Instant (album)

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Studio album by The Ex + Guests
Released October 1995
Recorded At the Koeienverhuurbedrijf, Purmerland, Holland
Genre Jazz, improvised, experimental, post-punk
Label CrossTalk (US)
Ex Records/RecRec Music (Netherlands)
Producer Dolf Planteijdt
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Instant is a double compact disc by the Dutch experimental post-punk band The Ex. The band recorded the album in conjunction with many guest musicians, notably members of Holland's Instant Composers Pool (ICP) for whom the album is partially named, the other part being that the Dutch term for "free improvisation" literally translates to "instant composition."[1]


The Ex had long collabroated with ICP members and featured those recordings on the double album Joggers and Smoggers and on the box set 6 (The Ex album)6. Instant marked the band's first album of entirely instrumental and improvised music. Instant's 32 tracks feature shifting duos and trios of musicians performing on a wide array of conventional (electric guitars, reeds, brass, etc) and non-conventional (e.g., toffee-tin bass) instruments.[2] Though the entire album could have fit onto one 70-minute CD, the band formatted it for a briefer listening experience with each of Instant's 35-minute discs containing 16 short tracks.

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Recorded at the Koeienverhuurbedrijf, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Produced by Dolf Planteijdt.


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