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Into, In To, In Two… ImprovFriday

Audio Spectrograph of Chris Vaisvil's piece The Core of Lo

Audio Spectrograph of Chris Vaisvil’s piece The Core of Lo

I coordinated this weekend’s ImprovFriday music event and came up with an optional theme of ‘Into’ or ‘In To’ or ‘In Two’ and I think even ‘In Too’ which all related to I’m not sure what but loosely as in a departure or step. At the time of recording two pieces I did for the weekend event the phrase came to me and I thought it would be cool. Our goal in a theme on an ImprovFriday event is merely a suggestion to present if a participating artist chooses, a starting point or germ of a spark. As always going theme is optional.

So much introspectively beautiful work was made by member artists around the globe. Each weekend or pre-weekend beginning at @4pm PST on Thursday and running through Saturday at 6pm PST ImprovFriday hosts an open call recording session if you will challenging participating musical artists to create ideally around the actual event time, one or more work and post to the site under Creative Commons licensing.

As can often happen a singular work created by one person will be chosen to become part of another work often combining several to make what is dubbed, a ‘mash‘ or re-mix. When that happens it’s uncanny how amazingly the works will fit together almost as if they were recorded at the same time in same room and yet we are all thousands of miles away across the planet.

So come along and check out the work from the weekend at ImprovFriday.com. When you click on the top track on the playlist located mid-way down the page, an embedded site player will appear and play the whole list if you choose to and we hope you do. The event work is archived here for later listening should you see this blog post at some other future time. If you are a musician into creating work consider creating a profile and joining us each weekend.

Also please check out the YouTube video podcast series hosted by Paul H. Muller and myself [Jim Goodin], Words On New Music, reviewing and interviewing artists from ImprovFriday and beyond…



ImprovFriday 'Variations'

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

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

This weekend’s produced works…

Christina White – 1st time participant 

powderpuff variation

Norbert Oldani

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

Steve Layton

Bare Branches

Bouncie Variations

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

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

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

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

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

rain check

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

weird yogurt  Manipulated Nintendo DS/Korg DS-10 improvisation

Kavin Allenson

solipsism in 3 easy steps

Jesu variation

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström

Monotron Vari 01

Monotron Vari 02

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

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

Benjamin Smith




Richard Sanderson @ Linear Obsessional Recordings

Mouse Magnet (improvisation for amplified melodeon)

Steve Moshier @ stevemoshier.com

Reckless Heartthrob

Paul H. Muller – Ventura Contemporary Music

Drone for Church Organ

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

Jim Goodin @ Jim Goodin Bandcamp

Ten of Steel in Variation


Sargasso – Piece for Electro-Acoustic Guitar

Paul Hertz

The nones of March

Paul Hertz & Benjamin Smith (mix Steve Layton) 


Kawol Samarkand 

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

kawol at Yellow Vision, Tokyo – March 10, 2012

Kawol Samarkand (remastered by Steve Layton)

Town of Delusion

Chris Vaisvil @ www.chrisvaisvil.com

Prime Dimensioned

11 edo synthesizer improvisation   details are here

Wouldn’t You Know It

Shane Cadman & Kavin Allenson (mix Steve Layton)

A hui kaua

Bruce Hamilton @ brucehamilton.info


Shane W. Cadman @ illustriousmusic.com


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

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

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

See you next time…

A 'Look' about ImprovFriday

Photo by William Shannonhouse

Photography: William Shannonhouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Goodin

Parallel Lines – Music for Traveling, an ImprovFriday event

High Plains

High Plains

An amazing recorded and live music event was had this last weekend (June 23 – 25) over at ImprovFriday, the new music social community on the Ning network. The ‘thread event’ as it’s come to be known saw the creation of 43 new musical works by 25 regularly contributing ImprovFriday member artists and 4 live streaming video concerts by 5 member artists. With this WhatsNewAtImprovFriday edition I join Paul in doing some review commentary of the weekends event. In addition we are pleased to have guest commentary by fellow ImprovFriday member artist Chris Vaisvil.

First Paul’s comments…

As in weeks past, I’ve let the random number generator pick some of the pieces posted this week.  Lots of good things to hear!

Steve Layton 
- Playing Monomaze – Strong opening – almost Moshier-like – and then a sudden switch to something quiet and subdued.  Now a definite beat and electronica at 1:00.  Shots, explosions – game-like in a way; more JP Kervinen influence here.  A convincing game track.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece062411 – Lovely clarinet playing here – seems to rise out of the tuning of the band.  Some beautiful passage work.  Dark, mysterious – like being deep in the woods at night.  Well crafted.

