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Parallel Lines – Music for Traveling, an ImprovFriday event

High Plains

High Plains

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

First Paul’s comments…

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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



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



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



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




Some Non-Random Thoughts – 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Paul Muller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joel Sutton
Escape by Train => suspense!

Jeff Fairbanks
hy => enjoyed!

Steve Moyes
Ducktrain => cool soundscape.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thai Electric by Adam Kondor

Thai Electric by Adam Kondor

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

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

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

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

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

See you next time,

Jim & Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

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

'Stumbled Upon' image, discovered by Lee Noyes

'Stumbled Upon' image, discovered by Lee Noyes

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

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

Bruce Hamilton

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

Kenneth Palmer

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

Benjamin Smith

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

Chris Vaisvil

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

Bowed Psaltry by Chris Vaisvil

Bowed Psaltry by Chris Vaisvil

Here is just the audio

drawn out misery

Norbert Oldani

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

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

Kavin Allenson

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

flagellant

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

Benjamin Smith

Ben.improv.Feb.8.2011

Paul Muller

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

Norbert Dreams (feat. Jim Goodin, Norbert Oldani)

Steve Moshier

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

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

Lee Noyes

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

Jérôme Poirier

Nianis ad Dusk – Of things buzzed and the stooges…

Noizeg as Totk

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

Richard Sanderson

Formelodiya

Steve Moyes

Cakes

Shane W. Cadman

Piece021111

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström

Involuntary Guitarist

Ebow Whale

Jeff Fairbanks

Ralf und Florian

Steve Layton

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

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

James Ross

Field II

Rescued and Defretted by Peter Thörn

Rescued and Defretted by Peter Thörn

Jim Goodin

Wayfaring Stranger

Peter Thörn

Bedroom Guitarist

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

Bulk Finger

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim

Jim Goodin - WhatsNewAtImprovFriday.wordpress.com

Jim Goodin - WhatsNewAtImprovFriday.wordpress.com

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

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

Tools of IF member, Richard Sanderson

Tools of IF member, Richard Sanderson

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

Lee Noyes in Performance at Radio Cegeste - DPAG

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

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

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

Hand Organ or Dulicmer and Violin

Hand Organ or Dulicmer and Violin

Chris Vaisvil

Bowed Hammer Duclimer With Slide and Some Vocal

ebowed, bowed, and hammmered hammer dulcimer

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

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

(viola bow) Bowed Hammer Dulcimer

pathetic flute work

in harmonica’s way

Kid’s Garage Band in 17 Equal

Beauty of Embers

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

Steve Layton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström

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

WP-Eko

Winter Ghost

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

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

Kavin Allenson

What Do You See?

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

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

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

Benjamin Smith

Ben.improv.Jan.26.2011.1

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

Ben.improv.Jan.31.2011.2

Richard Sanderson

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

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

Holes in the Nothing

Tuhkanen/Kervinen

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

AMR #2 (Karl)

AMR #3 (Rosa)

Adam Kondor

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

Double Duo – for Mel Powell

Rituel (feat. Ben Smith, Jeff Duke)

Gérald DeGROOTE

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

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

Pointblank II(featuring Steve Moshier & Gérald DeGroote)

Norbert Oldani

Dream On

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

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

Bruce Hamilton LIVE at Mini-Fest

Bruce Hamilton LIVE at Mini-Fest

Bruce Hamilton

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

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

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

ersatz

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

Paul H. Muller

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

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

Andrew McCance

IF – Staccato in the Pub

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

Ken Ficara

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

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

Jeff Duke

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

Lee Noyes & Radio Cegeste - DPAG

Lee Noyes & Radio Cegeste - DPAG

Lee Noyes

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

Jérôme Poirier

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

Shane W. Cadman

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

Andrew McCance & Mel Powell (mix. Adam Kondor)

Beginning of a Sonata

Richard Sanderson

North

Paul Hertz

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

Steve Moyes

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

Steve Moshier and Liguid Skin LIVE

Steve Moshier and Liguid Skin LIVE

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

Kenneth Palmer

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

Jeff Fairbanks

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

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

Jim Goodin

Bird by Bird Fly (Again

Soliloquy

Timo Tuhkanen

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

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

In Addition –

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

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

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

And a Few Favorites –

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

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

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

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

ImprovFriday Radio

ImprovFriday Radio


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

Cheers,

Jim and Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

Boo, Before and After, ImprovFriday

ImprovFriday on the 'line' by Peter Thörn

ImprovFriday on the 'line' by Peter Thörn

Hello again and welcome to the WhatsNewAtImprovFriday, a blog that I [Jim Goodin] publish to help get the word out about the experimental New Music community ImprovFriday that resides on the Ning network.

