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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

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

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 РFeaturing Vincent Poirier & J̩r̫me Poirier-2x, Peter Th̦rn, Kavin Allenson, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, others and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) РFrenetic with a feeling of alt-jazz foundation and cool noisefloor. Crash cymbals are nice teather in this mash and growing edgy guitar as well. РJim

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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The Tractor Starts, Sputters, Stops and You Might Catch a Fainting Spell, All on ImprovFriday!

Welcome to the WhatsNewAtImProvFriday blog edition for the weekend ImprovFriday music review for September 23 – 25.

What is ImprovFriday you may ask if you just happened to find this blog in crawl? Well, it’s a gathering on the Internet where 35-40 like-minded artists gather each weekend and produce musical pieces under Creative Commons for what is called the ImprovFriday open-call thread event. Those pieces are either in their entirety or as remix/mashed posted for public hearing on the ImprovFriday website the week following the weekend event.

The music is experimental, sometimes free in feel and form, sometimes ‘song oriented’ and ‘structured,’ but always innovatively creative and what for the current times is coming to be known as ‘New Music’.

WhatsNewAtImProFriday is hosted by Paul Muller and myself [Jim Goodin], both a part of the ImprovFriday community. We generally, when time allows, do reviews of all the tremendous works submitted in tandem. However, for this edition I tip my hat to Paul and post the works he was able to review. My time was more pulled for other projects so for this one I have focused on the production and some of the included imagery, something new I’m including in the posts. With this week’s blog the photos are from ImprovFriday members Michael Mjollnir, J.C. Combs, Paul Muller, Dave Seidel, Kavin Allenson, Adam Kondor and myself.

 

Along the Way by Michael Mjollnir

Along the Way by Michael Mjollnir

 

As has been our tradition following the reviews you will find links to Paul’s and my pieces that we submitted to the event. So read on for Mr. Paul Muller’s reviews…

Alex Carpenter – first-time IF contributor
Fainting Spell (After Ingvar Loco Nordin) – Beautiful playing and the delay adds nicely to the light, airy texture. (Gotta say I was going for something similar with my music box piece.) I’m a big fan of this sort of music – Richard Lainhart, James Ross – good to have another artist at IF working the same side of this street. – Paul.

Paul Bailey
Real Imitation (in C minor) – Good process development here builds on the simple materials. Mozart meets Reich. Well-conceived. – Paul.

 

Paul Bailey and Shane Cadman, IF West by Paul Muller

Paul Bailey and Shane Cadman, IF West by Paul Muller

 

Chris Becker
T – Some Jukka-Pekka Kervinen influence here and also Lee Noyes. A series of free, pure tones connected by electronica, sputtering and scratches. A strong beat now at 2:30 brings some order to the proceedings. The tones form into a series of chords and the electronica acts almost as a bass line. Slow fade out – nice. – Paul.

Peter Thörn
Allis – The tractor starts, sputters, stops… and finally catches. A great rumbling sound from the engine and it drives off. Interesting snippet of rural Sweden – not so different from here. – Paul.

Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead
Trip Back – More sophisticated vocalizing from Alexandra – followed by some great arcing notes – all accompanied by what sounds to be water flowing and some mechanical sounds. Good to hear Alexandra again. – Paul.

Jérôme Poirier
Portrait of the 23rd fair ‘Les Cinglés du Cinéma’ – Electronic rumbling and voices – we’re discussing movies? Sounds as if we are in the projection booth of the cinema. – Paul.

Diek
Distant Sun – Ambient space music – very warm and musical and, well, sunny. Really enjoyed this. Well-crafted. – Paul.

 

Not So Apocalyptic Garage by Dave Seidel

Not So Apocalyptic Garage by Dave Seidel

 

iriXx
IF25 – Strong percussive beat – now a voice. Now the beat is very strong – like a series of explosions. A powerful question asked in a powerful way. – Paul.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.Improv.Sep.22.2010 – Ben playing an organ here – change of pace. Rapid playing gives the feeling that life is just slightly out of control. Ending with the descending notes adds to the mood – and then the sudden stop. – Paul.