Adam Kondor
BeginningOfTheEnd – All the way from Thailand, Adam is writing for a woodwind ensemble consisting of piccolo, oboe and clarinets.  Agile, bright sounds with darting movement and lots of fast runs and trills.  This will be a good workout for the players!  Lots and lots of what woodwinds do best.  Interesting harmonies and texture.  A work in progress, according to Adam.  

Steve Moshier
Glass Blizzard – Very evocative title.  High-pitched shards of sound but surrounded by warm moving tones and some gentle clanking.  Fairly tame for a Moshier – maybe next time we will get ‘Glass Storm’  :)

Joel Sutton
Escape by Train – Short staccato bursts – like telegraph code, accompanied by soft strings and a booming bass.  At 1:50 the telegraph doubles in speed, then returns to its original rate.  A sort of tension here – like we are waiting for the last train out.  Intriguing.

Jeff Fairbanks
hy – Dreamy, dance-like with a nice off-beat rhythm and floating passages. Develops nicely as layers of new sounds are added. Pleasantly addictive.

Steve Moyes
Ducktrain – Sounds more like a train than a duck…  Nice chimes.  Announcements, talking – a busy place!  Now a clarinet – the train seems to be moving.  Is that a duck call at 2:30?  More clarinet, voices – a strange trip!  

Peter Thörn
The Joy Of Travelling – Airport announcements – now I’m thinking there might be a bit of sarcasm in the title…  Point taken!

Norbert Oldani
Passacaglia #1 – Soft, gentle tones that drop off suddenly into distortion, then recur in a sort of pattern.  Goes through a series of registers and various processing levels.  A sort of ‘circle of fifths’ but in different tuning schemes, I think.  Instructive of the possibilities.

Jim Goodin – 
Trains (Soliloquy for Steve Moyes) – Love those violin loops!  A solitary sound, despite the several layers – the texture is consistant and in keeping with the title.  A feeling of stasis – waiting for a coming train, perhaps.  Restful and introspective, even a bit mournful – tried stretching a piece of this for a mix this week. 

Kavin Allenson
Slojourn – High plains music – you can feel the sky and endless horizon.  Evocative and reflective.

Chris Vaisvil
Seeing the Doctor – The voice of a hypnotist – we are learning how to relax.  Some ominous music builds underneath.  At 4:30 the voice becomes fully electronic and a steady beat builds.  At 5:00 we have vocal singing added.  By 6:00 it is straight-ahead with guitar and by 11:00 we are in full game mode.  A sense of being under anesthesia, I think.  Quite a trip – I’d hate to see the bill! 

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
The Giants Arduous Journey – Echoes of Wagner – Fafnir and Fasolt lumbering onto the stage to collect their loot!  Suitably ponerous and thunderous footsteps here – truly giant.  Very convincing!

Some Non-Random Thoughts – 

Thanks to Jeff Duke, Jim Goodin, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Steve Moyes for playing live for us this week – great job as always!

Congratulations to Steve Layton on his successful escape from Florida to Dallas. 

Good to see Adam Kondor and Ken Palmer back among us. 

Congratulations to Peter Thorn on his new album ‘In Touch’ on Alonetone.  If you are releasing a CD collection be sure to let us know! 

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the ImprovFriday Fund Raiser last week – we have made our goal and will be able to pay ning fees for 2012.

 Looking forward to a long weekend here in the US so bring your best to us next week!

Paul Muller

And as a special guest, review notes by ImprovFriday’s Chris Vaisvil.

Steve Layton
Playing Monomaze => this is such a trip – feel like I’m in a game.

J.C. Combs
Internal Excursion => I’m assuming Paul’s Extreme strech – very cool ambience.

Jérôme Poirier
#00CED1 => I like wide range of sounds you get out of your bass.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece062411 => an interesting collection of sounds – metallic and organic.

Kenneth Palmer
Imagination => this sound slike the title. Really an excellent dreamy

Adam Kondor
BeginningOfTheEnd => would be quite excellent performed by a flute choir.

Steve Moshier
Glass Blizzard => commented already – some very classic electronic sounds

Joel Sutton
Escape by Train => suspense!

Jeff Fairbanks
hy => enjoyed!

Steve Moyes
Ducktrain => cool soundscape.

Peter Thörn
The Joy Of Travelling => Nice field recording!

Norbert Oldani
Passacaglia #1 => using the ring modulator (it sounds like) was an excellent idea! – enjoyed!

Bruce Hamilton, Jon Bash, Kramer Elwell, Austin Richey, Todd Smith, Jordan Watson
mind-melds improv excerpt => sounds very advant guarde – which is great in my book!
mind-melds excerpt 2 => much of the same but the opening sound slike it is occuring at a carnival.

Richard Sanderson
Pivothowl => hard to say what I think of this because it is so far off the
beaten path – but in a good way. Is that guitar feedback – or are you makng your water pipes sing?
Trickleglint => mad accordian?

