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New Voices and Buzzing Bees on this weekend's ImprovFriday Event, Marvelous!

Well it was a marvelous creative muse happening this weekend at ImprovFriday, where every weekend is a marvelous creative muse actually and it keeps getting better and better as we go as a community. I’ve been a member there now for the last year and few months and every weekend is just a treat. This weekend we were pleased to 2 new folks join with us and participate in the ImprovFriday thread event, Jude Cowan and T.H. aka Terry Horn. Welcome folks!

Few projects of note that have been produced by the ImprovFriday community in recent weeks are the first ever ImprovFriday Film Festival which was a huge success. Check out the video works from this event at theImprovFriday Film Festival I. With the horrific events that occurred in Japan ImprovFriday hosted a weekend long benefit event encouraging support of the relief work being done by the Red Cross. An online album to ongoing encourage support of the Red Cross effort for the Japanese people was released on BandCamp, For Japan.

I want to mention that ImprovFriday Radio podcast host Paul Muller has published a new episode review new work by several of the ImprovFriday family. Check it out on Podomatic.com at ImprovFriday Radio.

Buds by Jim Goodin

Buds by Jim Goodin

Colour by Jim Goodin

Colour by Jim Goodin

The following is our track list of the weekend from the ImprovFriday front page, additionally I’ve posted a few review notes by ImprovFriday member artist Chris Vaisvil. Thanks Chris for giving us some of your thoughts.

Jude Cowan  – 1st time participant
post-tsunami mix – Very interesting composition and view point. Welcome!!

T H – 1st time participant
04222011 – Very interesting combination of textures – modernist metallic tones against what could be a double bass or cello pizzicato. Welcome!

Bruce Hamilton
herk

Jim Goodin, Paul Muller
Jim’s 23d

Paul Muller
Prayer for Rosemarie

Shane W. Cadman
Piece042211

Jeff Fairbanks/Bruce Hamilton
gffgtp

Abysmal - Safe Package by J.C. Combs

Abysmal - Safe Package by J.C. Combs

J.C. Combs
IF422

Peter Thörn
Half a Story

Jeff Fairbanks
gf – beautiful insanity!

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
objects/piezo #1

Kavin Allenson
4X11 – Very much enjoyed – I am honored you thought I was an inspiration!

laizzez fair

Norbert Oldani
The Dada Strain – Excellent setting for a dramatically read poem!

Sweetland

Jeff Duke and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
twothirteen– Sounds like music one would find on Titan! I like the way complimented each other.

twothirtyeight

ImprovFriday

ImprovFriday

Kenneth Palmer
Layed Back

Isn’t That Spatial

Steve Moshier
Pyramids of Güímar

Veil of Orpheus

Veil of Orpheus

Steve Moyes
Ēostre 1

Ēostre 2

Ēostre 3

Jim Goodin
And though I Walk (peace for Mary)

In the Meadow (Part I)

In the Meadow (Part II)

Benjamin Smith 
Ben.improv.Apr.18.2011.a

Ben.improv.Apr.18.2011

Ben.improv.Apr.19.2011

Ben.improv.Apr.20.2011

Chris Vaisvil
Lost Realm of Gondolin

Broken Wings (absynth 5)

Broken Wings in Glass (Kontakt 4)

Groove 4 Shabat by Chris Vaisvil

Groove 4 Shabat by Chris Vaisvil

18 edo improvisation

17 edo improv

After Creation

Steve Layton
Inside the Prism – Nice mix of sci-fi ambience and crunchy crackly sounds!

Swim in it (feat. Peter Thörn, Steve Layton, Jeff Duke, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Benjamin Smith, Norbert Oldani)

The Rain(feat. Jude Cowan, Benjamin Smith, Chris Vaisvil, Bruce Hamilton, Jim Goodin)

Resurrection(feat. Paul Muller, Roger Sundström, Chris Vaisvil)

Ode to a Haggis (feat. Kavin Allenson, Roger Sundström x 2, Norbert Oldani, Jeff Fairbanks)

Fiddle, Zither, Piano(feat. Jim Goodin x 2, Steve Moyes x 3, Shane Cadman, Benjamin Smith)

Psychoholic (feat. Terry Horn, Roger Sundström, Steve Moshier x 2, Kavin Allenson)

Out the Door, off to discover America by Jim Goodin

(My Son) Out the Door, off to discover America by Jim Goodin

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Easter Strum

Easter Journey

Easter Tone

Yellow

Sub Easter

(E)aster Guitar

Crane Song (feat. Jude Cowan, Benjamin Smith, J.C. Combs, Steve Moyes) – very suspenseful and dark. Nice work!

Bumblebees Spring Flight (feat. Chris Vaisvil, J.C. Combs, Jim Goodin)

Peace out…

Jim

Jim Goodin - Whats New at ImprovFriday - http://soundingsfromsoundin.wordpress.com

Jim Goodin - Whats New at ImprovFriday - http://soundingsfromsoundin.wordpress.com

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Thread the Needle Twice – ImprovFriday on your Dial

In this week’s WhatsNewAtImProvFriday I’m combining reviews from the ImprovFriday event threads of October 7 – 9 and October 14 – 16. If you just happened on to this blog and wondering what is ‘ImprovFriday‘(?) Well it’s an online community of musicians dedicated to creating thought provoking creative experimental music that largely falls in to the New Music genre. Each Thursday afternoon about 4pm PST through Saturday evening at 10pm PST, ImprovFriday hosts an open call forum event thread where musicians who have joined the collective which by the way is free, are invited to create and post for all to hear piece(s) of musical composition under the Creative Commons agreement to exist public to the world on it’s on or to be mashed or remixed by participants into other musical forms.

Santa Cruz Pier by Jim Goodin

Santa Cruz Pier by Jim Goodin

My name is Jim Goodin and I produce the WhatsNewAtImProvFriday blog which each publishing includes short review commentaries by Paul Muller and myself of work produced in recent threads. In addition this blog also functions to share visual imagery and thoughts/writings/news by member artists of ImprovFriday.

I was recently traveling to northern California for the Y2KX International Live Looping Festival held in Santa Cruz and wanted to share some about that in this week’s post as it involved in addition to myself, ImprovFriday member artists’ Jeff Duke and Gaetano Fontanazza who also attended and performed at the festival now in it’s 10th year.

The Y2KX International Live Looping Festival’s focus is on music created and performed by artists who use looping technology in a live performance. This concept involves through either or both hardware or software the manipulation of music or sound in a layering or recording then played back while the musician adds new elements to it. Y2KX as it’s known in short, was held October 13 – 18 and was founded/curated by Rick Walker. The festival was absolutely amazing and it was so good to have some focused time there this year, to perform with my duo Chinapainting and hangout, reconnect with fellow artists from around the Globe. Over the 6 days there were 70 looping artists from 17 countries represented by the event. Like ImprovFriday, Y2KX is made up of many member artists from the Loopers-Delight online community. I’m including several pictures from the fest in this post.

Chinapainting live at the Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival by George Wilshire

Chinapainting live at the Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival by George Wilshire

In addition to the performances at the 6 day event there several creators of technical products used in the making of live looping based music. Matthias Grob, one of the major pioneers of the ‘live looping’ movement and creator of Echoplex DP, was on hand at the festival along with Robert Amstadt of Looperlative and creator of the stereo looper, LP1 and Jeff Larson creator of the software looper Mobius, an 8-track software looper program given freely to the world. In the photo at right Bob and Matthias along with a casual gathering discuss Bob’s new prototype looper the LP2.

Matthias Grob (left) and Robert Amstadt (right) talk with Loopers about Bob's new LP2 looper.

Matthias Grob (left) and Robert Amstadt (right) talk with Loopers about Bob's new LP2 looper.

A wonderful sidebar about Y2KX and the three of us from ImprovFriday who were there is that it was our first time to meet in person. Jeff, Gaetano and I have known each other electronically and have actually created music together in the virtual performance projects Digitsignal and UsIt which are made possible by the Internet software NinJam allowing musical collaboration live in real time from multiple computer connections. It was a real honor to finally get to meet Jeff and Gaetano and go full circle from electronic to in person. My Chinapainting duo with guitarist/analog cassette tape looper Daryl Shawn began the same way in late 2006, a chance email led to our meeting and we worked together via NinJam over 3,000 miles before meeting in person 8 months later, when our duo did it’s first tour of the northeast.

ImprovFriday 2

ImprovFriday 2

In ImprovFriday news I want to announce the long awaited ImprovFriday 2 CD from the Amaranth label which grew out of the ongoing weekly ImprovFriday event threads is officially out. The 13 work ImprovFriday 2 includes an international roster of Steve Moyes (UK), Roger “Erocnet” Sundström (SW), Jeff Duke (US), Benjamin Smith (US), Paul H. Muller (US), Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead (US) and Johnny & Faith (US), Paul Hertz (US), Jim Goodin (US), Steve Layton (US), Lee Noyes (NZ), Jérôme Poirier (FR), Adam Kondor (HU) and Richard Lainhart (US). For a limited time the CD is available as a free download at http://amaranthsound.bandcamp.com/album/improvfriday-vol-2.

Also from ImprovFriday participating artist Jérôme Poirier, a recently launched net label he is piloting dubbed Three Legs Duck with a new release, Col[_;,;]lages. The 17 track work composed of ‘mash-ups‘ Jérôme created during 2010 from fragments and sections of works from ImprovFriday artists’ Kavin Allenson (US), Joseph Benzola (US), Canary Burton (US), Shane W. Cadman (US), J.C. Combs (US), Jeff Duke (US), Jeff Fairbanks (US), Gaetano “Pseudo” Fontanazza (IT), Jim Goodin (US), Bruce Hamilton (US), Paul Hertz (US), Greg Hooper (US), Tom Izzo (US), Johnny & Faith (US), Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (FI), Ádám Kondor (HU), Steve Layton (US), Jane Martin (US), Andrew McCance (UK), Steve Moshier (US), Steve Moyes (UK), Paul H. Muller (US), Lee Noyes (NZ), Norbert Oldani (US), Kenneth Palmer (US), David Perreko (CYI), Jérôme Poirier (FR), Dave Seidel (US), Benjamin Smith (US), Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (SW), Peter Thörn (SW), David Toub (US), Chris Vaisvil (US) and Glenn Weyant (US).

Col[_;,;]lages

Collages

And now commentary about some of excellent musical work created on two recent ImprovFriday threads. The following are only portions from these two weekend events and are not meant to be excluded out from the rest. Paul and I have been juggling a lot in various projects and have not been able to get around to commenting on all participating works however little by little we are gaining steam. Hyperlinks to the actual audio files are provided so you can go and check out the work. I do want to add a special thanks to Paul for juggling the bulk of the reviews published this time. With my schedule of late I was only able to do a few reviews which I did on the plane going out to California.

 

Steve Layton
Love of Life – Featuring Vincent Poirier & Jérôme Poirier, Jeff Fairbanks, Paul Hertz, Benjamin Smith, Kavin Allenson, Steve Moyes, Shane Cadman and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Steve sneaks one in! A lot going on in this piece – Ben’s piano catches my ear – a sort of landmark in the swirl of sound at 4:00 and 5:45. Kavin’s guitar riffs at 7:10 soar nicely over the chaos and take us out… – Paul.

UsIt Live at Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival by Jim Goodin

UsIt Live at Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival by Jim Goodin

Chris Vaisvll
Apple Stand Jam – Sounds like Saturday morning farmer’s market and acoustic fingersytle ambiance as a guitar but on the psaltry (plucked, I think it’s typically bowed so this is nice in this guitar like feel Chris). The psaltry starts as more background but evolves to more ivolved presence without seemingly varying the mix, quite nice. – Jim. The psaltry and some shopping. Lovely sounds come out of Chris’ home-made psaltry – a bit like Jim’s Oud and a bit like a guitar. Very domestic and friendly sounds from the apple stand mix nicely with the distant-sounding notes. The purring cat makes a great ending. – Paul.

Steve Moyes
Firm But Fair – Regal tones boom out – a sort of big-budget movie spectacular sound track from the future. The low booming adds to the imperial feel of this. The chanting at 3:00 reminds one of Tibet. Strong cresendo at 5:00 very powerful. Nice fade-away at the finish. – Paul.

Jérôme Poirier
_-_ – Featuring Bruce Hamilton, Benjamin Smith, Norbert Oldani, Peter Thorn & Jérôme Poirier (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Short piano notes, clipped vocalise all artfully arranged. A well-crafted example of musique concrete. Great title! – Jim.

Vincent Poirier & Jérôme Poirier
Ogress’ Thoughts – Some good, clean guitar licks at the start. Vocals added – all in an intriguing rhythm. Good ensemble here in what must be a difficult piece to perform. The female voice is lovely – not an ogress at all. A great improv. – Paul.