ImprovFriday Radio host Paul Muller and myself have for some time done short ‘highlight’ reviews of the work produced by ImprovFriday member artists. Each weekend 35 to 40 of us get together and upload music and soundscapes that were created for the current weekend event thread. The musical work is produced under Creative Commons agreement and often moves beyond it’s original state to be included in mash-ups by other contributing members.

Reviews were the original foundation of this blog and continue to be part of it. Additionally I’m in the process of trying to include other ImprovFriday created content such as photographs and feature articles as well as ongoing news, IF hosted Video Concerts and project releases like the recent ImprovFriday 2 CD release on Amaranth Records. Btw re the above mentioned IF Video Concerts, Digitsignal, the NinJam quintet that all members (Peter Thörn, Jeff Duke, Steve Moyes, Ray Istorico and myself) are also members of ImprovFriday, was pleased to be hosted recently by ImprovFriday. Here’s a link to the archive of that show which featured the film work of Toshio Matsumoto. And another ‘btw’ I should mention several ImprovFriday member releases that have sprung up in recent weeks, Col[_;,;]lages produced by Jérôme Poirier, Bleep Hertz produced by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Growing Towards the Sun, an EP produced from a NinJam session by Steve Moyes and myself.

Okay promotion all out of the way and now back to the WhatsNew business at hand. For the last few weeks I’ve been behind getting an edition out. Paul who has been equally busy with church music projects, one of his principal muses, had gotten reviews done for two of the October weekends and had them in my queue. I had managed to get some of the work reviewed Halloween weekend which as you can imagine, particularly inspired. Then November came in and I was in a push to get the Steve Moyes interview finished for ImprovFriday Radio which is finally up and alive and with that said, I caught up for the moment and was able to do reviews for this recent weekend. So with that running train of thought this WhatsNewAtImprovFriday looks at the the event threads for October 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 and November 18-20. As custom I’ve included links with each title so you can check out the artist’s work.

Nuclear 2 by William V. Newbold

Nuclear 2 by William V. Newbold

Reviews: October 14-16

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 and 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.

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 and Faith
Spamborilly and 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.

Nuclear 3 by William V. Newbold

Nuclear 3 by William V. Newbold

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 and 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.

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

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

Jérôme Poirier
[._,,] (feat. 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 McCance
IF – Wood Chopper Winter (feat. Pete Thórn 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.

Rails by Jim Goodin

Rails by Jim Goodin

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 (feat. 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.

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.

Space Sunset

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.

Reviews: October 21-23

Roger Sundström and Benjamin Smith (mix by Steve Layton)
The Nighthawks – Deep, warm guitar sounds against Ben’s airy keyboard. A pensive feel to this – very atmospheric. Nicely done by all. – Paul.

Kenneth Palmer
Greetings from Ghana – Good strong beat, intriguing vocals. Exotic feel – nice harmony at the end. – Paul.

Lee Noyes
Hoppsan (or: ‘whoops’) – Buzzing, an explosion and some tapping. Crackling like a bad audio cable, some vocal fragments. Like we are inside a radio being fixed. Interesting journey. – Paul.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Oct.21.2010 – Boops and bleeps from Ben’s keyboard – been listening to Jukka maybe? Nice fast runs of scales and arpeggios. Overall sometimes a playful effect, sometimes drama and sometimes questions – like a story being told. – Paul.

