“Every grain of sand glitters and vibrates with life, and flash floods over time unwitnessed. The night winds chill newcomers to the bone. The long silences amplify tinnitus and heartbeats, and clear away spirit-noise. With all mind-sludge melted away in the heat, artists have to talk to their raw imagination. (What ARE you? Are you what I have to say?) The ear not bombarded with traffic perceives sounds like beads spilled on the sand.”

Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruckt) is the right of the people to harvest the fruits of common property. The duo Usufruct, consisting of flutist, composer, vocalist/improviser Polly Moller Springhorn and computer musician Tim Walters, deconstructs, lovingly reassembles, and improvises around found texts and musical materials.

Both of them are veterans of the Transbay creative music scene and equally at home in contemporary classical, rock, and freely improvised musics. In founding Usufruct they set out to bring sounds from their free-improvisation vocabularies into a more compositional framework, and set up a creative process where both their minds can wander and come together sonically over sounds and words embedded in Western consciousness. They find them ripe for slicing, dicing, tenderizing, pickling, caramelization, maceration, marinading, and presentation with special sauces.

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