 

Subway Stop, Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

Subway Stop, Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

 

James Ross
Outer Gas Giants – The tones here are a bit more spare than we are accustomed to from James. Like we are in a sunken church. The effect is one of emptiness as in deep space. Also a sense of remoteness and loneliness. – Paul.

Paul Hertz
Out of Spright – Spritely notes fly from the keyboard – nicely syncopated. Fine sequence of layers at 1:20. Lots of different stops in use – nifty ending. – Paul.

Shane Cadman
Piece092410 – Some great processing here – the xaphoon voice becomes almost whale-like with low, sorrowful moans. Solemn and somber feel to this. – Paul.

Kenneth Palmer
Life In America – Interesting commentary – and a mash is something we rarely hear from Ken. Loud, confused voices backed by rock and roll. The volume climbs as the piece progresses and at one point we lose all intelligibility. Life in America is overwhelming. – Paul.

Steve Moyes
Serious – Yikes! Loud, almost painful sounds stab at the ear. A rhythm develops – and a sort of pattern to the pitches. After a bit of listening a melody can be made out. A triumph of seriously angry sounds. – Paul.

Norbert Oldani
Piano Improvisation
– Piano Improvisation – Wonderful solo piano piece – by turns haunting, mysterious then sad and melancholy. – Paul.

 

Epilogue by J.C. Combs

Epilogue by J.C. Combs

 

J.C. Combs
Transparent Ballad – Nice combination of piano and guitar. Deep and dark sounding – as if we are outside at night. – Paul.

Bruce Hamilton
Chunka – Featuring Kavin Allenson, Norbert Oldani, Roger Sundström and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Quiet opening leads directly to processed sounds and voices. By 1:20 a sort of harmony is established by the buzzing sounds and they are joined by Norbert’s haunting piano melody again. The finish brings all the pieces together. Nicely done! – Paul.

Chris Vaisvil
I Forgot The Name – “Hello ImprovFriday!” Some strong playing here – good beat and familiar-sounding chords. – Paul.

Kavin Allenson
Statesboro РFeaturing Hentai Improvising Orchestra, Peter Th̦rn, David Bromberg and Kavin Allenson (contributing artist/mixer/masher) РA buzzing, rushing sound like a million bees underneath some country vocals. Guitar sounds. Effectively surreal. РPaul.

 

From the Floor by Kavin Allenson

From the Floor by Kavin Allenson

 

Adam Kondor
Polyrhythmic-Polymodal – Featuring Paul Bailey, Paul Muller, Norbert Oldani, Benjamin Smith and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A fine combination of keyboard, organ and music box to start – with a definite groove, in fact it almost swings. Good selection of pieces. – Paul.

 

Wall of Potential Sound by Adam Kondor

Wall of Potential Sound by Adam Kondor

 

Norbert Oldani & Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Romantic Polishing – Norbert’s fine piano solo opens against a distant background drone heightening the sense of melancholy. Good piece. – Paul.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Canvas #1 – A lovely, sustained metallic ringing accompanied by some deep lower tones. Like looking at a deep chasm at night. – Paul.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Glass Forgeries – Featuring Shane Cadman, Diek and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Interesting mix of Shane’s busy processed sound and Diek’s warm, open tones. The xaphoon adds a distinctly mournful touch – (I had the same idea with Norbert’s piece.) Another excellent choice of pieces to mash. – Paul.

Steve Layton
Abrasion – Rough sounding series of sputtering tones – like a balky lawnmower. Builds in intensity. Nothing smooth about it! – Paul.

 

Barmitzvah by Jim Goodin

Barmitzvah by Jim Goodin

 

The musical works of Paul and myself from the weekend event…

Paul Muller
Light Rain
The Xaphoon Cries – Featuring Shane Cadman & Norbert Oldani and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher)
Distant Sunz – Featuring Diek x2 and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher)

Jim Goodin
Something for the Thread
Floating in a Bottle on a Rocky Sea

That’s it for this week’s WhatsNewAtImProvFriday a look at some of the musical work done by the ImprovFriday member artists for September 23 – 25. Our apologies to those artists we could not get to as well as those who we had to limit to select track reviews. As the thread grows it has become more challenging to our schedules to cover all but we try to give as much attention as possible.

