Exact reproduction LP of a Swedish release from 1970. A bit of confusion surrounds this release: The album has been credited to Träd, Gräs och Stenar, but they aren't featured on it. Bo Anders Persson did, in fact, in collaboration with Solvieg Bark, compile, edit and release this album. Bo Anders Persson, was a member of the legendary Swedish bands Harvester, International Harvester, Pärson Sound, and Träd, Gräs Och Stenar. Solveig Bark was one of a few young composers that, through the UNM (Young Nordic Music Festivals), would become a contemporary of Erkki Kurenniemi, Folke Rabe, etc. Reportage: Spela Själv roughly translates to 'Play Yourself.' It contains field recordings of amateurs playing/making sounds. Travelling throughout sweden that year (landing at many of the yearly festivals more famously worked by tgos & ih-offshoots ) Bark & Persson both documented & participated in an improvised array of ad-hoc violin, hand-percussion, mouth-harp and bass/guitar/harp “jams”, captured in-situ (along with lots of environmental sounds ; children laughing, wind, crowds) with Persson capturing everything in blurry detail on his portable tape-machine (the outcome of which makes up the contents of the music herein). Raga Concrète, if you will. A fine, rare, and lovely piece to behold.
Among many forgotten musical innovations of the 1960s, perhaps the most obscure was that of audience-driven free improvisation. Groups such as Musica Elettronica Viva (consisting of American expatriate composers living in Italy) encouraged attendees at their gigs to become part of the performance, and more “out-there” psychedelic rock groups such as The Red Krayola and Cro-Magnon invited non-musicians to join in. Some of this music is only successful as an experiment in democratization, yet some can be fun to listen to. Reportage: Spela Sjalv (which translates to “reportage: play yourself”) is such an album. Edited and compiled by Swedish composers Bo Anders Person (who also played in Trad Gras och Stenar and Parson Sound) and Solvieg Bark, the album consists of many outdoor jams, akin to a rural, Swedish-folk influenced Amon Duul, interspersed with the sounds of children.