Peter Thörn
Peter’s Bleep Hertz – Excellent kit drumming Peter. You continue to be full of surprising directions. Good constant cymbal wash throughout and nice variety of ‘beats’ in this one. Jim. Great drumming here – maybe just a bit like Elvin Jones. A fine realization of Jukka’s graphical score. – Paul.

Jeff Duke performing at Y2KX by Jim Goodin

Jeff Duke performing at Y2KX by Jim Goodin

Glenn Weyant
TELL BRUNHILDE ENRICO SAYS HELLO – Opera on IF! Caruso lives… Would love to hear Brunhilde’s answer. – Paul.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece100810 – Control of dynamics don’t seem to lend themselves to nuance, but this is a landmark piece IMO. Demonstration of the ability to produce art on a consumer device. Just might put music back in the hands of the people and out of the control of the experts. Nicely done. – Paul.

Paul Hertz
Hertz Bleep / Bleep Hertz – The culmination of Jukka’s graphical scores. Well done! – Paul.

Graphical Score Created by Jukka Pedkka Kerviven

Graphical Score Created by Jukka Pedkka Kerviven

Jeff Fairbanks
Melange8 – Full sound, strong guitar and rhythm. Nice counterpoint. Could have gone along for much longer after the abrupt stop. – Paul.

Michael Mjollnir
Quagmire – A bit of the same texture as Jeff’s ‘melange8’ but more aggressive in the bass. A sense of being under attack. Relentless. – Paul.

Johnny & Faith
You’re The Lump In My Stew – Some beautiful soprano singing – now some electronica, now some cows. Very charming – I’d love to have dinner at Johnny & Faith’s house… – Paul.

Kenneth Palmer
Shades Of Messaien – Quiet, thoughtful, mysterious. Music that tiptoes into your ears. The texture is perfect. – Paul.

Jim Goodin performing at Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival by Carl Weingarten

Jim Goodin performing at Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival by Carl Weingarten

J.C. Combs
The Drone in My Life – Gradually growing tubular like synth waves in moderate rise/falls encircle contrasting piano breaks. Grows to more sweeping waves settling to an ending silence and natural white of the VirginAmerica plane I’m on while listening to the thread. – Jim. Mysterious booming underneath the soft piano solo. Tension builds from the dark horn tones and knocking. All the various sound sources compliment each other very well in this piece. Slow fade out is perfect. Very well done! – Paul.

Adam Kondor
Out Of Town – A fully-scored orchestra and piano concerto! But now some electronic sounds… Now some quiet organ playing… Now a chorus… At times it reminds me of ‘Close Encounters of a Third Kind’. A wonderful mix. Nobody knows how to mash an orchestra like Adam. – Paul.

Abused – Featuring Vincent Poirier & Jérôme Poirier-2x, Peter Thörn, Kavin Allenson, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, others and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Frenetic with a feeling of alt-jazz foundation and cool noisefloor. Crash cymbals are nice teather in this mash and growing edgy guitar as well. – Jim

Bruce Hamilton
Clear It – Very cool noise piece with good percussion in the mix. Tonality in a sweeping spacial melody emerges @1:30 and carries through. – Jim. A robust drone and some percussion underneath. Builds in level and pitch density. A sense of expectation from this… Cool ending. – Paul.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Page Three – More diverse electronica but here with a sustained undertone that induces a feeling of foreboding. A sort of reassuring repeating rhythm is detectable in a melody that floats unknowingly above. Well done. – Paul.

Street Musician, Park Slope, Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

Street Musician, Park Slope, Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

Blank Epilog – A return to some of the earlier energy you first brought to IF Jukka. Arcade in foundation with neat ‘noise’ added in. – Jim.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.Improv.Oct.4.2010 – Tight piano clusters and melodic precision as this piece grows Ben. Feels romanticesque period in influence then moves to modern. Lower bass section neat in the latter moments. – Jim.

Ben.improv.Oct.6.2010 – A lovely starting melody of single notes, then counterpoint. Full use of the keyboard and some dramatic dynamics. A definite ‘autumn’ feel to this… – Paul.

Norbert Oldani
Piano Improvisation on an Augmented Major Triad – Deep tones and the augmented triad provide a definite feeling of impending menace. – Paul.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Mahalo Drone – A beautiful drone – I tried to use it in a mash but nothing seemed to match up to it well. Maybe next week… Your drone last week was good also – you have an ear for it! – Paul.

Gaetano Fontanazza live at Y2K8 Int'l Live Looping Festival by Jim Goodin

Gaetano Fontanazza live at Y2K8 Int'l Live Looping Festival by Jim Goodin

Kavin Allenson
Brokedown Dub – E percussion and beats from Kavin’s in the between the strings world. Nice sweeps in the sounds that bring to mind the futuristic robots in the Star Wars bar scenes. – Jim.

Stacks – Lush, ringing guitar sounds and a light upper melody give a feeling of flying. Just getting up to speed when it ends! – Paul.

Lee Noyes
Taken to the White Bridge – Quiet beginning followed by some hair-raising metallic sounds. Very good quality in the high frequencies. Now the gong – sounds a bit like when you rub your finger on the top of a wet wine glass only deeper and richer in tones. – Paul.

Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead & Chris Becker
Sing Song Story Music Box Lullaby – Alexandra’s lovely voice comes through the processing and provides the focal point for listening. The external sounds are just like everyday distractions – when I heard the meow I went to the door and let our cat in. A sort of ‘Porgy & Bess’ feel at about 5:00… A beautiful piece. – Paul.

Santa Cruz Light by Jim Goodin

Santa Cruz Light by Jim Goodin

Peter Thörn
Stickschop – A brilliant adaption of the sound of chopping wood. It is as if we are 1 inch tall and are being buried in a flood of match sticks. The clacking of the woody pieces was wonderful in its randomness. Interestingly, when I mashed this with a drone the perception is suggested that there is an actual repeating rhythm. – Paul.

Johnny & Faith
Spamborilly & Roses – Nice big sound from J&F… Maybe just a bit like Alexandra & Chris’ piece at 1:30. Love the syncopated chimes and warm tones at the finish. – Paul.

Paul Hertz
Double Seam – Sweet sounding organ melody – perfectly suited to the cooler October weather. – Paul.

Steve Moyes
Brighter – Xaphoon rules! Nice interplay between the droning pitches – gives it a sort of three-dimensional effect. The tone entering at 2:20 adds a bit of tension. The overtones really began to dance for me at around 5:00. Nice fadeout at the finish. A well-concieved and executed piece. – Paul.

Kenneth Palmer
Richochet/Piano & Percussion – Some good piano playing with dramatic percussion – the overall effect is like stormy weather. – Paul.

Jeff Fairbanks
Ob= – Good beat, catchy tune. A bit of Jukka’s influence, perhaps? The shrill woodwinds add tension. – Paul.

Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival Friday Lineup by Jim Goodin

Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival Friday Lineup by Jim Goodin

Shane W. Cadman
Piece101510 – A beautiful piano solo – just right for the autumn. The raking of leaves adds atmosphere. – Paul.

Paul Hertz & Benjamin Smith
Duet – Featuring Paul Hertz, Benjamin Smith and Steve Layton (mixer) – Interesting mix of Ben’s gentle angst combined with Paul’s reassuring melody. Some striking combinations of notes as well. – Paul.

Jérôme Poirier
[._,,] – Featuring Bruce Hamilton, David Toub, Dave Seidel, Steve Moyes, Lee Noyes, Canary Burton, Jane Martin, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Jérôme Poirier(contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Another great title – someday Jerome will have to give us the code… The segments seem to be staged – so that each becomes a little surprise. Jerome creates each beat of the piece separately rather than just process or mix continuous streams together – very elegant technique and a valuable contribution to IF. – Paul.

Andrew McCancee
IF – Wood Chopper Winter – Featuring Peter Thörn and Andrew McCance (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Chilly mix of a weather forecast and Peter’s sticks. Reminds me a bit of the descent into Nibelheim in ‘Das Rheingold’. Very atmospheric. – Paul.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Oct.14.2010 – Something new from Ben in the way of processing and bending of pitches. Steady, deliberate and strong. Interesting evolution of the rhythm – becomes almost percussive by 5:00. At 6:30 it begins to resemble one of Jukka’s pieces. – Paul.

Bruce Hamilton
Fif – Wonderfully phased keyboard licks that slowly bend in pitch. Another interesting concept well-executed. – Paul.

Chris Vaisvil
Just a Bass – The king of distortion is in the house! Strong and fierce – like a dragon coming out of its lair. – Paul.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Tab Blank – Electronica but with processing that seems to add a certain depth to it. Three dimensional and very effective. – Paul.

Adam Kondor
2×5 – Featuring Paul Muller, Benjamin Smith and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Quite a contrast here between ben’s percussive keyboard underneath the dreamy drone. Keeping the dynamics down on the keyboard is just right – it churns just underneath the surface. The ending is perfect. – Paul.

Kavin Allenson
Time Trick – The sounds really pop out of the silences – clear and clean. Interesting mix. Listening to Jerome? Similar construction, I think… – Paul.

Norbert Oldani
Piano Improv of a Japanese Mode – Like music for a puppet play – very evocative. Develops nicely and is well-played. – Paul.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Droonimizimoo – Another fine drone from Roger – who is on a roll. Have enjoyed these for three weeks running. Good use of dynamics in this one. The lower pitches evolve into a wonderful cutting and buzzing sound. – Paul.

Chinapainting Live at Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival by George Wiltshire

Chinapainting Live at Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival by George Wiltshire

J.C. Combs
Wherever Your Imagination Takes You – Soothing electronic humming sounds contrast with an occasional high-pitched melody. Flows along like a shimmering metallic river – steady yet ever-changing. A leisurely cruise but never dull. – Paul.

Steve Layton
Washed – Crackling, whirring and sundry sounds as if we are inside a small machine. Static with a sense of motion, but not of movement. – Paul.

As Paul and I actively participate in each weekend’s thread with our own work, here are the pieces we did for each of the events. We don’t as a rule publicly review each others work in fairness to the ImprovFriday community but we welcome your comments along with any other comments you care to express about WhatsNewAtImProvFriday. You may do so by replying to this edition at the comment link below. We appreciate your thoughts.

Jeff Duke Jim Goodin meetup, Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival

Jeff Duke Jim Goodin meetup, Y2KX Int'l Live Looping Festival

Paul Muller
Fall Weather
Elevator 3 – Featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, J.C. Combs and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher)
Drone Study #9
Shane’s Drone – Featuring Shane W. Cadman and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher)
Mahalo Sticks – Featuring Peter Thörn, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher)

Jim Goodin
Window
Score

That’s it for this edition of WhatsNewAtImProvFriday. We at ImprovFriday greatly appreciate your interest in our community and the world of New Music. Please visit the ImprovFriday website at ImprovFriday.ning.com. You are welcome to create a free profile and tell us a bit about yourself and particularly if you are a musician working in experimental music we encourage you to come participate in our weekend event thread.

ImprovFriday has a monthly podcast series produced by Paul and myself. It’s available for download and subscription at Improvfridayradio.Podomatic.com or via iTunes, search ImprovFriday radio. The current episode features mixes and mashes created by ImprovFriday artists, J.C. Combs, Adam Kondor and Bruce Hamilton. A new episode featuring an in-depth interview with composer/guitarist/cellist/looper Steve Moyes of ImprovFriday will be posted soon.

Thanks again for joining us and we’ll see you on the next WhatsNewAtImProvFriday.

Jim & Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

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Bleep Hertz, Pictures and Alcohol Outlaws mix a Global Village this week on ImprovFriday

And here we go with another Whats New at ImprovFriday for a look back at the music, images and thoughts (wha…) produced during and around the ImprovFriday thread event, September 30 to October 2.

This blog serves as information and artist feedback about the experimental music community on the Ning network known as ImprovFriday [henceforth IF]. WhatsNewAtImProvFriday is produced by Paul Muller and myself [ Jim Goodin] both members of IF.

This is rather a sparse version of WhatsNewAtImProvFriday and is me solo this time (Paul was understandably overextended and will return) but is a unique document in unto itself as I am continuing to experiment with the format as I began doing last post. In the big ‘picture’, as often said, it’s all good. In a sense the purpose of this blog is becoming more to exhibit the creativity and spirit of IF in a range of content from our initial stage of spontaneous reviews and commentary to something more. So please go with me as I’m not sure what that is right now as I ‘improvise’ on the subject of ImprovFriday.

So with this edition of WhatsNewAtImProvFriday we’ll have a few reviews that I put together this time, images of the work of IF contributing photographers as noted in the captions and some lose thoughts inspired by email exchanges I had the last few days with fellow IFer’s.

Along the Way by Michael Mjollnir

Along the Way by Michael Mjollnir

“Something about that scene called to me. To me I see a scar on the landscape, which is sad, nature reaching back over the artificial bounds imposed by man and making that scar more attractive, and romance of the rails. It makes me want to ramble for a while :). I feel that call of the road like I feel when I’m riding my motorcycle… I think it is the simplicity which lasts those emotions come through.”Michael Mjollnir.