Be sure and catch the ImprovFriday Radio podcast series located on your URL dial at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com as well as searchable in iTunes. The current episode hosted by Paul looks at the mix and mash work of J.C. Combs, Bruce Hamilton and Adam Kondor from the ImprovFriday community. To learn more about ImprovFriday visit us on the Ning network at http://improvfriday.ning.com. Thanks for reading, listening and following our blog and until next time, keep your ears, minds and hearts open to all the wonderful music out there in our big worldwide web!

Best,

Jim and Paul

 

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

 

 

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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 РFeaturing Shane W. Cadman, Bruce Hamilton and J̩r̫me Poirier(contributing artist/mixer/masher) РGreat combination of pieces Рsome good pitch bending here. A fine mix. РPaul.

Enthalpy of Sublimation РFeaturing Kavin Allenson, Steve Layton and J̩r̫me Poirier(contributing artist/mixer/masher) РInteresting color and in dissonance in horn orchestration with electronica and percussive sounds scurrying about like bees. РJim.

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 РFeaturing Peter Th̦rn, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Lee Noyes and Jeff Fairbanks (contributing artist/mixer/masher) РLovely ambient background sounds underneath a strong accordion melody. Good combination of pieces. РPaul. Particularly like the acoustic part in this, tambura like, very pure. РJim.

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 РFeaturing Peter Th̦rn, Lee Noyes and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) РAs 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. РJim.

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.

A 'Gathering' of it's Own – ImprovFriday

Welcome to this week’s edition of WhatsNewAtImProvFriday with a look back at the work created by ImprovFriday member artists the weekend of September 9 – 11, 2010. ImprovFriday member Paul Muller and myself [Jim Goodin] review the published work created each weekend known as the ImprovFriday event thread. We try to each review most or all of the contributed work. The bulk of the reviews this week are by Paul as I had too many agendas and did not get to review as much of the thread as I normally do.

In addition to the individual work and mash’s I would like to mention that two ImprovFriday members James Ross and yours truly went full circle from only knowing of each other virtually to discovering we both lived in Brooklyn, officially meeting last month at the Alex Carpenter/James Ross/Michael Vincent Waller New York area live show and ImprovFriday video webcast. We then decided to meet recently and improvise music together at my apartment in Brooklyn. Three pieces I edited from the jam and included in the weekend event thread. Paul was nice enough to include in his rundown, appreciated sir.

Another unique interaction that was submitted for the recent thread was the inclusion of a field recording by member Steve Moyes who lives in England. This particular recording which leads off the thread is from an annual meeting of an ongoing improvisational event known as ‘The Gathering‘ where musicians, singers, dancers and just about creative medium represented gather together and spontaneously interact in their chosen art together.

And now the reviews…

The Gathering
The Gathering in Cymru – with musical instruments – Featuring Maggie Nicols, Phil Hargreaves, Agnes Hay, David Perreko,David Paredes, Ricardo Marichall, Shirley Hall, Shellbell, Delyth Jones and Steve Moyes (performing artist and field recordist) – The sounds of a family gathering – with musical instruments. Very lively, nice clarinet, drum, piano and bass playing. Great vocals at 3:30. Sounds like a fun time. Paul. You enter a room, say nothing and begin to play at your instrument, sing, dance, improvise in some creative way. Others may be in motion already ‘creating’ so you respond to them. There is no structure no clear beginning or ending, this is the concept observed as the Editor’s note describes. This meeting of these musicians/performers was from the recent annual meeting. Spontaneous and spectacular… Jim. [Editor’s note – This session is a field recording captured live in Wales at the annual celebratory event know simply as ‘The Gathering’. A weekly version of ‘The Gathering’ happens in London.]

Charles A. Turner
Mutable Morning Mashup – Quiet, mysterious. Lovely chimes playing – then we are walking outside. More mystery, chimes and sweet string playing. Nice to hear from you again Charles. – Paul.