Paul Muller
Simple Piece for Two Pianos and Two Cellos => I can’t remember if I commented on this already or not – I will say I really enjoyed it.
High Plains Soliloquy (Feat. Jim Goodin) => excellent drone.

Jim Goodin
Trains (Soliloquy for Steve Moyes) => Is this violin through a looper pedal? Very cool idea / sound.
Parellel Lines => nice middle eastern flavors

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Jun.19.2011 => wow! this is excellent!! Drama, anger!
Ben.improv.Jun.20.2011 => very mysterious sounding.
Ben.improv.Jun.23.2011 => aggitated.

Kavin Allenson
Head West => this is really great! I love the very classic slide sound you
have here and the piece is very bluesy cool.
624Anum (feat. Chris Vaisvil) => thanks for adding me!
Slojourn => Nice combination of textures here. Is that violin over the guitar? Later on it sound like a ebow – I presume a looper composition.
IF624262010 (is this a unique piece or a part of soljourn?)

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Traveling String => very interesting collage
Finger Walking => obviously involves a steel string but I’m not sure what you are doing.
Forward => not sure if it is thunder or wind on a mic
Fetter Zither = This I quite enjoyed seeing how I also own a zither (which I assume you used)
summer cottage => I like this odd – prepared string instrument
The Giants Arduous Journey => really cool – I especially like the huge string sound.
Hy Slojourn (Feat. Jeff Duke & Jim Goodin, Jeff Fairbanks, Hussam Jefee, Kavin Allenson) => A nice journey!
Improvouting (Feat. Jérôme Poirier, Adam Kondor, Benjamin Smith) => spooky!
Galactic Trip (Feat. Steve Layton, J.C. Combs, Kenneth Palmer, Steve Moshier, Norbert Oldani) => my fav of the mashes.

And now my thoughts. Paul and I had some unforeseen crossover of tracks reviewed but naturally a mix of insights that hopefully will make for positive reads.

J.C. CombsInternal Excursion – thinking industrial and steam press, going through District 9 the first time and yet suddenly at Cannon Beach, wind and the waves late evening.

Chris VaisvilRoadie Demo – nice reflective melancholy excursion on new inspiration.

Roger SundstromHy Slojourn (Feat. Jeff Duke & Jim Goodin, Jeff Fairbanks, Hussam Jefee, Kavin Allenson) – Improvouting (Feat. Jérôme Poirier, Adam Kondor, Benjamin Smith) – Both wonderful evolving scapes like journeys through time, passages. Hy weaves from playful to solitary from circus to haunt. Improvouting grooves from lyrical exploring to wandering through an arcade near the boardwalk as a storm approaches. Great to have Adam return who is in this mash/mix.

Peter ThörnThe Joy of Traveling – The sense of being in Europe to an American who has never seen the continent, the sense of the travel the sense of confusion, the sense of commentary, all an interesting stretch of moment in the life aural snapshot of being in a traveling place and yikes our car might get towed! Nice environmental Peter.

Benjamin SmithBen.improv.Jun.23.2011 – pensive at first like dropping random yellow pigment on to the canvas as the pressure and intensity grow on the keys. Bartok grows to processed layerings of argeggiated lines and intense pounding clusters to maddening repetitive to stellar early morning quiet and the birds outside my window.

Chris VaisvilJust Zither Me – my fav of your mix, Chris. Organic, simple and letting the instrument carry you.

Roger “ErocNet” SundströmFinger Walking – Roger great texture, feeling of prepared not prepared. Evolves like traveling the fingerboard in an operative way, akin to tapping about looking under things, discovering sounds. Cool.

Kavin AllensonHead West – Kavin okay this one is on the money man, love it, you’re always on the money but this one is okay on the money. Resaonator or close, slippery slopes and the blues seeping out of the Mississippi or Rio Grande. Congrats on the ‘Best Guitarist’ category Kavin.

Norbert OldaniDense Forest Trip – Birds Chirp – (Mix of 3 tracks – all improvised using Reason) Dig the exploring Norbert. Wave forms from expansive to pointed droplets of rain. Nice expansive fat tones on the end. This is more vast in depth Norbert, nice piece.

Steve MoyesDucktrain – Inventive scape between the solitary reflective mournful zaphoon and the feeling of so many in a small space, traveling through memories, seeing Jude and Richard live on the stage finding the joy in the tragedy.

Paul MullerSimple Piece for Two Pianos and Two Cellos – Lovely and wonderful Paul. Haven’t heard you do thins in while though your new directions are great in ambient. Love the flav of this though.

