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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Farewell Old Friend - Kopi by James Ross
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Pipe Organ Study
Storm in Brooklyn
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