Thoughts on To Compose, Composer, Composed…?

A dialog came in a discussion generated by me with lot’s of good response by Bruce Hamilton, J.C. Combs, Steve Layton and Paul, about how ‘we’ the member musicians of IF or really it was more in general such as how do you as an artist view yourself, are you a composer or improvisor or the canvas or is there no difference, no reason for boundaries either way?

For me with a history in different ways of working musically I’ve felt that in the traditional sense early on I was a composer of music that was indeed noted out, written down and thought out. In recent years I’ve felt what I personally do has been more spontaneous, impulsive, emotive and to me, unclear whether that qualifies as ‘composition’. Ideas generated from the email thread were, does the process qualify whether you are a composer or not, as all musicians create/make-up connected sounds, pitches, notes what we would call melody or song but yet they may not be able to ‘write it down’ or read back what was written down for them. As a neighbor once called himself, a ‘hummer’ which I’ve also heard that said of Randy Newman. So in a sense I’m either a simpleton or answering my own question (grins), perhaps both. And as I think about this it can be taken another step to another time where musicians didn’t have the possibility to electronically capture their work, at those times as history reveals musical form was expressed in notation, tablature or even as simple as a number system akin to what some musicians in Nashville in modern times have used, the ‘Nashville number system‘.

Devils advocate to myself, goes to looking at my thoughts about improvisation and is that composition and yet when one looks back at a recording of Charlie Parker improvisation as was pointed out to me in the email exchange, or even an Appalachian fiddle tune, was it not composed even though it was an emotional response. With the secondary that’s a whole another thing with work that is passed down through generations by the older fellows playing the tunes that their fathers and grandfathers played for them and in turn they are doing for the next generation. Yes challenging my question, all this a paradox and the casual observer would say, er go all forms of music ‘composed’. Ah drivel and poppy dash….

Two Tone by Jim Goodin

Two Tone by Jim Goodin

Lee Noyes

JPK’s ‘Bleep Hertz’ Rendered for Percussion – Space and sparse organic emotives, drumbeats, enviorn beats from the continued exploring muse from Lee. Neat panning in the final percussive sounds. The Bleep Hertz series introduced a thread back by Lee and Jukka, is a sound/musical/tonal response by each artist from graphical scores.

Michael Mjollnir

Traffic Ahead – Waiting, tension, suburban flight, escape, driving out, thank goodness it’s not August. Our culture drawn from our rural world to the city to make the daily bread. Heading home at last. Nice ‘free’ guitar brings it all together near close.

Michael Peters

http://www.veloopity.de/michaelpeters/misc/20101002MeersburgXFadeMi… – Excellent orchestration Michael and glad you are contributing to the community for your second piece. Like the tightness of the horns. Is this all midi (guitar) by chance?

Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

Shane W. Cadman

Piece100110 – Great tones really feeling the hammered dulcimer like sound shifting back/forth with the acoustic piano. Such a pretty spacious conversation.

Chris Vaisvil

Psaltry 001 – Lovely Chris and reminds me of a guitar piece of Micheal Hedges from Oracle CD, a bit of the Second Law.

Jérôme Poirier

Bleep Hertz – Featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Jérôme Poirier (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Great rhythmic spontenanity in the voices Jérôme in your Jon Hendricks evolving vocal style improvising on graphical scores by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen.

One Year by Richard Lainhart

One Year by Richard Lainhart

Johnny & Faith

Welcome Home – Wow Johnny and Faith you guys are really in Johnny and Faith land population two, one but thank god for that. You bring a sense of never knowing what to expect as well as fun as well as not taking yourselves(?) too seriously or perhaps you do, thankfully. Like the narrative throughout this one.

J.C. Combs

Damn You – Warhol Meets Campbells Soup – Worth the price of admission this week J.C.! This one really excellent and almost the wonderful equivalent to ‘Joe You want Chocolate’. Love the whole dialog with the vendor(?).

Tom Izzo

Night Music – Radioactive. Neat sounds of an electronic journey kind of like in a swamp of electronics and yet highly organic. I sense the sounds and sights in the trees. Cool scape Tom.

Paul Muller

Braxton Dronkester – Featuring Roger Sundstrom, Adam Kondor X3 and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Pensive and focused. Strings dancing like an artful dodger painting pointilistically in a Jackson Pollock kind of scene. Nice blend Paul between the ambiance and the orchestral contrast. Keep mashing sir.

Nicholas Brittain and Daughter

Nicholas Brittain and Daughter

Nicholas Brittain – 1st time participant

Drum Circle at the Red Lodge – Featuring Kavin Allenson and Nicholas Brittain (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Ah, Kavin brings recruits, excellent and welcome Nicholas. Very tribal erriy vibe here, like it! Has a real ‘we’ve landed’ feel. 

Bruce Hamilton

Kal (floor space) – Love this Bruce, the stellar strings and slight tonal mod going on I think. It does indeed feel like a noise floor or floor space or something floating from room to room.

Norbert Oldani

Piano Improvisation 9/28/2010 – Somewhere between George Winston in December and Bill Evans at Town Hall we’re getting to experience some really nice tones from Professor Oldani. Dig It Norbert, keep sharing this part of you.

Kavin Allenson

Alcohol Outlaws – What can I say, really takes me back to rural Arkansas on a Friday night here. Stock cars and lot’s of piss and vinegar going on. Excellent document Kavin over contrasting beats.

The Machine by Michael Mjollnir

The Machine by Michael Mjollnir

On stage: Kavin Allenson

On stage: Kavin Allenson

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström

Bleep Hertz – Featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Hovering oscillations and sense of a vault, dryness in the air, nice subtleness into nothing on the end.

Steve Layton

Riverboat – On some level I was looking for the soul of Johnny Hartford in this piece and in a strange way I think I found him but in a much more modern sense. Steve gives us a very soulful flowing vibe down the Mississippi on a cool summer evening as the mist is rising and the June bugs are popping. I can’t think of a riverboat and the deep south I grew up in without thinking of Hartford who was such a musician immersed in times gone by.

Traffic Series by Jim Goodin
Traffic Series by Jim Goodin

Adam Kondor

Adam did a pile of work this week as he does every week, a very prolific guy amongst us at IF but in a sense tipping the hat to us all, we all are if I may be so bold and probably a bit self-righteous. In his volume were 7 pieces inspired by Anthony Braxton. One of them, F (from 7 Statements to Anthony Braxton) – Pensive, rhythmic, pulsing strings. This whole series a pulsing homage to Anthony. Good work Adam.

Arcus Temporum – Featuring Richard Lainhart, Paul Hertz, Steve Layton, Jérôme Poirier and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Lots of Stellarness and Lee Noyes influences going on here. Real patience and beauty in your mashes this week Adam. This patience factor in composition I notice in several here and myself can learn by that. Perhaps an article coming on that… Like Jerome’s rising ‘voice’ in this near end.

Descending – Featuring Bruce Hamilton and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Absolutely beautiful! Barber and visions of ‘Adagio for Strings’ all over. Wonderful feeling and blend Adam.

Face in the Stone by Jim Goodin

Face in the Stone by Jim Goodin

Okay that’s a quick one this week for WhatsNewAtImProvFriday with a lot of different directions/thoughts. There was so much wonderful work produced by all the tremendously loyal artists who show up each weekend to bear their hearts and souls on the the virtual ground of IF. I in no way did justice this week nor intended to single out but I scatter shot grabbed what I could and spruced in a range of ideas this time. That all said please check out the complete archive of all work produced during the September 30 to October 2 IF thread.

ImprovFriday Radio Podcast

Well our podcast series which is just a wonderful 30-45ish minutes of thought-provoking and New Musically entertaining work is alive and well on Podomatic.com at ImprovFridayRadio.podomatic.com but we/I are behind in production with a new episode which when it arrives will be a wonderful interview with IF member artist Steve Moyes, I promise. In the meantime please check out Paul’s fine episode featuring the mix/mash work of IF member artists, Adam Kondor, Bruce Hamilton and J.C. Combs. You may also search out the ImprovFriday Radio podcast series in iTunes by searching, ‘ImprovFriday Radio’.

So I am off to California in a few days if the rains and what other things global warming may bring upon Brooklyn as I try to fly west on Friday for a real treat, the Y2KX International Live Looping Festival, held where all things ‘loop’ in Santa Cruz, CA (surrounding festival shows also in San Jose and San Francisco). This wonderful event culminating over the week/weekend of October 13 – 18 is the loveingly produced work of major live looping innovator, Rick Walker. In addition to enjoying 3 days of the festival this weekend, I’ll be appearing in performance Sunday, October 17th, at 5pm, with the World experimental acoustic guitar/cassette tape looping duo Chinapainting featuring Daryl Shawn and myself. Should you be in the northern California vacinity please check out the Y2KX International Live Looping Festival in performances October 13 – 18, in Santa Cruz, San Jose and San Francisco, CA. Have a great week and Paul and I will see you next time for another WhatsNewAtImProvFriday blog!

Best

Jim & in spirit, Mr Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

A Single Chord, a Bringer of Light, Omen and Der Leiermann (psst… It's ImprovFriday).

Well I know September 16 seems like a long time ago now but it’s been a long week plus, however neither long hours or other distractions will deter the publishing of WhatsNewAtImProvFriday!

So here we are Paul Muller and myself (Jim Goodin), back with a review of the fabulous mind bending experimental New Music musical tones and environmental soundscapes created by the ImprovFriday member artists the weekend of September 16 – 18. Lots of good stuff so without further rambling, roll the film as they say… well one more thing this week I’m adding several images created by Kavin Allenson, James Ross, David John Baer McNicholas, Michael Mjollnir, Adam Kondor, Paul and myself. Now on with WhatsNew.

Journey by Michael Mjollnir

Journey by Michael Mjollnir

Michael Mjollnir

Lightbringer – Featuring Paul Muller, Shane Cadman, and Roger “Erocnet” Sundstrom and Michael Mjollnir (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Cool growing vibe in this mash that reminds me of early U2 of all things at times. The organ patch weaves strongly throughout. Glad you are getting quite at ‘home’ here Michael. – Jim. Strong, steady opening beat – good colors layered above the rhythmic foundation. The pipe organ sneaks up into the texture and makes a nice counterpoint to the bass. At 3:00 we get a lightening of the upper layers. Well crafted. – Paul.

Bore #4 – Featuring Jim Goodin, Roger Sundstrom, Steve Moyes and Michael Mjollnir (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – As Michael was kind enough to work me into the center of this piece I shouldn’t comment too much other than to say there’s some really cool sounds circling around from Roger and Steve and Michael. Has a great urban sense to me and a feeling many cultures in kind of a LA scene (whatttt!… well lots of color here for sure). – Jim.

Tom Izzo
Amber In Red – Really pretty Tom and I think I should say welcome, you are new no? Or perhaps returning to IF. Regardless this reminds me of a feeling of Tim Story’s wonderful early pieces on Windham Hill that were ‘Windham Hill’ but filled with mystery. Really lovely colors, ambers, reds…. – Jim. Solitary piano notes against a beautiful ambient background. Quiet reflective mood, almost somber. Good balance between the parts – nice mixing! Good to have Tom back with us. – Paul.

Jeff Duke
Wind – Very much like some wind chimes I fall in love with at a pottery store in ‘downeast’ Maine. Lovely ‘un-guitar’ Jeff. – Jim. Lovely guitar playing against a lush, warm background. Jeff has been listening to James Ross! Phasing effect at 3:00 is very effective. This one is working in all registers – a really beautiful piece. – Paul.

Water – I think the most amazing thing about Jeff’s music and this piece speaks of it is that though it sounds synthetic it’s all guitar driven and to my knowledge it’s pedals, loops and not a ‘synth on it’ meaning all organic. This piece as said no less. As the title suggests, ‘Water’. Like a pool where drops have fallen and are dispersing out in circular ripples to the shore. – Jim.

Kenneth Palmer
Stuck In A Box – Kenneth on the contrary you have gotten ‘out’ of the box in this piece. Very different vibe and textures which is not to min the lovely piano/orchestration pieces you’ve been crafting at IF but this is a nice departure. Neat mystery in this piece. Keep exploring it. – Jim. Interesting orchestration – a sort of Jukka-Pekka meets Adam. Beautiful low clarinet throughout. A series of fast electronic sounds play against the quiet, restful background – nice contrast in textures there. Ken is absorbing some of the IF styles! – Paul.

James Ross - Live at Goodbye Blue Monday by Jim Goodin

James Ross - Live at Goodbye Blue Monday by Jim Goodin

James Ross
Flock – Birds flying south and angels welcoming. We could be a floating bottle with a note about all the things my father once said he wanted to tell me one day and never did. This one really hangs. Visions of Jeff Duke in this one but as I get to know your music and sense of sound more James clearly you. – Jim. Another beautiful effort by James. The wavy texture suits the title well. Has a sort of felling of regret to it – like the slipping away of summer. – Paul.

