APPROXIM Seven basic principles
 
Open Space Jazz is based on seven basic principles

1. Whoever listens, they are good musicians too.

2. Whatever happens is for the good.

3. Conditions should be taken for what they are.

4. The composition is determined by coincidence.

5. Everyone may start whenever they feel like it.

6. Everyone may stop whenever they think it is time to.

7. Everyone is free to move around as they like.


Whoever listens, they are good musicians too.

All musicians who listen to Radio Approxim are allowed to make live music simultaneously. Interest may be enhanced through
e-mail or Twitter campaign. Creating a certain tension or expectations in the preliminary phase increases the chance of a large turnout and proves the ones who don’t listen are wrong.


Whatever happens is for the good.

In consultation with the performing musicians, a number of instruments will be presented. This selection is not chosen to realize a premeditated music performance, but to start a process, in which all participants inspire one another to achieve a certain result, drawing frequently upon the collective memory and the (hidden) talents an skills that are present in each experiment.


Conditions should be taken for what they are.

According to the wishes and objectives of the Open Space, an appropriate hour is chosen and the Approxim Studio or incidental location is booked. Ultimately, the mood and the setting of the music will be influenced by all kinds of conditions. Whether the recording is successful or not, need not to depend on the studio or the instruments, however. One gets the sound one deserves, and a good performance is only created by the good people involved.


The composition determined by coincidence.

To get a group of musicians going, a random division into instruments is made. Upon arrival, everyone is free to choose one or more instruments to start with. Subsequently, a clock indicates when the recording time will start and from then on, people are referred to each successive minute of the recording. Some people will stick to their first choice, others may quit and take over another instrument. Anyone is free to choose.


Everyone may start whenever they feel like it.

None of the musicians knows in advance what is going to happen nor can they anticipate the situation. Some of them may have expected something completely different, hoping for a beautiful melody or solo. Other may show a rigid attitude: 'I wasn't educated for this, was I..?' and need more time to get acclimatized. Allow them some time to adjust; Approxim will frequently encourage them to join in anyway and become loyal members of the group.


Everyone may stop whenever they think it is time to.

In Approxim projects, the musicians do unusual things with instruments and show unfamiliar sides of themselves in ways they are not used to. The aim is to create a stimulating recording in which people go from one surprise to the next, but surpass themselves and each other frequently as well. Not everyone has the same tension arc, however. People tend to feel they are judged personally on their individual piece of music or their own commitment. Everyone should be accepted as they are and be free to decide when 'it' is ready.


Everyone is free to move around as they like.

As stated before, musicians have the right to move around as they like. If you feel you have landed in a situation from which you cannot perform anything or to which you cannot contribute anything: use your own two feet to walk to a more appropriate instrument. Feel free to walk around to look and hear what is going on in other musicians and join in when you like it. This way, participants take ideas and experiences from one instrument to another, which leads to cross-fertilization.