Lee Noyes and Adam Kondor
Etude – Featuring Adam Kondor and Lee Noyes – 11 IX 10 – Fun guys! Sort of chipmunk voices from a few weeks ago buried in there somewhere. Electronic manipulations with Lee ‘keeping time’ in a sense. Seeing images of a roller ball appearing amongst the squeaky wheel textures as the piece grows. chipmunk voices reappear but now remind me of Moshier’s ghost patch from couple months back. Boy do I have a vivid imagination! – Jim.

James Ross and Jim Goodin
Forging the Anvil – Featuring James Ross (guitar/loops/efx) and Jim Goodin (oud/efx/loops) – Jim is the hammer and James provides a beautiful background. An Asian feel to this. Good balance. – Paul.

Driving the Arrow through the Reef – Featuring James Ross (guitar/efx/loops) and Jim Goodin (oud/efx/loops) – A more amorphous texture against which Jim’s strumming is very effective at 0:45. Too short! – Paul.

Four Tales Four Truths – Featuring James Ross (guitar/efx/loops) and Jim Goodin (violin/efx) – The violin blends more into the texture here but emerges to provide a clear voice. Great pedal tone at 3:00. The violin is a great addition to James’ fine playing – I hope we will hear more. – Paul.

Michael Mjollnir
Ayahuasca – Sounds bigger than life in a way. Tremendous match with a sound of a tribal marching foundation about the electronica, somewhat moogish, somewhat ‘jukkaish’ Michael. Nice evolution in the melody line moving in and out of the rhythm. Nice thick ending pulse. – Jim.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Sep.9.2010 – Quiet, introspective then turns questioning with a series of dissonances. – Paul.

Ben.improv.Sep.11.2010 – Series of descending riffs, rumbling in the lower registers – a sort of musical approximation of collapse – held together by light airy notes. Very evocative of events on this date. – Paul.

Vincent Poirier and Jérôme Poirier
Enchanté – Lively singing and guitar strumming here. Reminds me a little of Alexandra’s pieces. Settles nicely at 4:00 with some sweet sounds. Who is the female singer? She is very good… – Paul.

Jeff Fairbanks
Ao – Exotic mix of bells and percussion. Fine repeating melody line 🙂 Has a nice groove going – too short! – Paul.

Peter Thörn
Boredom – Light solitary mechanical sounds, then some whirring – a likeable sound of precision. – Paul.

Knight Crossing РFeaturing Chris Vaisvil and Peter Th̦rn (contributing artist/mixer/masher) РTrain crossing! Very close by Рthe trains must be passing over the microphone. The accompaniment adds to the ominous feel. Bells, horns Рeverything is telling me to step back! This piece gets the adrenalin moving. РPaul.

Mothers Out For Lunch – I’ve seen the photos but the sounds are amazing. Doesn’t do much for my appetite, I’m afraid… – Paul.

In Focus – Pretty interesting Peter. Really well recorded shutter and ‘motor drive’. The recoil sound wondering where that fits in the mix but it’s interesting it’s like reflected light coming back to the lens with the captured image. – Jim.

Kenneth Palmer
In The Flow – Active and engaging. Nice low bass and keyboard melody. Lively beat going here. – Paul.

Little Dragon – Another video this week! Congratulations for trying this – always seems like a lot of extra work. Clever puppetry there. Watching, you are not aware of the music – which means it is just right and serves the story being told. Nicely done. – Paul.

Chris Vaisvil
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10425628/mandolin20100908-r-only.mp3 – Nice solo playing. Clean sound – slow and serene. – Paul.

Make a Psaltry – Two voices – outside? Sounds like rocks moving. Very informative. Trying to buy some parts… but no luck. – Paul.

Playing with Tuning the Pairs of Strings Differently and Then Slowe… – Nice deep tones here. The tuning creates some beating between notes – cool. – Paul.

Straight Mandolin in a Minor Open Tuning and the Neighbor’s Dog Sin… – Good strumming – a sad tune. – Paul.

Playing with a Different Tuning and then Effects Added. My Least Fa… – The added effects create a pleasantly dense texture. – Paul.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Vocal – Great vocal effects here – an alien feel to this. A sort of 50s science fiction atmosphere – very nice. – Paul.