Bruce Hamiltonmind-melds – improv excerpt featuring Bruce Hamilton, Jon Bash, Kramer Elwell, Austin Richey, Todd Smith and Jordan Watson. In preparation for a performance an alchemy of ideas emerge. Structure with freedom launches new vision. Reminds of Lee Noyes a bit Bruce. mind-melds excerpt 2 – A briefer statement from the same pre-performance session, ideas are jelling. Great mix of percussion and ice like tones like weaving through a clock shop, growing density in this. Like to hear the final on Sunday.

Ken PalmerImagination – Welcome back Ken! Man there is so much subtly in your work, particularly here. The clanging percussion like wind chime sounds floating over musicians wandering and settling in to an orchestra warming up. Spontaneous tuba sounds are the glue that binds in this.

Richard SandersonTrickleglint – Preparation of ideas, subtle tones and percussive hits as if playing a marimba with the hands. Your title reminds me of Robin Williamson for some reason.

Shane W. CadmanPiece062411 – Lots of mysterious color in this Shane. Impressive for junior high clarinet player(s), lovely color. I’m playing a bit these days after years of not, lots of great intrigue in the reedal tones as are rising here.

Hussam JefeeA State of Contemplation – Reflective blend of hand percussion, our and harmonic which drifts off nicely in the piece’s close. Hussam your our sound has a lovely authentic traditional indigenous sound.

Adam KondorBeginning of the End – Wow traveling in Thailand which I hope was wonderful Adam, I’ve often hoped to travel through South East Asia, but equally so we’ve missed you, great to have you back. Brings to mind Paul Hertz in these lines in your piece who we’ve not heard from in some time as well. Also feels delicate and takes on some of your ‘traveling’ influence from Thailand maybe. Welcome home and ‘home’ here in IF Adam.

Steve MoshierGlass Blizzard – Steve you have these cool sounds that you use throughout all the work I’ve heard you do, they are haunting and ghostlike, darting in and out in character, no less in Glass Blizzard and captures the sense of crystalline clear glass, as if sliding about in sock feet.

Joel SuttonEscape by Train – Traveling west as in looking for gold in another time. I hear the sound of geiger counters seeking signs of mineral deposits. Perhaps we are in a mine descending down perhaps we are on the moon, looking for lunar treasure. Nice feeling Joel.

Thai Electric by Adam Kondor

Thai Electric by Adam Kondor

Jeff Fairbankshy – Jeff you can’t write sad man, your pieces sound so darn happy and playful and that’s wonderful. Slightly novelty at times but joyfully with a big old smile as in this piece, sounds like we’re just off on a splendid adventure somewhere, full of all the good things. Cool beat and color.

Steve LaytonPlaying Monomaze – On leaving Florida perhaps. Nice explosive hits in this circled with sparkling synth cymbal like splashes indicating anticipating summer rains breaking the heat of west Texas. Maybe this piece has nothing to do with any of this but it’s cool and wishing you and the misses best in the new home of Dallas Steve.

Jerome Poririer#00CED1 – catchy title Jerome, dig it! Nice exploratory solo bass work, jacoesque clusters and tight twisted like notes at times. Would be cool to see you and Gerald take something like this and improvise off each other, would dig it. I like dig it.

Paul MullerHigh Plains Soliloquy – As the plains stretch across the heartland and the huge skies about so as a manipulated interpretation of my piece Trains (soliloquy for Steve Moyes) by Paul.

For Paul and I thanks for checking out this edition of WhatsNewAtImprovFriday with a rundown on the recent ImprovFriday music event. Remember to check out the ImprovFriday Radio Podcast series, member artist releases and all the goings-on on the ImprovFriday website where you can join us as either participating musician or listener. Special thanks to all the member artists who joined in the recent fundraiser to raise support for the upcoming year’s hosting services. Thanks to you we as a community have met the hosting fees for our ‘home’ for the next year, yey folks!

See you next time,

Jim & Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

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

Jim Goodin, Paul Muller
Jim’s 23d

Paul Muller
Prayer for Rosemarie

Shane W. Cadman

Jeff Fairbanks/Bruce Hamilton

Abysmal - Safe Package by J.C. Combs

Abysmal - Safe Package by J.C. Combs

J.C. Combs

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!


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




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 




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


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

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

We're off and running with another ImprovFriday 'thread'!

'Stumbled Upon' image, discovered by Lee Noyes

'Stumbled Upon' image, discovered by Lee Noyes

Welcome back to a ‘sooner than planned’ at least beginnings of another edition of WhatsNewAtImprovFriday. This publishing to announce the opening hours of this weekends event thread, begun @4pm PST Thursday afternoon February 10, 2011. A few pieces have been posted that are leading into another weekend of stellar inspired music from the creatives who gather each beginning weekend around this time and form the inner core of the ImprovFriday community of artists.

