When a new way of organizing information arrives, without warning fully formed, it can be a traumatic experience for the collective unconscious. The individuals who came together to for AMM in London in 1965 were reacting to their own deeply internalized and painfully scrutinized understanding of postwar western culture. Guitarist Keith Rowe was playing progressive, melodic jazz but when he was thrown out of his band Rowe was free to emulate and explore Jackson Pollock’s modus operandi of laying a canvas on the floor, by placing the guitar face up on a table where it could manipulated with toys, tools and other devices.

-From WIRE magazine issue 385


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