SAZamanaZ – Cool groove going on. Some slick playing at 2:15. – Paul.

Cam Pop – Echoes a piece Steve Moyes did to me strangely called Mrs. Bridges from a ‘recycled’ record I produced. Feels nicely minimalistic and using what you have on hand. Fingersnap in color as well. – Jim.

David John Baer McNicholas
Rating Year and Title – Some tight playing here. Strumming is almost percussive. Effective even over a limited range. – Paul.

Bruce Hamilton
Still New – Featuring Tasha Warren and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Interesting spinning sounds followed by clarinet tones – lovely playing. Dynamics are effective here. Good mix of processed sound and straight instrument sounds. – Paul.

Says They – Featuring Shane Cadman, JP Kervinen, Adam Kondor, Paul Muller, Ben Smith, Chris Vaisvil and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Darth Vaderish opera not for the meek. Wagner meets Phantom open. Nice settling near end to dreaming Rhodes-esque keys and then Darth returns…ahhhhhhhh. – Jim.

Strate Dance – Featuring Shane Cadman, JP Kervinen, Adam Kondor, Paul Muller, Ben Smith, Chris Vaisvil and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Dig it! Love the intense wildly guitar rhythm action against the pulsing keys and other sounds. Nice phasing sound in the processing as the piece grows. Ending comes a bit pre-mature but still cool groove in this one Bruce. – Jim.

Johnny and Faith
Empty Sky – Beautiful clear piano sounds – optimistic, turning pensive. Wonderful accompaniment at 1:00 yields a more solitary feel. very good, if a bit out of character for Johnny and Faith 🙂 – Paul. I would totally underscore Paul’s comments, this is wonderful and such out of the what we’ve come to know of Johnny’s psychy here at IF. Good when one steps outside a bit sometimes. – Jim.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Music for Gameboy #1– Space the final frontier and these are the voyages of Jukka-Pekka Kervinen! Nice amby feel in the electronics here that gives that ‘Star Trekish’ feeling referenced. – Jim.

Music for Gameboy #2 – Nice ‘noise’ in this one and a good sense of motion to it. – Jim.

Music for Gameboy #4 – More use of ‘noise’ in the sounds and mix here, think this is a good contrasting technique in your work Jukka – Keep exploring. – Jim.

Music for Gameboy #5 – Definite minimalist groove here – repetition and phasing! Steve Reich meets the Mario Bros. Very good! – Paul. I would agree Paul this is excellent, nice sense of ‘song’ in this work Jukka. Very TV like sound akin to one of the cop and drama shows of our time. As said keep exploring. – Jim.

Music for Gameboy #8 – Another nice sense of ‘song’ and dimension in this one. Great depth in the frequencies. – Jim.

Music for Gameboy #9 – Cool colors and a great sense of rolling effect in this one and again a good sense of song elements this week Jukka. – Jim.

Jukka-Pekka Kirviven and Paul Muller
Offset Gameboy #5 – Featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen x2 and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Wonderful muse interwoven between Paul’s sensitivity to ‘song’ and synth voices and Jukka’s sensitivity to electronica and manipulation. Great mash Paul. – Jim.

J.C. Combs
Guitar Warmup at the Mirage – Some good strumming here – gets a groove going around which other guitar tones join in to build to the finish. Great stuff. – Paul.

Norbert Oldani
Study for W.W. and Trumpet – Good realization with recurring theme. The trumpet sounds like it was lifted from a Mariachi sample – very bright. The second theme is more intense and a bit faster – crisp notes. Nicely realized. – Paul.

Canada River Rapids – Another walk in the woods with Norbert – captures the rushing water nicely. Very pleasant, relaxing sounds – Paul.

Piano Fantasy – Thinking a lot about Eric Satie here as well as a hint of jazz color from the extended harmonies or maybe it’s just all impressionistic which is grand. Lovely feeling and structure and space. Would like to hear more piano work like this Norbert. – Jim.