The trax represented so far along with a few comments by me…

Bruce Hamilton


hoomz – …especially nice feeling. It has a subtle quirkiness that I’ve come to known in your pieces but a great sense of peacefulness in this one all around it, sort the ‘Tim Story’ thing I referenced in somebody (forgive my recollection right now) else’s work last weekend. Might be interesting to hear this piece and Paul’s spin on my piece mashed, Professor Steve maybe?

Kenneth Palmer

Pianoisms – A sporatic erratic scurry in this along with it’s ‘Saturday afternoon matinee’ ambience in the score.

Benjamin Smith

Ben.improv.Feb.7.2011.a – Ben the more I hear from you the more I hear bits of Monk going on in your playing and composing and improv all in a very modern way as this.

Chris Vaisvil

Some Time Alone – Chris there is a real ‘western swing’ weirdness in this that’s really cool among other influence. Like the later on improv that is kind of floating over a pedal tone. Good exploring of this ‘prepared’ approach.

Bowed Psaltry by Chris Vaisvil

Bowed Psaltry by Chris Vaisvil

Here is just the audio

drawn out misery

Norbert Oldani

PianoImpro of Two Motives – An opening heaviness and exploring in the spontaneous chord clusters in this both suggests visions to me of a music department head prof I had my freshman year as well as evolves to some really interesting lines with a great ending cluster, nice improv sir!

Akai Chorus – nice core feel in this. a limerick for a remix by Paul I think…

Kavin Allenson

Jimmy Page on a serious downer jag (feat. Angie Fights Crime-drums)


radio tubes – Really enjoyed all three of these Kavin, particularly the ‘Jimmy…’ like jam and Radio Tubes is brilliant!

Benjamin Smith


Paul Muller

Variations On Bird By Bird – Paul I’m honor’d how much you liked my piece and really like this sense of ambient minimalist melody going on in your orchestration/variations. Would be interesting to see your ‘scoring’ of this. Really loving floating piece in your own right.

Norbert Dreams (feat. Jim Goodin, Norbert Oldani)

Steve Moshier

Switchblade Eyes – Steve you get this whole spirits and ghost like things going on in your pieces that’s really neat. This one no less, thinking Jurasic Park all the way through this.

Drifting – Like the sun drifting over and down over PCH out to the Pacific…

Lee Noyes

Everything But Slowly The Opposite Of Music Is A Froth Of Stars – Tremendous title along with the ‘stumbled upon’ image posted on the blog here. Lee it is both like ‘froth’, things boiling and steaming, radio telescope sounds and a great sense of ‘you’!

Jérôme Poirier

Nianis ad Dusk – Of things buzzed and the stooges…

Noizeg as Totk

Noyred at Hert – Excellent exploring in directions of this nature. Reminds me of exercises my voice teacher is having me do for ‘opening up’. These are like a ‘curve’, buzzing, organic voice effects and vocalizations. Keep going j-man.

Richard Sanderson


Steve Moyes


Shane W. Cadman


Roger “ErocNet” Sundström

Involuntary Guitarist

Ebow Whale

Jeff Fairbanks

Ralf und Florian

Steve Layton

Urban Shaman (feat. Kavin Allenson, Benjamin Smith, Ken Palmer, Bruce Hamilton)

Aguirre (feat. Richard Sanderson, Lee Noyes, Roger Sundström, Jérôme Poirier x 3)

James Ross

Field II

Rescued and Defretted by Peter Thörn

Rescued and Defretted by Peter Thörn

Jim Goodin

Wayfaring Stranger

Peter Thörn

Bedroom Guitarist

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

Bulk Finger

A ‘mash’ of James Ross, Peter Thörn, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström and Steve Moshier

Glass Menagerie – I often think about ‘mashes’ and admire those orchestrated by Steve, Paul, Roger, Adam and others, occasionally have done the large mass canvas but have not done as many selective. In sort of at a pause in generating of another of my own right now after listening to Peter’s rebirth I thought of James subtle ambience and immediately felt they should be mashed. Along the way Roger’s fit nicely and Steve’s Drifting as it did so well takes us out with the tide.

Steve Layton
[comments from Steve on these two films and scores… Not “officially” part of this week’s event, I wanted to make sure to share two videos I made this week… Both use early direct-to-film animations by Harry Smith (1923-1991), and with each I simply mashed them with a track from our 2010 sessions:]

– Really enjoyed both Steve. Good ideas and work and Harry’s images remind me as posted in a comment of a sense of antiquity as well as age of modernism. Maybe it’s stop motion effect not sure but couldn’t help but on seeing the imagery thinking of ‘Forbidden Planet’.

Excellent video and score by Glenn Weyant collective inspired by tucson mountain chaos featuring: viola, piano, bells, metal, clarinet, wood and instruments of original design.

So as the weekend ImprovFriday event moves on, come join us and open your ears! I’ll update this edition as the thread develops. Stay tuned!


