The Multiverse Ennui Can't Last Forever

by Jonas Van den Bossche & Benne Dousselaere

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Isolated somewhere out in space is a room containing an observer, A, who is about to perform a measurement. After performing his measurement, he will record the result in his notebook. A believes that the outcome of his measurement is undetermined. In the meantime, however, there is another observer, B, outside the room, who is in possession of the description of the entire room — including the measuring apparatus, A, and the notebook — just prior to the measurement. B is only interested in what will be found in the notebook one week hence, so he computes the description of the room for one week in the future. One week passes, and we find B still in possession of the description of the room, which he believes to be a complete assessment of the room and its contents. If B's calculation tells beforehand exactly what is going to be in the notebook, then A is incorrect in his belief about the indeterminacy of the outcome of his measurement. At this point, B opens the door to the room and looks at the notebook. Having observed the notebook entry, he turns to A and informs him in a patronizing manner that since he (B) possessed the complete description of the room and its contents for that present moment, the result must have been decided only when B entered the room — so that A, his notebook entry, and his memory about what occurred one week ago had no independent objective existence until the intervention by B. In short, B implies that A owes his present objective existence to B's generous nature which compelled him to intervene on his behalf. However, to B's consternation, A does not react with anything like the respect and gratitude he should exhibit towards B, and at the end of a somewhat heated reply, in which A conveys in a colorful manner his opinion of B and his beliefs, he rudely punctures B's ego by observing that if B's view is correct, then he has no reason to feel complacent, since the whole present situation may have no objective existence, but may depend upon the future actions of yet another observer, C.

The album was recorded in one session on 20 February 2015 in Ghent, Belgium. Mixed and mastered by Jonas Van den Bossche and Benne Dousselaere.

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released March 26, 2016

JONAS VAN DEN BOSSCHE is a guitarist based in Ghent and Tallinn. He embraces contradiction and change, which enables his improvised playing to flow seamlessly from noise to melody to silence and back. He has been exploring noise, free jazz, improvised, and composed music on guitar for well over a decade. He especially enjoys the surprises that come from collaboration.
In recent years, Jonas has performed with David Rothenberg, Roomet Jakapi, Taavi Kerikmäe, Villem Jahu, Juhan Vihterpal, Alvin Raat, Hello Upan, Hannah Harkes, Yuri Landman, Otto Kokke, Thijs Troch, Kasper Van Esbroeck, Sigfried Burroughs, Thomas Betsens, Filip Gheysen, and Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson.

BENNE DOUSSELAERE is a musician based in Ghent. He is a member of The Violent Husbands and Tape Tum, and spins 78s with Thomas Smetryns as DJ duo Kopi&Luwak. Benne makes music for theater, dance, film and exhibitions.

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