante-Garde compositional practices and what the younger musicians are starting to sound like as they grow into maturity. Confluere is an assemblage of all the disparate acts of music making, radiating from Ben Zucker as he presents us with an aesthetic phenomenon that gives rise to the erection of a thing that stands alone while only being able to be through the disparate elements of recorded improve. Due to the almost sentient nature of the piece, Zucker’s album resembles philosopher Deniel Dennett’s theory of consciousness offered in his 1991 book Consciousness Explained. In the book, Dennett argues that there is no mind body dualism, but rather consciousness comes to be after disparate sections of the brain work together in such a way that they give rise to consciousness, even if only as an illusion. Zucker’s own consciousness becomes embedded in Confluere, indicating the process of artistic production and natural production that are more similar than we may initially assume.

I know from speaking with Ben Zucker that he wants people who are interested in what he’s doing to be able to hear his productions. While he (obviously) has an online presence, Zucker was attracted by the novelty of disseminating his music the old fashion way, in a record store. Perhaps it will give rise to a Confluere of consciousness in the Bedrock space, bringing different subjects in our own assemblage, brought together through the curiosity of participating in a new sonic identity shaped by disparate elements. Come soon to claim your free download today as we have a limited number of copies. Bedrock is proud to host this musical experience!

-Benjamin Westfall

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