Jim Goodin - WhatsNewAtImprovFriday.wordpress.com

Jim Goodin - WhatsNewAtImprovFriday.wordpress.com

eBow'd dulcimer, Perc ++ and Paul Is Back! – a World of ImprovFriday

Wow what a thread this past weekend (February 3 – 5, 2011) on the ImprovFriday music event! It’s called a ‘thread’ both in the traditional Internet forum sense whereby it’s continued discussions all connected and on the same bridge of thought/interest, and in the case of our community it’s tying a series of musical pieces all created in the 2 plus days together.

Tools of IF member, Richard Sanderson

Tools of IF member, Richard Sanderson

This blog was created initially to be a mini-review/commentary posting on the compositions made each weekend thread event but due to the incredible volume of material created (always a tremendous positive to the success of this community), it’s become difficult for me to cover everything and get it posted. Early on ImprovFriday member Paul Muller and I were doing the blog in tandem. Due to Paul’s commitments it drifted to me but I’m pleased to welcome Paul back for this edition with several comments drawn from the recent thread. Additionally I have posted a few this time and between us I’m pleased to say we’ve reviewed at least one work by each participating artist this time. As always links (blue font of each song title) to the MP3 audio file are provided for each work so you may listen or download.

Lee Noyes in Performance at Radio Cegeste - DPAG

A note from Paul in fact about how he selected pieces to review this weekend.

‘I’ve been wanting to get back to making some comments on the weekly pieces but we are producing so much good material it is difficult to do it comprehensively :=) So I’m trying random selections this week.

That’s right – I used a random number generator to create a table of random numbers 1 to 50. I then listened to the Saturday 2-5-11 front page IF list in that order (skipping duplications) for about an hour.’ [editor’s note: The selections reviewed by Paul are tagged as are mine.]

Hand Organ or Dulicmer and Violin

Hand Organ or Dulicmer and Violin

Chris Vaisvil

Bowed Hammer Duclimer With Slide and Some Vocal

ebowed, bowed, and hammmered hammer dulcimer

Various Hammer Dulcimer => titled “The Furnace Turns On – Sorry”

finger picked and slide used on hammer dulcimer – Love the lap dulcimer from my Mountain View days. Chris nice exploring in all these particularly this one that borders eastern world at times both the ‘Far’ and India with sounds of the sympathetic strings of the sitar and at times well taking me back to the square in Mountain View. – Jim.

(viola bow) Bowed Hammer Dulcimer

pathetic flute work

in harmonica’s way

Kid’s Garage Band in 17 Equal

Beauty of Embers

Disfunctional – Nice deep piano intro, now some rock guitar – percussion. A smoothly flowing piece – the piano line gets your attention and keeps things moving forward. Could be background for film or TV. Cool ending. – Paul.

Steve Layton

Weather in the Interior (feat. Lee Noyes, Adam Kondor, Ken Palmer, Timo Tuhkanen, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Paul Muller, Steve Moshier)

It passed right through me (feat. Kavin Allenson, Gérald DeGroote, Chris Vaisvil, Jeff Fairbanks) – Love this title and mood Steve. Excellent mash that’s right in the vogue of Twilight Zone, It Came from Outer Space and Stephen King! Great crew in this one with Kavin and Chris’s organic and Gerald and Jeff’s playful colours. – Jim.

The indigo passage (feat. Roger Sundström x 2, Benjamin Smith, Timo Tuhkanen, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Shane Cadman)

The indigo passage (feat. Roger Sundström x 2, Benjamin Smith, Timo Tuhkanen, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Shane Cadman)

Dissonance Royal Traveler (feat. Andy McCance, Jérôme Poirier, Barbara Guest)

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sunn (feat. Steve Moyes, Kavin Allenson, Johnny & Faith, Shane Cadman) – Drifting through a chasm of light in psychedelic display. – Jim.

The Dalek Strut (feat. Timo Tuhkanen, Benjamin Smith, Norbert Oldani)

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström

Brattling – Iceberg breaking and continental drift amidst. Sounds of steam and things breaking away. Feels a bit of a sleeping giant. – Jim.


Winter Ghost

Portrait of Lean North Ghost (feat. Jérôme Poirier, Steve Moyes, Richard Sanderson)

Subsistence (feat. Jeff Fairbanks, Johnny & Faith, Jérôme Poirier)

Kavin Allenson

What Do You See?

prehensile amoeba thumbtack – Well I gotta comment on this one just for the title Kavin. Heavy reverberant metallic electric here that sounds really cool, vintage and foreign at the same time. Cool scale throughout in the lines. – Jim.

