Like a Melody, No Bitterness is Bob Ostertag’s first solo release in five years. His previous solo recordings, Sooner or Later and Burns Like Fire, are both recognized as classics, if there can actually be such a thing in a field as new as sampling.
While the previous two recordings are highly structured compositions created from pieces of politically-charged “found sound,” Like a Melody heads in another direction entirely.
In recent years, Ostertag has performed most frequently as a solo artist, often playing improvisations. In this he has probably pushed the sampler further as a tool of live improvisation than any other artist.
Like A Melody, created from edited improvised performances, documents this work on recording for the first time. While maintaining the emotional intensity of his previous work, the measured pace of the previous compositions is exchanged for a more open and wild, even careening journey.