Chris Vaisvil
I Gave It Up – Big sound – full string section. Lovely series of chords against a deep bass counterpoint. Lush, movie-soundtrack feel to this. Interesting chord sequence at the conclusion. – Paul.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece102210 – Interesting combination of tea kettle and drum kit. Some good cymbal work here. Did I hear a drum cadence from Band Dad? The heating of the kettle adds a sense of deadline to this – what will happen when it boils? – Paul.

Benjamin Smith and Shane Cadman (mix by Steve Layton)
The Rabbit’s Reflection – Ben’s keyboard provides a steady foundation and Shane’s drumming a fine counterpoint. Well-crafted mix. – Paul.

Peter Thörn
Luna Luna – Mechanical sounds and a low bassy string carrying a melody. Pretty good sound for wood and wire… – Paul.

Bruce Hamilton
tarkovs – Impressive series of drones complete with close-frequency beating. Plenty of volume, too – it fills your head! – Paul.

Tom Izzo
Emotobot – Flute-like electronic melody with busy background sounds that morphs into a rising humming, giving a sense of vast coordinated activity somewhere in the far future. – Paul.

J.C. Combs
Improvisation for Right Hand, in Standing Position – Pleasing single notes from the piano ring out in sequence. Quiet, introspective feel to this. Maybe a bit like Norbert’s piano piece. – Paul.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Red Wave – Suble blend of sounds – expectant, vaguely sinister. Now a steady tone with percusive sound now and then – a communication of some kind? Mechanical sounds as if something metalic is being disassembled. Evokes a convincing sense of strangeness. – Paul.

Norbert Oldani
Piano Improv. 10/21/10 – A simple line arcing upward – a questioning. Just the slightest hint of Monk at 2:00! Turns dramatic at about 3:15 – a sort of roiling feel here. Quiet ending is well crafted and suitably solemn. – Paul.

Breaking Light by Kavin Allenson
Breaking Light by Kavin Allenson

Kavin Allenson
return of the spring – A definite froggy sound to this! We are beside a pond at dusk in springtime. – Paul.

Adam Kondor
querelle – Frenetic sound of orchestral elements. A bit like listening to a mirror fall and break into pieces but in slow motion – yet no chaotic. Nicely realized. – Paul.

Jérôme Poirier
Portrait of the sixth day of strike – Interesting mix of street strikers and musical elements – art on the spot and up to the minute! – Paul.

Steve Layton
The Golden Ones (feat. Chris Vaisvil, Tom Izzo, Paul Muller, JC Combs and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher)) – Beautiful orchestral beginning – Handel-like in its majesty. The piano adds a fine counterpoint over the sustaining drone. Would be a good track for a movie spectacular. Lovely mix of chords at 3:00 to the finish. – Paul.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
unsold epilog – Intriguing title. Booming undercurrents, ringing sounds that slowly change – a definite sense of menace here. – Paul.

Andrew McCance
Ancient Evil (feat. Roger “Ecronet” Sundström, Grizzly and Andrew McCance (contributing artist/mixer/masher)) – Like we are standing over a deep, dark chasm – the birds screeching overhead and the wind moaning from below – but we can’t see the bottom. Convincing sense of awe here. – Paul.

Paul Hertz
The Clock Struck Thirteen – Light, yet metallic sound – very engaging. Like a wind chime, beautifully rendered. The chords form a fine background to the whirling melody. Some great keyboard work here and a lovely sound. Nicely done! – Paul.

Reviews: “Halloween” October 28-30

Halloween 'Spirit' by Jim Goodin

Halloween 'Spirit' by Jim Goodin

Bruce Hamilton
dery – Bruce excellent spooky Spike Jonesish lead in for the Halloween thread. Intense in a Monk kind of way. – Jim.

Chris Vaisvil
if20101028selfless – Chris that’s really rich and right of Hallow Eve’s ally. Really phantomish and ending chord sweep is worth the price of admission. – Jim.

Steve Layton & Peter Thörn
Baul Song – Excellent textures gentlemen. Love the contrast of the percussive plucks from Peter in parallel to Steve’s steel drum like bell tones. You guys are twin sons of different mom’s in a way. – Jim.

Jeff Duke
Doodles – Cool winds and sweeps Jeff, kind of like Steve Moshier slowed down re his Ghostbuster like sounds a few weeks ago. This one should be mashed (Mr Layton…). – Jim.

Kavin Allenson
Landers Machine Shop 102310 – Lot going on here. Like a fusion of amby and tribal beat going on in a garage recorded from a distance. At a point there is a tremendous organic kind of Peter Gabriel Shock the Monkey thing going on in the drums/percussion that I love Kavin. – Jim.

Ken Palmer
Chinese Di Zi Flute w. Percussion – So much out of Mancini and Hatari here. Exotic Asian orchestration going on almost sublimingly Ken. Def’ly an east meets on the way to west in your themes. Sits perfect against a Saturday afternoon Tarzan at times. – Jim.

Eric Gross
28 October 10 – Eric welcome to ImprovFriday. Pedal steel is new here I think re the sound and I happen to love it. Just floats about and you’ve carried that through here. Nice long John Caleish scape and I like how the the ‘steel’ voice emerges around 11 min and goes to the end. Good introduction to IF. – Jim.

Honest Abe ur Jim ur Lincoln by Callie Goodin

Honest Abe ur Jim ur Lincoln by Callie Goodin

Peter Thoegersen
some more unbridled noise – Peter welcome back! This reminds me of Shadowfax’s spin on Brown Rice. Great street beat kind of vibe going on in that same way. The voices and synth horn steer it well. Like the way the voices return subtly near the end. – Jim.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Coold Night – A long dark highway, traffic far far distance. Excellent sweeping sounds and synthetic sounding cicada’s and some other night critters. – Jim.

Andrew McCance
Horror Soundscape – Good one, somewhere around the moors there in the old country. Something is breathing in there I think meaning as a subtle critter. Excellent scream on Sasha’s part ‘dad’. Very minimal collage but quite effective in the suspense level Andrew. – Jim.

J.C. Combs
The Secret Chamber of Dr. X – Wow J.C. you commented on Friday you have your work cut out for you re being pleased with the thread performances and you did it man, excellent! Love the throb going on near and to the end. Spooky early on, a real Hallows here. – Jim.

Steve Layton
Mrs. Phasma (feat. Paul Hertz, Jim Goodin, Jeff Duke, Benjamin Smith, Steve Moyes, Roger Sundström, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher)) – Great stuff to be part of here and Steve thanks for mashing me in. This is in a very dark but beautiful place. Like looking through black light, lovely here with an edge. – Jim.

Paul Hertz
Hallowmas – Man this is rich and so subtle Paul. Really lovely. I’ve never known organ color till I’ve heard what you’ve produced on ImprovFriday. Great color and feeling throughout. – Jim.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.Improv.October.30.2010 – Great separation between the harmonic structure and the high floating melody on this one, very flute like on the high end but pointed and nice Rhodes color in the chordal clusters. Nice spooky beautiful stuff Ben. – Jim.

Ray Istorico, recent Digitsignal show by Jim Goodin

Ray Istorico, recent Digitsignal show by Jim Goodin

Reviews: November 18-20

Richard Sanderson – 1st time participant
Blotter – Richard welcome! Excellent to have you here. Blotter echoes a techno jungle with it’s metallic underscore and interspersed accordion voices emerging. In a sense this leads in to Shane’s junglesque scape coming up. – Jim.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece111910 – Shane this on is really rich. Has a great explored feel for Africa balancing the kalimba or vibes voice with the great sense of environmental. Very spiritual track plus the birds in the mix perked my cat’s ears up in ‘belief’. – Jim.

James Ross
Object – Eloquent James, floating and sperical with your usual sense of spiritualism. It has a sense of a suspended oblisk as in 2001. – Jim.

Kenneth Palmer and James Dillon
Trialogue – Your touch seems so incredibly lite on the keys Ken, a feeling of afar in this one and a sense of time, haunting I often hear in your work. Welcome James on his part of this collaboration. – Jim.

Bruce Hamilton
dober – Riveting Bruce. I hear the Reich energy from your recent Inadaba participation. Like the sense of how this one kind of hovers low as in a starship searching the field to land. – Jim.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Nov.19.2010Like a Rhodes on speed Ben. Dig it. Feels like an aural light show or streaming through the dark tunnel in Space Mountain as the strobing lights are blurring by you. You like several are branching out in to some new territory it seems and that’s really great to see though your pure intense acoustic tones are always appreciated. – Jim.