Desobering Mexico (feat. Jim Goodin, Lee Noyes, Jerome Poirier, Richard Sanderson) – Well I have to comment on this one to at the least say thank you for responding to my work that was done now 4 years ago, I’m flattered. This was one of my first experiences with both fretless guitar and looping. Without sounding to ‘self-involved’ I like the organic contrasts brought to the mash with the spacial of Lee, Jerome and Richard. Really flattered you used ‘Mexico’ as a foundation. – Jim.

The Dalek Strut (feat. Timo Tuhkanen, Benjamin Smith, Norbert Oldani)

Benjamin Smith


Ben.improv.Jan.30.2011 – Sounds FM in tone Ben and like a captured giant creature weaving it’s neck in chaotic norm. A great groove in your lines nonetheless and your usual intensity that sings! – Jim.


Richard Sanderson

Solaced (Feat. Tuhkanen/Kervinen, Jeff Duke, Lee Noyes)

Holes In The Map – Tremendous subtleness in your work Richard and yet well connected tonality from space to space. Cool doploristic effect early on in the piece. I can see how your work, Lee and Jerome’s balances so well, I think of all three of you in this piece. – Jim.

Holes in the Nothing


AMR #1 (Lenin) – We are in a subterranean tunnel of some kind – a dull banging and movement in the background. A sort of motion is suggested by low tones and hums with a high pitch barely audible sneaking in and out – all of this produces a definite sense of tension. All of the sounds here are very delicate – never overpowering – yet subltly effective in building the mood. – Paul.

AMR #2 (Karl)

AMR #3 (Rosa)

Adam Kondor

Thurman&Vajda – Adam yey! You have returned to the fold. We have missed you and welcome home. You come up with the greatest commentary man, spoken word here and even what I can’t understand just flows. Nice ending with the bell as well. Don’t leave us. – Jim.

Double Duo – for Mel Powell

Rituel (feat. Ben Smith, Jeff Duke)


Doux Méandres – Paul Horn and memories of something I did a bunch of years ago when I first discovered ‘tape echo’ and with ‘tape’. Lovely echoing Gerald. Does remind me of those Paul Horn recordings in the Taj Mahal. – Jim.

North Bis   (feat. Richard Sanderson, Gérald DeGroote) – North Bis (feat. Richard Sanderson, Gerald DeGroote) – Low bass provides a solid foundation for a series of high, flashing sounds that weave in and out. Good use of edgy squeals and pitches here that contrast nicely with the bass line. Good to have Gerald back at IF! – Paul.

Pointblank II(featuring Steve Moshier & Gérald DeGroote)

Norbert Oldani

Dream On

Chorus for Women – Madrigal and nice and arranging Norbert. Though synth patch I assume almost real in the feel. – Jim.

Perc ++ – Highly stacatto percussion sounds with different pitches and speeds. Game-like at times. Interesting sounds but a bit short 🙂 – Paul.

Bruce Hamilton LIVE at Mini-Fest

Bruce Hamilton LIVE at Mini-Fest

Bruce Hamilton

hamp (feat. Paul Muller, Kenneth Palmer, Bruce Hamilton)

wobes (calling you) – Really fat patches Bruce that’s making me think of Keith Emerson and Pictures… at times in this. Like the concluding moments. – Jim.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen


Subsistence (feat. Jeff Fairbanks, Johnny & Faith, Jérôme Poirier) – Wonderful mash Jukka! Like the angelic voicing going on with the emerging noise filtering mid-way and then the evolving to more mystical place, breaths against the almost carosel Cirque du Solei feel at end. – Jim.

Paul H. Muller

Long Key String – Just something very positive and whole in your pieces Paul. There’s some of the early Windham Hill days of Tim Story who I always thought was a very understated artist in Will’s early catalog and then there is more range of color than that. Your church and classical music love shine through and that’s true here. – Jim.

Ben & Ken (feat. Benjamin Smith, Ken Palmer)

Andrew McCance

IF – Staccato in the Pub

IF – Impatient – Andy beautiful piece and lovely touch. Sounds like you are of all the patience in the world really at least in the opening moments then it becomes a bit more edgee but that’s contrast and dig it! – Jim.

Ken Ficara

Moi – I’m now thinking what a cool mash it would have been between Gerald’s Paul Hornish piece previously noted and your piece here Ken, a thought for this next week. Tones really hang here. Wonder what all you have going on with your instruments? Delta feel in the later part, digging it! – Jim.

Enough About Moi – Good use of harmonica here (I wish we heard more harmonica). Produces an intriguing ambience. The texture builds interestingly with a series of overlapping trills. Like the recorder, the harmonica seems to be one of those over-looked instruments that can produce serious music in the right hands… – Paul.

Jeff Duke

Naive Prepared Piano – John C would have dug it Jeff. Got a feeling this is all software driven as you’ve been digging some new tools. Good space in here that could make Mr Noyes proud and speaking of… – Jim.

