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
Light Blue (Seamless set of improvised variations via my living room piano and ZoomH4n recorder)
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)
constant overexposure Improvisation for prepared balalaika, melodica, Sega Genesis, SMS, objects.
weird yogurt Manipulated Nintendo DS/Korg DS-10 improvisation
Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Moon Fever (feat. Norbert Oldani, Steve Layton, Jim Goodin)
Moon Safari (feat. Christina White, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Steve Layton, Steve Moshier)
Richard Sanderson @ Linear Obsessional Recordings
Mouse Magnet (improvisation for amplified melodeon)
Steve Moshier @ stevemoshier.com
Paul H. Muller – Ventura Contemporary Music
Powderpuff Monotron (feat. Christine White, Ben Smith, Roger Sunstrom)
Jim Goodin @ Jim Goodin Bandcamp
Paul Hertz & Benjamin Smith (mix Steve Layton)
Kawol Samarkand (remastered by Steve Layton)
Chris Vaisvil @ www.chrisvaisvil.com
Shane Cadman & Kavin Allenson (mix Steve Layton)
Bruce Hamilton @ brucehamilton.info
Shane W. Cadman @ illustriousmusic.com
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.
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See you next time…