Glenn Weyant
I-CHING RADIO CHAOS CONSTRUCTION TUCSON 9/9/10 – We’ve all heard this but it makes for interesting listening. Curious why there is comparatively little Spanish…. So many voices out there in the dark waiting to be heard… – Paul.

Adam Kondor
Slow Transformation – Featuring Jim Goodin, Shane Cadman, Paul Muller, Paul Hertz and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Lower tones provide a dark nebulous background against which the strings draw sharp, disconcerting, scissors-like strokes. The clarinet struggles against the strings and slowly emerges along with Paul Hertz’s organ riffs – which eventually dominate. Nice transforming mix. – Paul.

Etude – More electronic vocalise! High, busy voices as if in an argument. Low drumming sounds predominate at 2:00 with nervous strings playing rapidly underneath. Provides a sense of performance stress – trying to get it right while contending with outside thoughts and comments. Interesting… – Paul.

Ghost Piano – Some powerful drumming (Elvin Jones?) with piano licks here and there. Great stuff – just 38 seconds and so full of energy. – Paul.

Cecil – This is kind of like a waterfall of tone and friction which with name I was thinking of jazzer Cecil Taylor and near the end that seemed true. – Jim.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece090910 – Beautiful deep luminous tones. Good use of echo. – Paul.

Paul Hertz
No Such Arrangement – Wonderful whirling of 16th notes flying from the organ. Epic playing and a nice groove here. We’ll make a minimalist of him yet! 🙂 – Paul.

Kavin Allenson
Psychles – Great playing as usual. Strong chords and fast single notes with an almost vocal undercurrent – a cool combination. – Paul.

Tonepool – A feeling of water droplets dropping into a larger body of water repeatedly gradually getting wider and wider displacement on the water’s surface, then they stop and the wave patterns vary about as they morph to other things and places. Nice electronica here Kavin. – Jim.

James Ross
September – The guitar entry at 2:50 is beautiful – works well against the moving line. Low chords now at 4:00 add depth. A good start – could go longer! – Paul.

Steve Layton
Hunter Hunted – A sort of birdlike sound – we are deep in the forest. Deep echo-y tones suggest a stalking of some kind, just behind us. Builds a sense of uncomfortableness – like a big cat watching its prey… – Paul.

Some Drums – Crisp sounds – nicely realized. Good tone and rhythms. Vaguely Peruvian? Makes you want to get up and dance! – Paul.

Waterfall – Bubbly sound and descending tones convincingly evoke a flowing stream and the gentle tumbling of a waterfall. More of a Hawaiian or tropical waterfall. – Paul.

Restless Natives РFeaturing David John Baer McNicholas, Peter Th̦rn, Vincent Poirier, J̩r̫me Poirier and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) РLike the djemba or like drum which holds the glue nicely in this piece amongst the spontaneous colorful voices and effects of the camera. Very African to me as opposed to native American which I was expecting from the title. РJim.

Well that’s the run down this week. Paul thank you for being consistent and doing most of this. My apologies to the artists I didn’t a chance to cover but I believe between the two of us we got to everyone at least once this thread. It was a huge amazing body of work, congrats to all who participated. We always try to cover all if possible, some weeks the thread is just so abundant but that’s the wonderful beauty of it and keep it up folks all of you, we will get to you. Lots of love to all.

Paul and I don’t publicly comment on each others work unless it’s in a mash as in mine this week. We do however link to our work from the thread as we each do individual pieces each week. Here are the links to Paul’s.

Paul Muller
Dance to the End of Summer
Nine Years On

Reminder for the ImprovFriday Radio podcast series that Paul and I take turns hosting. It’s available for hearing on Podomatic at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com and is also on iTunes. Listen and subscribe from either online resource. The September episode is overdue, going to be an interview I did with Steve Moyes and I will get it up and posted soon, I promise. In the mean time Paul’s August feature on mixes/mashes is the present with works by J.C. Combs, Bruce Hamilton and Adam Kondor. Check it out.

As always visit the world of ImprovFriday, the web community of creators and listeners of ‘New Music’, at http://improvfriday.ning.com.

See you next week,

Jim and Paul
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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
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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’.

For times specific to your local visit Time and Date.

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!