Defining squib-box

What’s a Squib? Han Solo says, “Squibs. They’ll sell you a bucket of air if you let them, and keep the bucket.” Wookiepedia defines them more generally as “a sentient species from Skor II known for collecting, trading, and haggling.” The Harry Potter Wiki  has this: A Squib is a non-magical person who is born to at least one magical parent. Or, as Ron Weasley says, “A Squib is someone who was born into a wizarding family but hasn’t got any magic powers. Kind of the opposite of Muggle-born wizards, but Squibs are quite unusual.” Alternately, squib is defined as a small explosive, a football (American style) type of kickoff, a stuck projectile in a firearm, a racing keelboat, a weblog application, and a brief satirical or witty piece of writing…

And what about a squib-box? Federico Rueben has his own definition of what that is: squib-box is a netlabel and an artist-led organization that puts on live events and promotes uncompromising newly composed and improvised music. We have many free recordings on the website (a lot of “free improv” with me on live electronics!) as well as studio recordings that are more than affordable – like Mark Knoop’s Accordion Favourites, which includes compositions by Michael Finnisy, Laurence Crane, Chris Newman, amongst others. We also have many exciting artists involved in the project, including Lore Lixenberg, Mark Knoop, Dominic Lash, Mowgli, Zipperface, Perro-chimp, and many more… More information can be found in a podcast here.

FreuPinta (Rueben’s algorithmic band) has put out a free album (yes, free!) Sporcizia Accademica, check it out and other ear goodies on the squib-box website. You’ll find a list of concerts and info about all the members and you can even visit the shop and buy an official squib-box tshirt!


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