Like a Melody, No Bitterness

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Like a Melody, No Bitterness
Bob Ostertag - Like a Melody No Bitterness.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 13, 1998 (1998-10-13)[1]
RecordedFebruary 1997 (1997-02)
StudioUniversity of Technology
(Sydney, Australia)
Bob Ostertag chronology
Like a Melody, No Bitterness
Verbatim, Flesh and Blood

Like a Melody, No Bitterness is the sixth studio album by Bob Ostertag, released on October 13, 1998 by Seeland Records.[2][3]


The album comprises a single piece of music created by a Ensoniq ASR-10 sampler that slowly builds throughout from quiet abstract atmospherics into a distortion informed counterpoints. The music represented a continuation of Ostertag expanding his art through mixing samples of human voices and chanting crowd noises with purely electronic soundscapes and collaborating with improvisational musical acts such as Fred Frith and John Zorn.[4] It was released to commemorate Ostertag's final improvisations using a sampler, which he had used to create music for over ten years, before switching to compose on a laptop computer.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[6]

François Couture of AllMusic gave the album two and a half out of five possible stars, saying "although Ostertag shows some nice invention and definite mastery of his art, the piece lacks direction."[6] A critic for Cadence gave it a positive review and called it "a long piece that grows and morphs itself from quiet clicks and rumblings into a complex web of shimmering intensity."[4]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Bob Ostertag.

1."Part 1"4:32
2."Part 2"3:01
3."Part 3"2:21
4."Part 4"6:39
5."Part 5"1:22
6."Part 6"3:11
7."Part 7"9:32
8."Part 8"6:55
9."Part 9"3:41


Adapted from the Like a Melody, No Bitterness liner notes.[7]


Additional musicians

Production and design

Release history[]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1998 Seeland CD SEELAND 508
2006 DL


  1. ^ Barnhart, Becky (2001). "Schwann Spectrum". Schwann Spectrum. Stereophile, Incorporated. 10: 151. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Bob Ostertag: Like a Melody, No Bitterness". The Wire. Tony Herrington (167–172): 71. 1998. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Cox, Christoph; Warner, Daniel (July 27, 2017). Audio Culture, Revised Edition: Readings in Modern Music. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 575. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b "Bob Ostertag: Like a Melody, No Bitterness". Cadence. David Haney. 24 (8–12): 10. 1998. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Ostertag, Bob (July 27, 2009). Creative Life: Music, Politics, People, and Machines. McFarland & Company. p. 222. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b Couture, François. "Bob Ostertag: Like a Melody, No Bitterness > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Like a Melody, No Bitterness (booklet). Bob Ostertag. San Diego, California: Seeland Records. 1997.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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