Kopi by James Ross

Farewell Old Friend - Kopi by James Ross

Jérôme Poirier
Eyebrows – Featuring Shane W. Cadman, Bruce Hamilton and Jérôme Poirier(contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Great combination of pieces – some good pitch bending here. A fine mix. – Paul.

Enthalpy of Sublimation – Featuring Kavin Allenson, Steve Layton and Jérôme Poirier(contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Interesting color and in dissonance in horn orchestration with electronica and percussive sounds scurrying about like bees. – Jim.

Paul Hertz
Surrounders – Deep bustling sounds with an interesting phasing effect. Builds a sense of expectation. The lower pedal tones produce a distinctive sounding chord. – Paul.

Surrounders (feat. Steve Layton, remix) – Acquires a stronger, more assertive feel via amplification. The lower tones are helpfully more audible. A dramatic feel at 2:30. An increase in intensity makes this the definitive version and very likable. – Paul.

Norbert Oldani
Workers Repairing a Driveway– Environmental capturing from the car port. Imagining something on the list to get done now for years and finally getting to bring in a crew. – Jim. The low humming is suggestive of heavy equipment – maybe a backhoe repairing a driveway? – Paul.

Lake Pleasant in the Adirondacks – Sound in nature, just about paradise on this one I suspect, feeling of the title, fall by the lake in the Northeastern mountain range. Wondering if we are in a boat or by the bank and suspect the latter as just heard a car pass by. Birds fly by, peaceful, serenity up there in them hills… – Jim.

Space Drone Mash 1 – Wide variety of textures here – a high-pitched buzzing combined with lower groaning sounds. Like the woods at night with hyperactive insects. – Paul. Bees… well gives that feeling, we’re at the center of the hive, where is the queen, where is the queen… – Jim.

Space Drone Mash 2 – Noise floor star date 2012, Captain’s log March 1st… ambiance of a pre-launch, days of NASA, days of the space race or are we in flight, are we in the galaxy of Alexis 42. Fluid and adrift. – Jim.

Peter Thörn
Early Morning – Solemn notes rise up in the early morning – very evocative. – Paul.

Bjuhrströms Obsession – Some neighborly Swedish being spoken – a musical language. Now the blower – don’t we all have neighbors like that! – Paul.

Omen – Stellar quiet and contemplative. Beautiful acoustic spacial tones echoing heart, echoing time, echoing Sweden… calling. – Jim.

Purple Clover Sun by David John Baer McNicholas

Purple Clover Sun by David John Baer McNicholas

David John Baer McNicholas
New Splice – Some frightening opening lyrics followed by some strong strumming. Very nice picking at 2:00. – Paul.

Dick Soakin – Love this and the opening establishing of the ‘tuning’. The sense of ‘tonality’ and ‘non-tonality’ and the percussive strumming bent and later the linear picking-strumming. Good energy throughout. – Jim.

Memory of a Love that Makes Me Jealous – Continued acoustic strumming somewhere between depth of John Fahey and David Baer land. – Jim.

CHOMSKIING REAGANOMIC MOGULS – Acoustic guitar linear picking while watching TV, C-Span perhaps, perhaps a speech, life and mixed media. – Jim.

Wild Florida Lizard by David John Baer McNicholas

Wild Florida Lizard by David John Baer McNicholas

Steve Moyes
Wooly Something – Featuring David Perreko and Steve Moyes (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A clatter of machinery sounds as if it is accompanied by percussion – very impressive combination. We must be in the Wool Museum. The clanging of the tank produces some cool overtones and echoes. Must be the watermill sounds at about 4:00 – very liquidy. – Paul. Much like a printing press then goes kind of Asian tonality and then well David followed by the rhythm of the industrial age and the whir of motors working. Can’t help think of influence from Roger here. – Jim.

Chris Vaisvil
Put the Pump In – Filler up! Ambiance of things here from gas station to machine room to backdrop to a store or casino. Many images… – Jim. The sounds of happy workers – steam cleaning? A problem with the pump? At the cash register… money changes hands. – Paul.

Three Pounds of Heart Attack – Sounds like red meat Chris and a visit to the butcher. All you can eat! – Jim.

PIN Pad – Wow I’ve been there so many times. Auto-checkout at Key Food! The rich part is this one seems to work, how lucky you are. – Jim.

HemiFamity27 Improvisation – more introspective piano much like drilling into the rock, seeing what’s behind the years of slate and hardened clay. Nice color in the linear lines and occasional chordal dissonance. – Jim.

The Public Humiliation of Bacon – Well… sounds like field recordings, still at the grocery or butcher and inspired Wagnerian synth sounds in the area. – Jim.

A Gun to My Balls – Well something is in pain here amongst the growing pulsing foundation, sounds like a big bear but human early on. Could be a chainsaw at work but I think it’s a bear perhaps from his winter nap. Okay I’m digressing. Floating through are growing electronica sounds, all quieting down to a subtle wash. – Jim.

My Crazy Aunt Sophie – Striking the balance between I gather the slightly clumsy spirit of years of social piano and brilliance reminding me of the French modernist composer often thought to be of modern serious crossing to ‘jazz’, escapes me but much spirit in this piece Chris. – Jim.

Desktop Energy Seed Lamp -  Alan Parekh

Desktop Energy Seed Lamp - Alan Parekh

J.C. Combs
Obsessed – Opening acoustic piano notes evolving to distortion series I absolutely love seeking to wind chimes and lovely ambient wash. – Jim. Beautiful echoes and overdriven piano. Simple melody, hidden in the distortion. A fine sense of tension at 1:45… – Paul.

Jeff Fairbanks
UO – Featuring Peter Thörn, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Lee Noyes and Jeff Fairbanks (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Lovely ambient background sounds underneath a strong accordion melody. Good combination of pieces. – Paul. Particularly like the acoustic part in this, tambura like, very pure. – Jim.

Took – Featuring Bruce Hamilton and Jeff Fairbanks (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Playful and slightly dark kind of Cirque du Soleil like. – Jim.

Paul Muller visits Adam Kondor in Heidleberg

Paul Muller visits Adam Kondor in Heidleberg

Paul Muller
Womtook Pulse – Featuring Steve Layton, Bruce Hamilton and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Nice venture into mashing Paul. Like the wah wahish flanging going on around the keyboard color and the morphing in the keyboard. Good one Paul. – Jim.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece091610 – Quiet piano notes with echo produces a sense of restfulness and serenity. Beautiful. – Paul. Shane you continue to evolve as you should. Tremendous space in the tones with much patience on the decay. You and Peter both this week delivering lovely time at the keys. – Jim.

Piece091610_Reverse – Excellent! My favorite thing to do. Nothing like the sound of the reverse envelope and this one no less. – Jim.

Bruce Hamilton
Womtook – FM piano/mallet instrument/muted steel drum melody weaves about as if exploring a Japenese garden. – Jim.

Skoopt – Featuring Norbert Oldani, Roger Sundström and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Cool beat and ghostly ambiance, riding the dark side, could be east could be west, but it’s skoopt! – Jim.

Gradus Augdemented – Featuring Adam Kondor, Lee Noyes and Bruce Hamilton(contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Like the drums in this, very kicking. Pulsing Jukka influence surrounds. Nice production. – Jim.

Camk – Strong guitar and some echo produce a bright sound. – Paul. Guitar or keyboard patch? Manipulated and to me micro-tonal. Nice mystery exploring going on. – Jim.

Mr. Bailey, Mr. Layton and Mr. Muller, 3 amigos

Mr. Bailey, Mr. Layton and Mr. Muller, 3 amigos

Steve Layton
Quiet Pulses – So this is where the wah wah keys came from in Paul’s mash. It’s neat to listen to the parts after hearing the combined when you I don’t necessarily know who did what. This sounds like some of your LA trip last month influenced you in this piece Steve, has that ‘Law & Order’ feel. Sense of beat in the flange is cool. – Jim.

Two Fields – Featuring Norbert Oldani, Roger Sundström, Shane Cadman and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Quiet Pulses continues as a subtle underscore to the ‘white’ noise and chime like color of this piece. Very silvery in color. – Jim.

Determined – Featuring Paul Muller, Kavin Allenson, Roger Sundström, Lee Noyes and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Great mash! Love the opening organ of Paul Hertz who has been a recurring voice this weekend. As this one grows it’s like the anthem for our time in a way, really great. Ends with nice western motif acoustic tones. – Jim.

Jacob’s Ladder – Featuring Adam Kondor, Peter Thörn, Jeff Fairbanks & etc, Michael Mjollnir & etc, Bruce Hamilton, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Nice tembre’s between the acoustic tones from Jeff and the percussive and electronica with this one. This one really grows nice, thinking of Mark Isham in the color. – Jim.

Skip a Beat – Featuring David John Baer McNicholas, Benjamin Smith, Steve Moyes & David Perreko, Lee Noyes and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Tone scape woven together by walking line organ and earthen acoustic tones with metallic feel. – Jim.

Gray Skies – Featuring Chris Vaisvil, Norbert Oldani, Ken Palmer, Peter Thörn and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Peter’s neighbor voice comes in at a really cool time in this mash. The exploring of the piano lines and the environmental quite effective. Nice color in the electronica and insect like sounds floating about. – Jim.

Vista – Featuring Jeff Duke, Roger Sundström, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen x 2, Tom Izzo and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – The secret life of plants and not to take from Stevie but that’s what this track is saying to me. Seeing things growing, creeping up as if blades from the soil. – Jim.

Zero Hour – Featuring Jim Goodin, Shane Cadman, Lee Noyes and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Jim’s strumming gives a sense of countdown as the other voices join in intermittently. Elegant ending. – Paul. Thanks for including me Steve. Love Shane’s reverse against Lee and mine’s acoustic textures and the ending of this one. – Jim.

Brooklyn, 9th Street by Jim Goodin

Brooklyn, 9th Street by Jim Goodin

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Impro 09/16/10-#1 – Featuring Lee Noyes and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A more full-bodied sound from Jukka-Pekka this week. Something heavy and industrial is going on here. Builds a sense of menace from intimidating sounds. – Paul. Highways, tires roaring on the pavement, a tunnel, caverns, something industrial. Nice thickness in this one altogether Jukka. – Jim.

Few Aware – Wow! Some of your best ‘colour’ yet Jukka. This seems a departure or evolving or just exploring. Nice fluid slow motion, maybe even half speed. Very rich and nice surprise. – Jim.

Either Rite – A mix of worlds in this one from your palettes, some pulses and beeps and some as above, liquidity. Like the more tubular sounds. – Jim.

Greetings by Adam Kondor

Greetings by Adam Kondor

Adam Kondor
Highway Mirages – Featuring Charles A. Turner, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström, Jeff Fairbanks, Paul Hertz, James Ross, Michael Mjollnir, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen2x and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Two times running errands and listening to the thread pieces, when this one came on and I heard the ‘coin drop’ effect I turned to see what I had dropped! Very real. Like this a lot, wonderful ambiance in the mash and the lyrical guitar lead mid way is quite moving. – Jim.

Droplets – In Memoriam Caterina Boratto – Featuring Norbert Oldani, Bruce Hamilton, Lee Noyes and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Wading, moving through early morning waters, near the canals in Venice. Sounds from the window, chimes and near by musical tones float through the air. Over 50 films, quite a life… – Jim.

En Route – Featuring Peter Thörn, Lee Noyes and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – As if a painting, fluid fretless guitar lines. Dissonance and purity in the spaces as if oil colours thick with tone. Lovely interplay in the acoustic strings from the northern and southern hemispheres. Interesting soundbites interspersed. – Jim.

Gradus Ad Parnassum – Based on a Chord by Lee Noyes – Fine use of Lee’s chord through repetition. A sense of unfinished business here. – Paul. Neat evolution of ‘the lost chord’. – Jim.

Some Dadas for Peter – Featuring Benjamin Smith, Adam Kondor, Jean Arp, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Continued evolution of ‘the lost chord’ with electric keys and tones rising. Voices of the dadaism – “a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty.” – Jim.

Lions In the City – Featuring JC Combs, Tom Izzo, Benjamin Smith, James Ross, Shane Cadman, Ken Palmer, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Bruce Hamilton and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Return of J.C. obsessed opening the gates to the city. Excellent mix of ambient and electronics develops light on the top and darker acoustic keys down below as in the oceanic floor in a sense. – Jim.

Der Leiermann – Featuring Chris Vaisvil, Bruce Hamilton, Shane Cadman and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Wonderful textures and inspiration. Subtle delicacies in the orchestration as of being able to hear the piano pedal dampening occasionally. Lovely modernist colours and possibly thinking of Schubert in a modernist way. – Jim.