Lee Noyes & Radio Cegeste - DPAG

Lee Noyes & Radio Cegeste - DPAG

Lee Noyes

ProsocheAttention / mindfulness according to the Web and I would say very true here as the water flows from trickle to flowing to space to wading about. I remember a drainage ditch near my house where I grew up and I would go play there. In those days it wasn’t so polluted and it was really a concrete type of reservoir sort of a mini waterway canal like they have in LA. Anyhow reminds me of that as well as going down in to the storm cellar that we had but I digress. Distant musicality appearance of the wind instrument is welcome dimension, man Lee we need cameras here to see you at work. – Jim.

Jérôme Poirier

Portrait of Plastic and Wooden Pearls – Though seemingly acoustic sounds here I can also hear it as ‘noise filtering’ in to percussive patches. Nicely woven together as you ‘paint’ Jerome. Wooden Pearls wooden nickel, wonder… – Jim.

Shane W. Cadman

Piece020411 – Glasslike and angular, guitarlike in nature and maybe it is but thinking keyboard and patches. Regardless remniscent of earthy rock guitar and world colors at the same time. – Jim.

Andrew McCance & Mel Powell (mix. Adam Kondor)

Beginning of a Sonata

Richard Sanderson


Paul Hertz

The Climb Above Freezing – Nice evolution in this one Paul. Starts out your ethereal present halls of the church sound but compositionally and tonally moves through modern playful at times sounds. Nice airy ending high note. – Jim.

Steve Moyes

Lean – Low droning reminds one of a large animal or big machine – lovely pitches mixing down there! Now a series of high and mid-range pitches enter providing a bit of light. The sounds becomes richer at 3:30 – nice music here. More desolate now at 4:30… Interesting flute sounds at 5:40 – a kind of high chattering at 6:30. The low drones seem to shadow each change in the texture creating an ominous foundation throughout. Well crafted! – Paul.

Steve Moshier and Liguid Skin LIVE

Steve Moshier and Liguid Skin LIVE

Steve Moshier
55 Days in Peking – More full-on Moshier. Fills the senses with moving sounds and chords – Moshier always paints a vivid picture. I tried to mix something using this but this Steve’s work is generally so complete and self-contained I have yet to succeed. – Paul.

Kenneth Palmer

Egyptian Two Step – As JC has pointed out, something of a milestone work for our friend from St. Louis. Incorporating the sounds and events in Egypt this past week this piece reproduces the uneasiness we are all feeling as we watch the news. Along with Adam and others, the political dimension here lately makes for facinating listening. – Paul.

Jeff Fairbanks

zo vo – Great vocal treatment here set against a conventional background. Very cool sounds! Too short – more would have been better 🙂 – Paul.
Johnny & Faith

Strange Eon Drive One – Well crafted angelic opening that rises up like a spring from the ground, then drifts on to subtle demonic voices surfacing in the score and they drift out as the piece moves akin to a space probe in search of discovery. – Jim.

Jim Goodin

Bird by Bird Fly (Again


Timo Tuhkanen

still born – Wonderful rising tone mixed with beeps and burbles. We are on some sort of cosmic elevator, the floors are flying by… Now we are in orbit trying to call home with a dial-up modem. The pitch is descending now, we are coming back – a sort of lonely feeling here. The sudden ending makes the point… – Paul.

[editor’s note – further words from Paul captured from a blog posted on ImprovFriday.]

In Addition –

Thanks to Bruce Hamilton and Steve Layton for using my Long Key String in their mashups.

Good to have Adam back from the political barricades in Budapest. Nice to have Gerald back as well.

Hope JC is feeling better after his encounter with the bubble ball.

And a Few Favorites –

Everything I heard this week is of very high quality. And here are some that I thought were especially good. Keep in mind I am not listening to everything – and I have certain tastes – but these seemed to speak to me this week.

Jim Goodin – Bird by Bird Fly (Again) – A beautiful work – makes perfect use of the materials. Captures mid-winter exactly. A really fine piece!

Norbert Oldani – <a href="“>Dream On – Another in a series incorporating the spoken word (thanks Adam!). I thought the background here was perfectly chosen and the text poetic and meaningful.

Ben Smith – Improv Jan 31 2011.2 – Another great piano solo in that spare, almost European style we hear from Ben every so often. Cried out for a mix – so I did one 🙂 – Paul

ImprovFriday Radio

ImprovFriday Radio

So that’s it for this weekend. A few reminders, check out the ImprovFriday Radio podcast series at the noted hyperlink in blue, come visit us at our ImprovFriday homepage at ImprovFriday.Ning.com and information about the ImprovFriday Vol I and II CD releases is available at Amaranth Records. Additionally there is some interesting work being posted in between weekend events on the ImprovFriday Afterhours page on Facebook. Search us to check out.


Jim and Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller