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ImprovFriday 'Variations'

Welcome to another ‘Whats New At ImprovFriday’ blog entry. ImprovFriday is an online social music community where a number of our member artists gather each weekend and produce newly created musical works and publish to the world under Creative Commons license. Some weekend events are assigned a theme where each artist participating are encouraged to do something with the given theme but the choice is always left open. Other weekends are ‘anything goes’. Improvisation and spontaneous responses are encouraged. Often individual posted works are downloaded and combined with other works to produce a completely new piece, the process dubbed ‘mashing’.

This weekend’s suggested theme was ‘variations’. var·i·a·tion[s] (vâr-shn, vr-)
n. 1. a. The act, process, or result of varying. b. The state or fact of being varied. See Synonyms at difference. 2. The extent or degree to which something varies: a variation of ten pounds in weight. 3. Magnetic declination. 4. Something slightly different from another of the same type. 5. Biology
a. Marked difference or deviation from the normal or recognized form, function, or structure. b. An organism or plant exhibiting such difference or deviation. 6. Mathematics A function that relates the values of one variable to those of other variables. 7. Music a. A form that is an altered version of a given theme, diverging from it by melodic ornamentation and by changes in harmony, rhythm, or key. b. One of a series of forms based on a single theme. 8. A solo dance, especially one forming part of a larger work.

This weekend’s produced works…

Christina White – 1st time participant 

powderpuff variation

Norbert Oldani

Light Blue  (Seamless set of improvised variations via my living room piano and ZoomH4n recorder)

Steve Layton

Bare Branches

Bouncie Variations

Torrent (feat. Benjamin Smith, Richard Sanderson, Paul Muller, Steve Moshier, Steve Layton)

The Ballerina Machine (feat. Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Norbert Oldani, Roger Sundström, Kavin Allenson)

The Little Things Matter (feat. Chris Vaisvil, Kawol Samarkand, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Bruce Hamilton)

Follow Your Bliss (feat. Jim Goodin, Paul Muller, Christine White)

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

rain check

constant overexposure  Improvisation for prepared balalaika, melodica, Sega Genesis, SMS, objects.

weird yogurt  Manipulated Nintendo DS/Korg DS-10 improvisation

Kavin Allenson

solipsism in 3 easy steps

Jesu variation

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström

Monotron Vari 01

Monotron Vari 02

Moon Fever (feat. Norbert Oldani, Steve Layton, Jim Goodin)

Moon Safari (feat. Christina White, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Steve Layton, Steve Moshier)

Benjamin Smith




Richard Sanderson @ Linear Obsessional Recordings

Mouse Magnet (improvisation for amplified melodeon)

Steve Moshier @

Reckless Heartthrob

Paul H. Muller – Ventura Contemporary Music

Drone for Church Organ

Powderpuff Monotron  (feat. Christine White, Ben Smith, Roger Sunstrom)

Jim Goodin @ Jim Goodin Bandcamp

Ten of Steel in Variation


Sargasso – Piece for Electro-Acoustic Guitar

Paul Hertz

The nones of March

Paul Hertz & Benjamin Smith (mix Steve Layton) 


Kawol Samarkand 

kawol at Yellow Vision, Tokyo – March 10, 2012 / #3

kawol at Yellow Vision, Tokyo – March 10, 2012

Kawol Samarkand (remastered by Steve Layton)

Town of Delusion

Chris Vaisvil @

Prime Dimensioned

11 edo synthesizer improvisation   details are here

Wouldn’t You Know It

Shane Cadman & Kavin Allenson (mix Steve Layton)

A hui kaua

Bruce Hamilton @


Shane W. Cadman @


Whats New at ImprovFriday is a WordPress blog managed by ImprovFriday member artist Jim Goodin. Your comments are welcomed and if you are interested in creating or presently creating interesting musical works with an experimental bent, come join the community

Composer/filmmaker Richard Lainhart was a member of ImprovFriday and a leading composer of electronic experimental music in our present times. Richard passed away on December 30, 2011. On March 4th of 2012 a memorial tribute was held in Brooklyn, NY, at Roulette Intermedium in his honor and memory. The event was streamed to the web and the archive is available for viewing here. Richard Lainhart Memorial Tribute. A copy of the program is also available here. Richard Lainhart Memorial Tribute Program – pdf.

Check out the podcast by Jim Goodin and Paul Muller interviewing musical artists through conversation.

See you next time…


A 'Look' about ImprovFriday

Photo by William Shannonhouse

Photography: William Shannonhouse

I’ve been remiss for several weeks, months in writing about the weekly goings on at ImprovFriday, a New Music community on the Ning social network that is going on it’s three or four something year in steady active recorded musical artistry being produced each and every weekend without fail. ImprovFriday which can be accessed at started as a hash tag on Twitter with initial energy of James Combs (aka J.C. and not the one in LA or Ohio 🙂 ) encouraging friends/fellow artists to produce a track of spontaneous music done on Friday. The idea evolved to a gathering of artists and then and I’m minimizing here, found a formal home on Ning which I joined about two years ago now through a friend/fellow artist from the Loopers-Delight community, Jeff Duke, maker of ‘other music’.

Each weekend as mentioned beginning just before the weekend, Thursday afternoon at 4pm PST and going through Saturday evening at 6pm PST, the ImprovFriday community holds a formal event ‘thread’ encouraging all interested to post new musical works ideally created within current time of the event under Creative Commons distribution, to the ImprovFriday site for world listening. The regularity of twenty-five to thirty artists from the community has gotten so tight and cohesive that the work produced though produced isolated, when heard together and many tracks get ‘mashed’ together, sound amazingly connected. In the last few months the work which has never been purposely curated or will be curated has evolved to occasionally be guided by a suggested ‘theme’ such as recent ones, politics, islands, fragile, voice and others. Then after a few weeks of ‘themed’ we will have our historical ‘free for all’ meaning anything goes which even on themed the option for anything goes is still there.

I referenced the term ‘mash’ earlier. Mash for the uninformed means in terms of music, sound, to take several audio works and layer them together in an audio mix and in turn they become a new compositional piece. Staff member Steve Layton often produces several amazing mash pieces in a given thread. One done this weekend that I really found moving was City of Glass Spires which featured works layered together of Chris Vaisvil, Kavin Allenson, Shane Cadman and Steve Moshier. This piece to my ears blended a sense of aural fantasies on Neptune’s waters with the Wizard of Oz glass slippers and it echoed the feeling of the whole weekend event.

Though the bulk of the work produced each weekend is aural occasionally a video piece is put together as in the case of one done this weekend by Kavin Allenson and photographer William Shannonhouse, celebrating the magical planet aligning recent date of November 11, 2011 or numerally spelled ‘111111’.

Benjamin Smith’s initial traditional acoustic piano piece indicative of the thought and development that often goes in to each artist’s work on ImprovFriday, starting with an idea and evolving often growing an entire journey of exploring.

And now an invitation to check out all the work produced this weekend (November 10 – 12, 2011) on ImprovFriday. Follow this link for one contiguous musical stream and join us regularly beginning each pre-weekend Thursday at 4pm PST.

Jim Goodin