Lee Noyes
Gradus Ad Parnassum – A single guitar chord. Do not adjust your computer…. A series of squeaks and whistles as if there is loose wire.. Now a series of chords from the guitar. A certain feeling of anticipation from this piece. – Paul. Single chord manipulation by the lone piper Mr. Lee. Really interesting electronic colours all around it as the piece develops. Like the horn like burst near end. – Jim.

Peter Thörn & Roger "ErocNet" Sundström by Paul Muller

Peter Thörn & Roger "ErocNet" Sundström by Paul Muller

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Ghost Bells – Bell tones that are… ghostly. The tones shimmer and remind me of wind chimes – very pleasing. – Paul. A feeling of ‘rubbed’ water glasses in mass generating the ringing bells, like floating through a cavern or chamber at first delicate and then later like a chainsaw forging the path through the uncharted. – Jim.

Space Reverie – A kind of ‘Geiger’ counter effect opens this piece that reminds me of a sound Lee had a while back. Evolves to more electronica even a bit sounding like the water-glass described on another track this thread and then decays. Maybe its radio telegraphy of distant galaxies and passing through one dimension to another. – Jim.

Reverie – The ‘gating’ on the opening of this one is interesting, kind of like drawing chalk marks on the pavement, there then the wind gradually blows away as if fading into the next passage. The effect continues into kind of ‘dub’ version to my ears of the early Star Trek like theme but maybe that’s too vivid of an imagination regardless a cool piece. – Jim.

Paratectonic – Featuring Peter Thörn, Lee Noyes, Bruce Hamilton,Tom Izzo and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Rubbery slightly fretless keyboard sound surrounded by quasar like silvery bursts as if in a carnival going through the hall of mirrors. Evolves to more metallic sounds with more mystery as if digging in the dusk of the desert seeking the latter days of the gold rush. – Jim.

Untitled by Kavin Allenson

Untitled by Kavin Allenson

Kavin Allenson
Our Lady of Perpetual Sublimation – Wow, a completely new sound from Kavin this week at the start of this piece. By :40 we are back in familiar territory – some lovely playing here. – Paul. Acoustic intricacy echoing so many influences that I hear in the last couple of generations of guitar players including myself. Well done Kavin and the enhancement of the electric parts particularly near end is really nice. – Jim.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Sep.17.2010 – Playful notes tiptoe in to the room. Light and breezy feel to this. Some seriously good keyboard playing. – Paul. Vibe patch and accuracy in keyboard skills pouring down like silver in this one Ben. Cool accented part @1:56. Ending section develops like hands everywhere. Good chops. – Jim.

And as normal with each edition here are the tracks Paul and I each contributed to the thread that weekend.

Paul Muller
Pipe Organ Study

Jim Goodin
Storm in Brooklyn
G Sharp
Color Burst

Remember to check out the ImprovFriday Radio podcast series published monthly by Paul and myself. The series is available on Podomatic at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com.  You may also find us in iTunes, just search ImprovFriday Radio and click subscribe!

The current ImprovFriday Radio podcast episode explores the ‘mash’ work created by J.C. Combs, Bruce Hamilton and Adam Kondor. Coming up soon on the podcast series will be an my interview with ImprovFriday member artist Steve Moyes. Look for updates about that show soon.

We would also like to invite you to learn more about the ImprovFriday community by visiting us on the Ning network at http://improvfriday.ning.com. So Paul and I will see you next time for another round of reviews and news from the ImprovFriday event thread for September 23 – 25. Stay tuned soon.

Jim and Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

Chat Log from IF Video Concert Alex Carpenter-James Ross-Michael Waller

Chat Log from IF Video Concert Alex Carpenter-James Ross-Michael Waller

Chat Log from IF Video Concert Alex Carpenter-James Ross-Michael Waller

Chat Log from IF Video Concert Alex Carpenter-James Ross-Michael Waller

Callie's Crusade for the Cure, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Oct. 3rd

Callie's Crusade for the Cure, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Oct. 3rd

A personal note from Jim Goodin – Consider supporting the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Oct. 3rd.

Mosquitoes Attack House Speaker Nancy, ImprovFriday visits Bushwick, News at 10, All on ImprovFriday!

Well friends as the mosquitoes roar about our ears in pursuit of house speaker Nancy, fellow ImprovFriday member artist Paul Muller and myself [Jim Goodin] once again reconvene for another post of WhatsNewatImprovFriday looking back at the musical work done by the community during last weekend’s (August 19 – 21) open call thread.

In addition to the 31 fabulous pieces of music produced by the many fine ImprovFriday artists, we at ImprovFriday were proud to host our first remote live video webcast on Friday evening August 20th. Musicians James Ross, Alex Carpenter and Michael Vincent Waller performed live from Brooklyn venue, Goodbye Blue Monday. We produced their show to streamed video and carried them live on the ImprovFriday home page. Below the thread reviews are details on the show as well as some of the interactive chat and performance pages.

Notes from Paul: Last week I overlooked a piece by Todd Lainhart – just flat missed it in the thread. Sorry Todd – Jim Goodin has posted some comments on your piece on the What’s New at ImprovFriday blog. [editor’s note: August 12-14 post]. Thanks to Chris Vaisvil who has been posting comments on pieces this week in the event thread. Good work! Very fine work posted here this week. Steve Layton is out of his studio visiting Los Angeles so we have fewer pieces from him this week, but still lots to listen to.

And with that said Paul my friend and co-commentator we are off looking at ImprovFriday member artist work produced for the weekend of August 19 – 21, 2010. Links to each artist’s work are included so please to check out the wonderful tracks done.

Bruce Hamilton
Verging On – Good processing of speech on the intro – artistic yet intelligible. The piece that follows effectively evokes a spare and open landscape. – Paul. Creative Max Headroom (early 80’s commercial editing style showing age) style editing, love the Jerrrrssssseeeeyyyyy stretch Bruce, leading in to a low level ambiance a kin to settled myst over the spill of a waterfall. Nice woodwind and subtle piano/keys emerge. – Jim.

Promise – Begins as a recording – we are outside, I think. Now pop music – we are on the side of the road in the sunshine. Nice warm feel to this. – Paul. Environmental beginnings that lead in to a Paul Simonesque sound South African sound ala Graceland, very reminiscent even in the lyric content. Good one Bruce. – Jim.

IF ReCon – Featuring J.C. Combs, Jeff Fairbanks, Jérôme Poirier, Roger Sundström and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Another IF community kind of ‘chain letter’ piece similar to last weekend’s collective piece. Really nice. Begins with ambiance, environmental, voices and wind chimes segueing to ambient mix that increases in density as it rises slowly as if the sun cascading across the landscape then descends and back to environmental sounds like a summer day with a lawn mower in the distance. – Jim.

Shane W. Cadman

Piece082010 – Great bass effect – oscillates left and right in my headphones. Echo adds a nice repetitive effect 🙂 Solid musical instincts here are not obscured by the technology. – Paul. Great diggeridoo real or synth patch on the beginning! Really cool sound modulation of the opening into other synth sounds with neat auto panning effects. Neat sense of a sense of light to dark in this piece, ends with a nice saw tooth wave. Excellent piece and sounds Shane. – Jim.

Lee Noyes
Abandoning Sound – Short bursts of sound enveloped by silences. The sounds are percussive mostly. Vaguely familiar but hard to place – amazing how this increases one’s concentration – an interesting psychological effect. The sounds seem to get louder as the piece proceeds – like we are hearing someone organize a workbench full of tools and metallic materials. Surprisingly engaging. – Paul. Wandering about the room which is clearly Lee’s canvas and finding an occasional pulse, beat of sound. The room is the canvas is the space between sounds. Sounds of what sounds like a drawer of silverware being sorted or coins paints the rooms, then an occasional horn like or tweet sound occurs in Lee’s exploring. At one point there is a pattern in the sounds that contrasts with a perfect rhythm and a neat ‘noise gate’ feel, occurs about 6:30 in to the 8:09 minute score. Right near end you do this rhytmic figure that brings to mind my friend Will. You continue to push your envelope in to the next Lee. – Jim.

Steve Moyes
Backs – A deep humming sound increases in level – gives an effect of rotating. Various other pitches and beeps creep in, but the rotational effect is sustained. At 1:40 the tones break into a triad and more sounds appear – like we are in a spaceship trying to take off. By 3:00 things have settled down – we could be in orbit – a sense of effortless motion. The tones are very active – high and low pitches – giving the sense that something is being communicated. By 8:00 more agitated sounds – engine trouble? By 9:00 we are back – watching the the visitor depart. Nice journey – hope the spaceship analogy wasn’t over-worked… – Paul. Excellent oscillations and modulations Steve. Bordering on chasing Mr. JP Kervinen at a point, concludes and then begins another tubular like journey. The tubular part mod’s to glitch a bit and tips it’s hat to Mr Noyes I think. The pitch changes almost like the slide whistles at times around this section @6 minutes are neat. As the piece winds down we’ve clearly been moving through the cosmos and the sites are on the ‘beyond’ as I would expect no less Mr Steve. – Jim.

Steve Layton
Small Sad – Nice mix of two different keyboard sounds with percussion – just getting started! Should be revisited and extended, IMO… 🙂 – Paul. Like the ‘stuttering’ feel of the rhythm Steve and with the momentary piano voice, it has a sense of unpredictability and then, concludes. – Jim.

Feeling the Way – Featuring Lee Noyes, Jérôme Poirier, Kavin Allenson, Roger Sundström, Ken Palmer, Bruce Hamilton and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Mysterious feel to this – Lee’s piece adds to the sense of uncertainty. Bubbling, then boiling sounds add a sense of menace and nearby danger. Piano music at 5:00 makes a nice contrast of misplaced normality. By 7:15 we have made our way outside – it’s sunny and children are playing! Great sequencing – even if all you had was an old Mac and Audacity. Next week – magnetic tape! – Paul. Your recent trip to California got you some movie score influence here Steve. Really nice color in the surrounding synth sound layering the voices and other parts of the mash. Quasi industrial and quasi ‘Lost’ to me. Lee’s random ‘abandoned’ percussion sounds appear at interesting places as your orchestration fills the space between. At times it calls for a squeezed down telephone or radio voice mixed in almost like something you might hear Eno or Bowie throw in. Lots of great mystery and color throughout. – Jim.

Kavin Allenson
long after midnight – out on the highway, maybe. Nice effects here of wide open spaces, headlights in the distance. Using a sound stretcher? Like quarter notes in succession, except slowed down 20x, you can hear the strings vibrate. Beautiful. – Paul. Man everyone did such lovely rich orchestration on this thread and Kavin your’s no less. Rich floating patches float about searching the sea floor to unknown depths. Really great dark voice suggests there is something near. The dark voice returns near end just like the ‘Smoke Monster’. Good colors and mystic Kavin. – Jim.

Paul Hertz
Adagietto for the End of Summer – Warm and slow – like an August sunset. The woodwind effects are quite good – oboe and bassoon. A slightly melancholy feel to this. Fine continuity – well sustained for a long improvisation. – Paul. Lovely lovely track Paul, melancholy, a bit mournful and occasionally joyous. Reminds me of Faulkner and magnolia trees and the rural south at times. – Jim.

Chris Vaisvil
Subway Pinball Paint Can – Wonderful mix of pinging and plinking sounds with saxophone – you can hear the paint can being shaken. Sforzando is effectively realized. Good processing and mixing here – title is accurately portrayed. – Paul. Kind of a ‘Birth of Cool’ for the melinium. Horn voicings and effects with maybe some editing cast a real west-east feel to this within the continental States. Has a sense of LA and NY combined. Good mood Chris. – Jim.

Kenneth Palmer
Chilling Out – Lovely mixture of bells, guitar and woodwind. Solid bass line. Piano brings us back to familiar territory. Exotic feel to this – Peruvian? – Paul. One of your best Ken, cool earthy World tones setting an ambient vibe with a gentle beat, tasteful piano tones float about, an occasional wind chime tone is the added spice. – Jim.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
MOD/Impro #1 – Fast-paced, explosive sounds here. We are inside a pin-ball machine! Nicely realized. – Paul. Short bursts and creative edits, low end reverse scratch like tones, all woven together in this electronic scape, like a circuit board on speed! – Jim.

Mayan Ceremony, variation #1 – Featuring Adam Kondor and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (contributing artist/mixer/masher)Mayan Ceremony, variation #1 (feat. Adam Kondor/Jukka-Pekka Kervinen) – Interesting cutting of the percussion offers a fast and exotic feel. – Paul. Electronic tones meet organic tones, manipulated in a digital age, pitched and stretched, like chalk marks in the rain, etched in time. – Jim.

Jérôme Poirier
Undrinkable – Featuring Steve Layton, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström and Jérôme Poirier (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Lovely bell tones amid the bubbling and electronica. Feels like it owes a bit to Steve Moyes’ ‘Backs’. – Paul. A sense of ascending and descending, crunching steps through a snow field, tonal stretches, cool organ tones intermingled with variable oscillations, the footsteps pass into the distance. – Jim.

Portrait of Bruce Hamilton’s ‘verging on’ – Featuring Bruce Hamilton, KGMI Radio and Jérôme Poirier (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Nice mixing and cutting of Bruce’s voice. I guess if you put your voice out there it’s fair game… 🙂 The pizzicato strings provide a nice finish. – Paul. This one is a riot Jerome! Love the exaggerated manips of Bruce’s voice over and sparse tones. Tip of the hat to Lee in the use of space. – Jim.

Paul Muller
If082010 – Remastered by Adam Kondor – Adam’s processing gives the pulsing lines some space, helps the oboe cut through and warms the texture a bit. Thanks! – Paul. Brings to mind the Windham Hill duo of Ira Stein and Russell Walder. Lovely oboe patch leading the way as path along the tree lined road. Nice work gentlemen. – Jim.

Jérôme Poirier
Get Directions – A fountain, children are playing! Crowd noises and a siren as well as church bells – a perfectly normal day… Rapid French – getting directions? A beautiful sonic portrait. – Paul. The day begins with the starting bell and they’re off! Environmental, a day in the life, a city square, confusion, how do I get to… – Jim.

J.C. Combs
Parader – Indistinct, distant drums slowly make their way into the foreground amid sirens and car horns. Nice cadence at 1:20… Good panning here – they marched from left to right in my head! A roll-off and some music, but obscured by some motor float, I expect. At 3:00 a much hipper cadence appears. Bagpipes! But they are playing a cliche… At 5:00 the fire trucks growl like tigers… Motorcycles at 6:45 – Shriners? Never fails – wherever you stand on the parade route the bands march by – but they aren’t playing. Good clear sounds – thanks for inviting us along… – Paul. Approaching, approaching. Drums in the distance in cadence, a siren goes by. Nice right to left, left to right drum pan then segue to a roar of machines, generator, cotton candy machine or your thought here. Drums approach again this time joined by pipers. A precursor to a circus, small town celebration as I grew up with celebrating the annual summer water festival or marching to war. As with your recent posts J.C. really great creative process in your aural documenting style. – Jim.

Norbert Oldani
Improvised Convolutions 2 – Interesting funk pattern going here that seems to deconstruct as it goes along. Reminds me of the theme to “Mission Impossible”. – Paul. Are these and your others this weekend in Kyma Norbert? These are great, very organic percussive beats kind of ala Blue Man Group sounds, particularly at :39. Visual afro beat. Good patterns as Paul pointed out. – Jim.

Study for Woodwind and Trombone – Repetition! Nice mix of trombone, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon. At 2:11 we have the trombone in a much better register. Everything is up an octave and it produces a crisper sound. Nice groove goin’. – Paul. Echo’ing Paul a bit Norbert nice sounds between the trombone and bassoon. Plus I almost thought it was a mash piece with Paul as the main lead clarinet reminded me so much of one of Paul’s pieces. It’s interesting when you start sliding the piece a bit ‘downward’ mid-way, makes me think of shifting platelets in the earth under shelves (I know where did that come from! had a very visual childhood…). As the piece moves along your voicings start to remind me of modernist composer Honnegger in the orchestration. Good piece Norbert. – Jim.

Jeff Fairbanks
Tude – Dude! Lush mix of woodwinds, organ and electronics. Big, warm sound here – well done. – Paul. Pulsing mix of voices that really gives this arrangement a ‘real’ effect. Organ has a minising almost clipping sound that with the other voices sounds really neat Jeff. Feels a bit like a hot air balloon making it’s way through jagged mountainous passage. – Jim.

Johnny & Faith
A Cloud Of Mosquitoes Eating Nancy Pelosi – Yikes! It sounds exactly like a giant swarm of mosquitoes… Mosquitoes as big as B52s! I guess Newt Gingrich was too sour for them… Sufficiently scary for any politician! – Paul. Okay sad as it is I had to Google to find out how Miss Nancy is/was so I guess that’s good education for me as part of the uninformed public here Johnny. Appreciated. And judging from this swarm I don’t think she will fair too well, she must be swinging much too right. Tis some good ‘noize’ there in your piece J and F. – Jim.

Adam Kondor
Grisaille – Masterful mix of the entire Aug 13 event. The parts never overwhelm and are carefully sequenced. Amazing achievement. – Paul. The name makes me feel a sense of Africa about particularly in the beginning. I will say also Adam includes snippets of some of my udu trax (thank you) and also later on a some of friend Will [Romano] (thank you) so hence the ‘African’ vibe. There are also others (Roger/Jukka hear for sure and sure there are more) from the community passing through so tis ‘Adamashed’. Funny too I guess from the Africa thoughts I was thinking that Grisaille was a critter of the plains but in reality it is a painting that is all monochrome or shades of gray so in a weird way suddenly this mash goes other visual directions to me, such as a blending and kind of evenness so there you go power of words. – Jim.

Sairung – A Rainbow Over Time – Featuring Shane Cadman/15Jan, Paul Hertz/8Jan, Lee-Noyes-&-JC-Combs/22Jan – a shooting star and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Bright piano, bells and drone light up the landscape. Full of sunny optimism – sad to hear it end! – Paul. Adam some great environmental work this weekend and this one no less. Sounds like a bit the Far East as well as for some reason I want to say Willy Wonka as it has a factory sound but fun sound. – Jim.

Two Clarinets – difficult playing here – how do the two stay in tune? Wonderful weaving of each melody line in and around the other. Very bright sound in this register. Like two butterflys chasing each other in a summer meadow. Unexpected ending! – Paul. Weaving plants entangling vines, sunlight trying to peer through but much closure here. Tight linear lines that take on organ color to my ears but clearly blown. Low register line enters nicely like a new vine beginning to sprout. Nice endslip the way the piece resolves. – Jim.

Mayan Ceremony – Firecrackers, drums, a big crowd – must be something interesting. Low droning horns provide interesting contrast to all the excitement. Now the ceremony starts… 1000 years old but with jets flying overhead. Sun, air, rain – esp rain – very important. Now faint drumming and chanting – getting louder. Interesting how music really adds a lot to any ceremony. A valuable reconstruction. – Paul. A sense of building abounds during first few minutes so it’s kind of preparing for a ceremony. The voices and environmental documentation are grand, the voice of an older woman talking about ‘today is the day of the Sun’. A feeling of both the present as well as back centuries to the Mayan civilization, the woman’s voice sounds as an edict to not forget the past. It’s such a constant metaphor in our planet’s ‘worlds’ and cultures. Really interesting piece Adam. – Jim.

Verbunkos – To Lee Noyes – Featuring Bela Bartok, Jimmy Giuffre and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – More difficult clarinet playing. Pizzicato strings appear. Settles into a sort of swinging mode but filled with interesting contrasts. The two styles don’t quite compliment each other – but each plays off the other surprisingly well. Perhaps Adam should notate this – could be a great piece for an orchestral concert. – Paul. Sounds like a mix of 60’s filmreel score and 40’s dance band. Lovely orchestration between the modern classical winds, swingesque light piano and kind of Goodman lead clarinet that weaves through. Actually lead clarinet gets more modern near end and then sneaks away. – Jim.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Nifsarpsmaden – Liquidy sounds, and walking on gravel. Roaring and water sounds – no doubt a waterfall. Nice tour of some Swedish water features – unlike anything we have here in SoCal. – Paul. Well lots of education this week. Nifsarpsmaden is a wetland in Sweden that is sort of from I what interpret online, an area that has been setup to organically handle sewage treatment. If I misinterpret, Roger or Peter, please correct me. But another great environmental as we get the sense of walking about, of wet grass or for a bit before I knew this I thought the crunching of snow but it has ‘melted’. Near end we hear nicely recorded cicada like critters. – Jim.

ICA – Guitar sounds here. Arpeggios with unusual starting points and endings. Pensive feel to this. Nice gentle closing chord. – Paul. From wetlands we return with Roger to a sense of traditions and raw guitar, still progressive and some alternate technique. A bit Frisellian color as I’ve pointed out before in Roger’s phrasing and feel. Nice chord color ends. – Jim.

These were all the recorded pieces from last weekend’s thread. In addition to these pieces history was made for the IF community on Friday evening August 20th when we streamed live from a Brooklyn (NY) music venue, a video performance of the live Goodbye Blue Monday show of members James Ross, Michael Vincent Waller and their collaborating ‘band mate’ Alex Carpenter. ImprovFriday began hosting live ‘in studio’ video webcasts in the spring of 2010 but this was the first to take place from a public venue.

Richard Lainhart and myself produced/streamed live to the Internet the inspired evening of ‘new’ experimental music. Richard did a stellar job of camera and sound and I monitored our online feed and interactive chat which I provided play-by-play text and audio voice over commentary. Included in this section are screen captures of some of the interactive chat which was an audience of @30 known connections between ImprovFriday and Livestream. Our feed was broadcast to the Internet via video host Livestream.com then embedded on the ImprovFriday page.


It was such a great night of introspective thought reaching music from the three experimental artists coming from the stage of the Bushwick neighborhood music haunt, Goodbye Blue Monday.

James Ross performing live at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NYJames began the evening with a screwdriver infused wash of guitar driven sound in a traditional un-guitar driven way, beginning subtle and ‘raising the roof’ a few notches and then as the tide goes out, down came the wash of wired tones lowering the roof gently back in place in the 20 minute performance.

Next up Australian born Alex Carpenter took the stage Alex Carpenter performing live at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NYbringing a ‘harp like’ 6-string wall of delay laden tones that nicely balanced, equally complimented and yet contrasted James set.

James Ross, Michael Waller, Alex Carpenter Live at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NYNext up Michael, James and Alex teamed up for a journey to ‘dorian’ land population three, brilliantly locking in on a huge unison low end drone, expanding upward and outward to a gorgeous cerebral alchemy. It was a great evening and first for ImprovFriday. Special thanks to James, Alex and Michael for a great show!

The archive recording of the ImprovFriday Goodbye Blue Monday show can be see at http://www.livestream.com/otownlive.

Lastly though Paul and I don’t review each others work publicly as part of this blog, we both contribute each week to the thread. Paul’s fine track was listed as part of the thread above as Adam Kondor wanted to do a re-mix of it this week. Here is a link for the piece I did…

Jim Goodin
Down to the Goat’s Ass Blues Minimalism Brooklyn Funk

That’s it for this week. Join us next week for a look at the new music from the ImprovFriday thread, August 26-28. Remember the ImprovFriday Radio podcast series which for the month of August Paul looks at mixes a mashes, featuring the work of Bruce Hamilton, J.C. Combs and Alex Kondor. Have a great day and as my since passed on much too soon old Arkansas friend, Ray Lincoln used to say when he would close his radio talk show on KARN-AM, ‘I hope you did something fun today ’cause it cost you a day of your life!’

Jim and Paul
ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

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A Happening Amazing Inspired Weekend, ImprovFriday August 12-14

Whew! Man this ImprovFriday thread from last weekend (August 12-14) was huge! Hence I’m running behind getting Paul and mine’s comments published but nonetheless it was intense and amazingly inspired and I encourage you to give some time checking out this recent weekend’s work.

Part of my delay this week was that I was involved in two other ImprovFriday projects I want to quickly mention. We had an amazing live video concert webcast on Friday, August 20th, featuring Alex Carpenter, James Ross and Michael Vincent Waller, live from Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn, NY. Look for a blog entry about that say entailing details on an amazing night of music. I was fortunate to be there in person and along with ImprovFriday teammate Richard Lainhart, produced the event for the webcast. Totally cool!

Lastly the August episode of our ImprovFriday Radio podcast is up and alive. This month Paul features mixes and mashes from the community and looks at the work of J.C. Combs, Bruce Hamilton and Adam Kondor, so click on the link and give a listen, even subscribe to our monthly cast.

Now the reviews….

Michael MjollnirFirst time participant
Damp Hell – Interwoven stealthily piano and guitar sleepily starting in a David Lynch kind of weave and become more ‘jazz’ guitar like as it grows, a bit like Jim Hall’s record with Bill Evans but more ambient. Michael welcome to IF. – Jim. Nice full piano chords and guitar open this. Rain track adds a certain restfulness that matches the music. Some slick guitar playing at 2:30. Barely audible bells add an almost subliminal texture just underneath the rain. Quiet, laid back. Welcome to IF Michael. – Paul.

Norbert Oldani
Celtic Harp Improvisation – Asian motif and neat playful traditional instrument sound in nicely played arpeggiating melody. – Jim. The tuning seems unconventional? Good approximation of the Celti Harp texture. Beautiful final chord – dies away nicely. – Paul.

Acceleration Canon with Accompaniment – Koto like voice opens monophonically and becomes more intricant, overlaying itself and almost polyphonic, cool gated effect in development. – Jim. Rapid, stacotto notes don’t detract from the bluesy feel of this. Like popcorn. – Paul.

Improvised Temple Bell Convolutions – Norbert continues to find homage me thinks in the Tibetan world. It seems a place of age old secrets and inner peace. Correct me if wrong but aren’t these last several voices done created in Kyma? It’s all most inventive as i think that’s what you are doing. This one is quite realistic. – Jim. Lovely bell tones mix with a rattle of metallic sounds – like a kalidescope. – Paul.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.Improv.Aug.13.2010 – Tightly colored melody and chordal voices taking on a music box effect as the piece rises, all surrounded by an ambient environmental sound percussive at times, rain at times. Piano voicings are almost tossed about as if Pollock style painting but well played and orchestrated. – Jim.

Peter Thörn
Between Bingos – An environmental scape that begins as a night in what could be anywhere in what I would have thought rural America yet here we are in Sweden with the ‘safe’ game of gambling intermingled with what initially reminded me of my old ironic Swedish car, a volvo that had seen better days. It sounded like this in the cold winter when I would be praying it would start and away it would grind. But the grind here evolves to more of a rhythmic mechanical press or some such and then we are back to BINGO! I have BINGO! – Jim. Interesting intro. Industrial sounds – really booming in the lower registers, like a dragon snorting. Sounds of a car not starting generates anxiety. Bingo is big business here in the casinos… – Paul.

Run Over Zither in B Flat -‘Prepared’ instrument? Lots of manipulated strings, slides, twangs and flapping strings, played with a beer bottle I bet! Well reminds me a bit of something with a beer bottle I did on the CT-Collective record ReUse. Okay not to digress, very deltaesque, strange coming from Sweden! It’s erratic immediacy rings wild and true. – Jim. A surprising amount of music comes out of this given its state of ‘preparation’. Some of the zings and twangs are quite engaging. Not so far from one of Jukka’s latest pieces. Great effort! – Paul.

No Limits – Wow Peter, excellent almost inside the fretless sound but the more I listened I think it’s your art of nyckelharpa that you have so well developed the last year. Sounds at times like a baritone sitar at times and then gets more percussive as you lead us through your alchemy. – Jim.

Fridtjof
Impro – Rapid sequence of sharp notes and an interesting choice of pitches. The sound of energy coming from the actively busy. I hope we can hear more from him soon! – Paul.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Pottery Walk – Inside and drum like, possibly sounds indeed emerging from spinning on a pottery wheel. Living in a city I’m think you guys in rural Sweden have such wonderfully quiet environments, all these delicate found pieces you’ve been doing are so cleanly recorded Roger. This one moves about various pot percussive sounds becoming almost like a typewriter at times and weaves in and around a bucket, perhaps doing something with clay. – Jim. A definite sense of moving on foot here produced by tapping percussive sounds and echo. – Paul.

Big Foot – Featuring Steve Layton, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jérôme Poirier and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Sasquatch you say! The ambience of ‘found’ versus’s swirling electronica grows in a great back/forth panning effect becoming gamesque glitch suddenly dying to the ‘found’ scratch kind of whetstone thing and then Sasqwatch returns. Critter sighted and it resolves to sounding like he has won. – Jim.

InpiOutgit – Featuring Lee Noyes and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Whether processed slowed down or all played in real time which is what I think to my ears, some awfully precise and Bill Frisell like stuff going on in this and a couple of other recent pieces from Roger, all with Steve Moyes and Lee Noyes like patience. All this kind of work has tremendous appreciation for the negative space. High plucked and sort rubbing strings going on as well as some nice percussive near the bridge strums going on. – Jim. Combination of notes from the guitar and sounds from the guitar. Almost like we are hearing the adjustment of the string tension. Long low note provides a foundation and contrast for the other sounds. A variety of close-up sounds keep us wondering what is going on. Roger must be listening to Lee Noyes these days…. – Paul.

Late Opus – Wow Roger, love this. Baritone ukelele or small bodied acoustic guitar. Very intimate and lovely played track with a nice mysterious tuning, two of the open strings really ring very cool when you come to the end of several of your phrases. Really nice. – Jim. Guitar notes but with unconventional tuning. Exotic, mournful feel to this – North African? Interesting use of echo evident
at 4:00. – Paul.

Robotics – Whirring and drills, electro mechanical at times, gamesque at times like time stretched ‘Jukka (don’t mean to trademark you here JPK)’. – Jim.

Tatoo – Though not a ‘mash’ hearing this back to back with Steve’s ‘Swims’ suggests sound influence and perhaps I think we’re all starting to influence each other which is rather cool I think. I can also see the opening moments indicative of a ‘tattoo’ parlor in San Francisco, beads adorning a back room, quiet mysterious atmosphere of the artisans of the skin art. Reeling back to musicality about 2:15 some warbling percussive textures enter as spirits and then dart in and out as the piece cycles to it’s completion. – Jim. Light electronic sounds – like a flute or whistle – combined in various ways. Airy with a sense of weightlessness to this – like we are
hovering nearby. A series of creaks at 2:20 briefly break the spell and at 3:00 it sounds like a dog barking in the distance. Relaxed feeling to this throughout. – Paul.

Todd Lainhart
Buoy – With our Digitsignal Jules Verne show fresh in my ears this scape by Todd would have been perfectly at home with us. Sounds of descent and like a water explore lightly tapping on materials either outside his suit or perhaps he’s in a water sphere, bored and finding his own rhythm. Grows to cool beat. – Jim.

Kavin Allenson / David John Baer McNicholas
‘Untitled’ Neopolitalitarianism – Featuring chimps 8 my ears w/ breaking light on full spectrum lead guitar – Dense arrangement of guitar, effects, atmospheric, thickly wired. Cool tubular distortion that weaves through as the piece grows. Gamesque ‘Jukka-Pekka’ influenced sounds enter the picture all resolving to a subtle singular muted guitar figure. – Jim. A guitar surrounded by conventional band percussion and then spaceship sounds. Moves in and out of the present and into the future, blurring the boundary line. – Paul.

Kavin Andersen
Cynosure – From Wiki, “That which serves to guide or direct.” And clearly Kavin’s muse is directing him. Focused nicely done/felt solo guitar improvisation with nods to several directions from Jim Hallish trad jazz to Stevie Ray. – Jim. Strong, melodic guitar to start. A sort of blues riff to this with a nice progression at 1:20. Some lovely playing at 3:00 out to the quiet finish. – Paul.

Chris Vaisvil
Testing, Testing, Testing… – Must say really dig this. Lovely reverse wash that I’m always a sucker for, nicely layered loops, growing density and interesting guitar driven ideas and voicing. – Jim. Beautiful rising sounds create an effective drone. Nice guitar overlay enhances the mood. Guitars take over at 2:00 and provide a more varied texture. A sort of phasing seems
to occur around 4:00 that is very nice. The tones even out around 6:00 to a more focused sound. Slow fade out gives a sense of motion and distance. Pretty good for just a test. – Paul.

Shane Cadman and Kavin Allenson
Sierra Vista– Featuring Shane W. Cadman, Kavin Allenson and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A dusty town a 150 years ago or a Hollywood set, great mash/collab track. Wonderful slide guitar color over ambient peaceful synth colors and lyrical electric guitar lines. – Jim. Beautiful guitar work and drone blends together effectively. Its almost like the landscape between the two players is being described – Los Angeles to Texas. Nice mix. – Paul.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece081310 – Wonderful acoustic deltaesque tones encircled by synth colors. Very much exploring the guitar these days in your pieces Shane which I think is great. Focused tones and vision in these journeys. Like the geiger counter like click that emerges near end a couple of times. – Jim. Strong drone provides a steady texture that highlights the notes from the guitar – nicely blended. A lonely and slightly sad sound but with an element of defiance. – Paul.

Steve Layton
Tone Over – Hovering kind of Tangerine Dream tubular voice going on that gives you that kind of ‘Autobahn’ feel over. – Jim. A wash of applause-like sounds and a series of mobile, otherworldly tones provide a rapid pulse. Like a carnival ride – tilting and whirling. Nice surf-like sounds fade out at the finish. – Paul.

Happy Dance – Featuring Fridtjof, Bruce Hamilton and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Playful ukelele ‘prepared’ and Randy Newmanish at times helter/skelterish piano clusters all flying about with great ‘free jazz’ feel. – Jim. Busy meets peripatetic. This piece radiates un-channeled energy. – Paul.

We Were All Young – Featuring Bruce and Miles Hamilton, Lee Noyes, Peter Thörn, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – This mash suggests strong sense of ‘time’ in the sense of passing as the name suggests with it’s feeling of a clock shop as well as subtle passerbys on the sidewalk I think, the lovely piano weaving through in a melancholy way. Some tension invites with Lee or Peter’s hammer’d tones, a dog barks somewhere, a child’s voice appears and disappears, time doth pass. – Jim.

Khon – Featuring Norbert Oldani, Glenn Weyant and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – ‘(โขน) is the most stylised form of Thai dance. It is performed by troupes of non-speaking dancers, the story being told by a chorus at the side of the stage. Choreography follows traditional models rather than attempting to innovate. www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Dance-of-Thailand‘. So says Google and I actually thought it had the meaning of a ‘joke’ or ‘fable’. With Norbert’s Asian infused sounds and Glenn’s foundation it does take on a dance color. Of course there is that roaring semi barreling down the Arizona interstate to me, perhaps carrying a Thai dance troop’s set and supplies (grins). – Jim.

Spider – Featuring Peter Thörn, Lee Noyes, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström, Steve Moyes, Jérôme Poirier and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – The width of this one does kind of feel like an octagonal legged creature rambling about between Kavin’s manipulated guitar, Lee and Peter’s rubbed percussion. For me I see tall grass and warbling through the terrain so perhaps it is an outdoor spider looking for crickets and the like in the darker places in it’s sojourn. The great sense of ‘found’ and manipulated textures casts a great picture here. – Jim. The zither returns! Accompanied by guitar, cello and piano tones of similar nature – good choices for featuring all the strings this week. A definite friction-y feel by 4:00. Nice sequence of tones at 4:50 – too brief. Great finish. – Paul.

Infiltrators – Featuring Todd Lainhart, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström, Glenn Weyant and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) –
Lots of neat lower bout ambient tones going on between Todd, Roger and Glenn here. Sirens pass by and a hovering craft approaches in the scape. Perhaps a rainstorm also blowing in, perhaps akin to the first arrival of the alien ship over South Africa in District 9. Cool beat grows midway and leads us through the piece. Actually that reminds me of Wil and his piece would equally mash in here but a late arrival this time. Good mash Steve. – Jim. The sounds from inside a submarine that has perhaps dived too deep – produces a certain uneasiness. Nice groove in the percussion. – Paul.

Improv Aug.13.2010 – Featuring Benjamin Smith and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Clocklike and akin to watching/hearing the ribbon like strips responding to the manipulated turning wheel of a music box, turning with the strips striking the small placed points and resonating the sound. Rain, percussive, coming down, Bartokish in style. – Jim. Wonderful ambiance to this – like we are inside the piano. The sounds really explode off the keyboard when heard this way. We hear what sounds vaguely like party music – but with a more distant and remote feel – almost alienated. The percussive piano sounds at 6:00 are very striking, almost intimidating. A piece with a unique sonic perspective. Glad you attempted this recording given that your midi interface is still down – the artistry comes through. – Paul.

Deep Blue – Featuring Chris Vaisvil, Adam Kondor, Greg Hooper, Todd Lainhart, Kavin Allenson and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Steallarness of the ocean depths it’s title suggests, gliding like a submarine or some sea creature in it’s beautiful slow motion through the walls of sea liquid. Reverse guitars give a cool effect as the piece moves along. – Jim.

Johnny and Faith
Flushed Rush – Spoiled Little Sour Grapes – Mr. Limbaugh I presume! Creative editing with voice of the airways ego dialog here and well done J&F. Good groove going from the talk radio to a sense of ambience and edge soundscape. – Jim. Masterful mix of Rush – a kind of compressed version of his radio rants. Maybe it’s the OxiContin talking…. Very well crafted! – Paul.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Impro 08/13/10-#1 – Oscillating panning strobing gamesque frontier here so well done from Mr JPK. – Jim. Full-on electronics. Spacy feel to this. Sounds a bit like an old shortwave radio on a noisy night – we are listening to the ionosphere. – Paul.

Lin #2, Variation – Featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – This particular game sound has a real peak or pointed sound different from the many others Jukka has sent our way. This is almost like a machine gun going off like a game ‘sprite’ moving through the electronic landscape. The scape has an overall pinball effect to of the ball rolling down the slight incline bumping off electronic bumpers racking points. – Jim. A much more liquidy version. We are descending underwater and hearing the bubbles of air go by. – Paul.

Lin #4, Variation A – Featuring Bruce Hamilton, Jeff Fairbanks, Steve Moyes and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – More space in this variation between the range of electronic beeps and pulses. This one feels a bit more like floating in space which might be due to the complementary mash with Bruce, Jeff and Steve. Good balance of the pulses and tones. – Jim. Bell-like tones here – lovely ringing sounds. Like being inside a tower clock striking midnight. – Paul.

Lin #4, Variation B – Featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeff Fairbanks, Steve Moyes and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Combination of bells and electronica – a big music box with the clanking of gears audible. – Paul.

Lin #5, variation A – Featuring Bruce Hamilton, Jeff Fairbanks, Steve Moyes, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Well add Adam and even more things happen in the virtual landscape. Voice like samples or voices emerge and even more space develops giving almost an electrical glitch or discharge happening along the ‘space’ like content. – Jim. Sounds are more eruptive and sudden. More crashing and clashing – produces a feeling of slight distress. – Paul.

Lin #5, variation B – Featuring Bruce Hamilton, Jeff Fairbanks, Steve Moyes, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Kind of growing more like an air lock or a process being ‘gated’ between it’s lower frequencies and silence. An interesting process in all these. – Jim. The bells are highlighted here and the crashing subdued resulting in a bit more optimistic feel. – Paul.

Ken Palmer
Improv in D Minor – Nice classy movieesque piano and orchestration. Reminds me of a Bill Evans record that was done similar with strings. The balance is cool Ken and emotive, well played, felt and arranged. – Jim. Nice orchestral sounds behind the keyboard – the timpani rolls add drama. Minor mode really comes out well in the strings. Give it some structure and it could grow into a piano concerto. – Paul.

Jérôme Poirier
After Sludges – Jérôme returns to the Jon Hendricks influence I was hearing him do when one of us first came in to the community here. Very playful and nice ‘jazz’ phrasing in this approach. – Jim. A series of almost bird-like sounds at the start. Some nice vocals and trumpet tones at :35. Bizarre vocalizing at 1:00 accompanied by a sort of rushing sounds produce a strange environment. – Paul.

Bruce Hamilton
Mem Euphony – Featuring Miles Hamilton and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Lovely alchemy I was going to say mash but think this is Bruce only. Pictorial layering between the romantic almost new agee yet more dense piano and the various environmental make for a smoky heart felt piece. – Jim. Beautifully simple piano line here arcs over a sort of restless collection of busy sounds. Evocative of the intensity small children exhibit in their playtime. – Paul.

Rome – Featuring Paul Hertz, Steve Moyes, Glen Weyant, Benjamin Smith, Peter Thörn and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Ambience of lady luck, strings on metal, drones, electro acoustic keys and ‘when in Rome’. Kind of like a machine shop then about 3 min in there is a release to the pulsing keyboard interplay then the alchemy returns. The grinding car trying to start cuts through in all this from Peter’s ambient track, turns Twilight Zonish and dies out to the drone of the cello. – Jim. We hear what sounds like an orchestra rehearsal or tuning – a sort of controlled chaos. Some serious industrial sounds change the mood at 2:00. Excellent mixing of all the parts here. Nice burbling of piano and instruments in the background at about 4:00 and this builds into a sense of anxiety. Some really good rumbles in the bass at 5:30. It all breaks into a sort of drone at 6:00 that is very engaging… and then ends suddenly. – Paul.

Pastone – Stretched and rubbed strings and colors that suggest ‘Adam’ influence to me Bruce. Glitchy tones follow with occasional percussive hits and kalimba like plucks. Lovely motif resolves on the end. – Jim. Lovely mix of woodwind and string sounds with strong percussive beats. Flute and violins conjure a melancholy feel at 1:00 that is explored and then reinforced at 2:18 through the finish. – Paul.

Mice – Like it! Slightly Monkish bouncing piece that begins sparse with playful piano, horn thrown about almost like random chance and gradually becomes more calculated in feel with really nice bass and drums entering and tying it all together. – Jim. Incredible variety of short, sharp sounds. A rhythm that defies any tempo… At 1:30 a snare drum gives us some helpful timekeeping. This piece accurately portrays the sporadic movement of mice… all it lacks is a cat 🙂 – Paul.

IF Community Project
IF Linear-Cumulative – Featuring Bruce Hamilton, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, J.C. Combs, Lee Noyes, Jim Goodin – This was great fun, a Bruce Hamilton inspired ‘chain’ project started during the thread. Each artist recorded between 5 – 20 seconds and tagged on to the previous person’s work, so Bruce set the stage with the opening seconds. Each participant could not ‘mash’ on top of a previous track but could segue from the previous to their own by a dissolve or other transition. The idea to pick up where the other left off, respond and go somewhere connected but new. Twas cool! – Jim.

Adam Kondor
Memories of a Mad Mother – Adam man you take some amazing trips in your work. I can see this one. Kind of feels like a drift towards dark streets and foreign open markets for a while with orchestration, some hammered sounding strings, Indian in color at times, cinematic at times. The ‘hammered dulcimer’ like thing that surfaces several times makes me think of curio shops and the ‘foreign’ markets referenced. Nicely mixed throughout with wonderful separation. – Jim. Amazing series of menacing sounds blended into a somewhat scary mix given the title and text. Darkly foreboding feel – a sense of rising anxiety. The sudden ending adds a punch to the preceding drama. – Paul.

Layers of Silence – Featuring Steve Layton, Steve Moyes, Glenn Weyant and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A silent scream, a great sense of ‘an in the distance’ feel, beautifully set. Stellar metallic whirs and ghost like sources that glide past your ears on this one – headphones for sure! – Jim. Best to quote a comment from Steve L on this one: “I have to say Adam, this made my mouth hang open in wonder… A near-perfect spectralist piece, conjures up Grisey or Radulescu!” I would just add that I think Adam has managed to elicit from electronic sounds the same feelings that can be
heard in his orchestral pieces, esp in the woodwinds. – Paul.

Paul Hertz / Max Roach
Different Trains – Featuring Paul Hertz, legacy recording of Max Roach and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Rhythmic mashed duping between Paul’s pulsing organ and the historical recording of jazz great Max Roach who sounds like a machine gun. Paul’s tones start as repetitive block clusters then modulate into an arpeggiated figure, all of which calls to mind Steve Reich clearly hence the titling I think. The Roach drum track is indeed made for him here. – Jim. Good to hear the jazz master – well chosen to accompany Paul’s piece. Amazing how they follow each other. Maybe “Different Tranes”? – Paul.

Paul Hertz
Precipitation – I can see why this track worked so well with Max Roach through Adam’s eyes/ears. Very percussive rhythmic chordal tones coming from your organ this week Paul. Churchy at times and circusy at others. Nice low tones that are also very Reichish which is what the track mash with Max brings to mind. – Jim. What’s this? A minimalist pulse! Has Paul been listening to Philip Glass? Nice passage work at 2:30. Fine re-creation of rain dripping off a roof after a summer storm (just the way I remember it). Now all ya gotta do is expand, say, those 16 bars at 2:30 into 5 minutes – just trust the process – and you will be on your way! – Paul.

Lee Noyes
Open Source Inside Piano – 13 VIII 10 – Like a forensics specialist Dr Noyes goes about the piano in a kind of ‘unprepared’ way like inverted John Cage finding sounds first hammering on strings leading to a resolve plucking a low chorus, rings very sweet here. Then we are led to space awaiting the next detail. Again a lovely plucked low string, followed by some high and then some pairs that become more Asian in color. The exploring continues as akin to the tale of the Scottish harper who kept going when his pipping corp turned left. – Jim. Striking the strings provide ray-like sounds. The strumming sounds much richer than on a guitar – very cool. Wonder why we don’t hear more ‘piano unbound’ music? The very low notes at 5:00 have a nice dark color. The higher notes at 5:50 have such an exotic feel you would not guess they were from a piano. I’m now convinced the piano as we know it is a percussive instrument – the strings on their own have an entirely different flavor. Looking forward to the re-tuning experiment. – Paul.

Open-Source Inside-Piano – 12 VIII 10 – A second journey into the deep cavity of the 88’s. Man Lee resonance of the plucked bass strings is worth the price of the trip. Plucked strings and struck strings follow in curious exploring, occasionally rubbing the strings getting the grit and metal. This should be a suite with Peter’s nyckelharpa, think about it for next week guys, can see it. – Jim. The piano project yields its first recorded piece! Interesting shimmer to the sustained notes; you can hear the sympathetic vibrations of the other nearby strings. Guitar-like in the lower registers and harp-like higher. An other-worldly, yet familiar sound. – Paul.

Steve Moyes
Railings – Down and dirty intense bowing leads us in to this inner workings track. You can almost see the wood breaking in your cello bow Steve! Occasional cluster pluckings pop in and then excellent bow bouncing follow that brings to mind my buddy Will’s ‘guitar’ drumming. The nice surprise here is I think this is all acoustic guitar bowing which for a while in this piece I’ve been thinking your cello but I think not! Great hit and saw ending section. – Jim. Low notes from a bowed string instrument open this with a definite industrial character. Harsh sounds now at 1:30 interspersed with chords. Breaks into a strong rhythm at 2:20. By 4:25 a series of creaks and chords ratchet up the tension. Spectacular cadenza at the finish. – Paul.

Swims – Fluid as water like as the title suggests. Small bells looped or possibly stretched, thickens as the piece develops taking on more blending in to one another. The sounds become more like saucers as in flying, not having seen one but imagined they might elicit these sounds, also like a geiger counter as referenced earlier. The piece continues nicely balanced as it begins to thin out and return to it’s singular beginning quality. – Jim. Bright tone colors echo through the air. Very intense sound – almost like musical hail. Beautiful tone sequence at about 2:00. Higher pitches sparkle like broken glass on the pavement. Nice fade-away on the
ending. – Paul.

J.C. Combs
Strange Vibes – Kalimba and struck like percussive ‘found’ sound maybe a box actually, muted vibe tones interwoven with other percussive sounds and space. As the piece progresses a tubular sound emerges akin to struck plastic pipe and taking on a rhythmic more pattern oriented path unusual to the composer’s more recent environmental sound pieces and then it stops. – Jim. Interesting vibraphone playing – exploratory, searching sort of feel to this. Percussion takes over at 1:15, vibes back in at 1:45. Assertive playing at 2:45 brings us to the abrupt signature finish. – Paul.

Greg Hooper
Ticket – Cool fretless bass or some such sounding tones engage in this brief piece. Nice chordal tones in the style of Jaco and more current Michael Manring. Melodic tones weave above a low level electronic ambience as if clouds or fog blowing cross the land. A sense of something landing abounds. – Jim. Short bursts of notes stand out against the subdued background. Quiet, reflective. Short. – Paul.

Glenn Weyant
Untitled / track 2a solo drone processed – Wonderful cello drone Glenn with growing distortion or I think it’s cello perhaps other textures but cool drone regardless. Takes on colors if you were passing through a tunnel, flashing lights going by, could be a subway tube in my world Glenn I think you are in Arizona so possibly a long stretch of desert highway and semis tearing up the road at night at 80+ and this is the sound of their tires on the pavement. – Jim. Sounds at first like a 60 Hz transformer hum but this has more overtones. Nice additions at 1:05 – powerful! You can almost hear a melody at 1:50… Very interesting – should be expanded. – Paul.

Will Romano
Scarified and Rarified – I can’t really comment on Will’s work as he’s a friend and collaborator. This is Will’s second piece for the community, the first was a collaboration between he and I. Scarified and Rarified was initially supposed to be that as well but arrived late and I felt it should stand on it’s own. I’ve known and worked with Will for several years now since we first met when I was doing a clinic at a Sam Ash and he was doing an article on clinicians for the now defunct Gig Magazine. In those days he played more conventional drums but heavy influence from folks like Bill Bruford but equally had a very organic tribal Mickey Hartish thing happening. In recent years he’s gotten very in to ‘found’ textures and colors and uses everything from pvc tube to bicycle parts sometimes combined with traditional drums or sometimes without. i’m glad to bring him into the mix here and hoping he becomes as inspired as I have become by ImprovFriday. – Jim. Nice groove going with the percussion. Crisp playing – precise. The xylophone entry gives a melodic dimension. Reminds me a bit of listening to a parade, esp as it fades off into the distance.. – Paul.

See you next time…

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LIVE from ImprovFriday, this Friday!

ImprovFriday will be doing a ‘first’ this Friday evening, August 20th, at 10:30 EST / 7:30 PST (see link below for global times).  From a live performance in Bushwick Brooklyn at Goodbye Blue Monday, we will be producing a live video webcast of the Alex Carpenter/James Ross/Michael Waller show. So if you can’t be there you can be there!

Richard Lainhart and I will be tag-team tech producing this event for ImprovFriday and I’m very jazzed to be involved in this ImprovFriday ‘first’.

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If you’re in the NY area please come on down to the venue, directions here, but if you can’t catch it live at ImprovFriday at http://improvfriday.ning.com!