Andrew McCance
IF- Piano Improv. 18-11-2010 – Peaceful and tremendous touch Andy. Gentle Bill Evans space in your tones. Nice to hear you in this setting contrasting your larger orchestral works. – Jim.

Jeff Fairbanks
jo – Poppish beat and kind a feeling of a mix of GameBoy and ‘noise’. Nice rising of dissonance as the piece grows. For some reason think early Casio sounds. – Jim.

Adam Kondor
Dialektik – Adam your sense of both ‘internationalism’ and ‘nationalism’ in your mixes is amazing, this one particularly. Lovely use of Joan Baez in there or similar. Also feels like a foretelling in it’s scope. – Jim.

Peter Thoegersen
lil boys room – Very creative Peter. Playful in a ‘Johnny and Faith’ kind of groove, also cool Gil Scott Heronish bass line going on. – jim.

Johnny and Faith
Arguing Ourselves to Sleep – A sense of ‘landing’ throughout your piece J and F. Descending tones and ghostly voices hover throughout and strangely not as playful as norm guys. – Jim.

Steve Moyes
A Question About Coloured Lights – Think I can see Santa in this one Steve (grins). Lovely noise happening on this that I wonder if it’s all cello induced as I hear it in the latter parts. Sounds like some stretching as well. – Jim.

Coffee in the Mornin' by Jeff Duke

Coffee in the Mornin' by Jeff Duke

Jeff Duke
Cup O’ Joe – Love the panning in this one Jeff as always, imaging is your forte. It is in another terrestrial which is very much your sound. – Jim.

Jérôme Poirier
[,;;.] (feat. Steve Moyes, Richard Sanderson, Lee Noyes, Bruce Hamilton, Norbert Oldani and Jérôme Poirier (contributing artist/mixer/masher)) – Creative editing as always Jerome. Voice reminds me of Max Headroom from the 80’s which is timely with the GameBoy present here as well. – Jim.

Paul Hertz
Capillarity – Paul man the organ sounds so haunting and like Ken above, like you are barely touching the keys and just floating about. Really is a wide range of expression you bring to the instrument. This piece has both a sense of mystery and the circus with nice dark color. – Jim.

Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

J.C. Combs
Tchaikovsky in the Afternoon – Such an extended treatise going on here Chief. Distant piano early on sounds just like the ‘afternoon’ and the space stretched tones as it grows. Reverse envelope on the ending evolution is really great. Kept awaiting the ‘cannons’ btw. – Jim.

Steve Layton
Florida Invocation – What a welcome to Florida. Pensive and pointed Steve. I hear Bruce’s influence here or maybe it’s just the sunshine. Jim.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
quick ex #3 – Jukka your noise/game techno and other pieces have really evolved here since you joined IF a few months ago. They are always inventive and this one no less, like the noise floor among it’s space like robotic beeps and washes. Would be cool to have a video of you doing one of your pieces to see how you work. – Jim.

Paul Muller
Andy’s Object (feat. Andrew McCance, James Ross and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher)) – Beautiful mash Paul. Two splendid textural pieces both with plenty of space in the mix joined together really nicely. Jim’s suspended mobile like floor and Andy’s sparse piano work, when the harmonies come together in this one some cool colors are happening. – Jim.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Room 4 – Really delicate and spiritual Roger. Sounds of a sterile landscape ring throughout this one’s tonality, maybe it’s the northern winter skies there. Like it. – Jim.

Norbert Oldani
Bell Improvisation – Rings true and no pun intended Norbert. Wondering if this is ‘real’ or Kyma generated. Like the colors going on as the bells get thick over the synth ostinoto. – Jim.

Image by Emily for Chris

Image by Emily for Chris

Chris Vaisvil
For Piano, Choir, Percussion and Electronics – Great balance in the ensemble Chris. Sounds like ‘Norbert’s bells’ are ringing in this one. Sounds of space the final frontier but still present organic color in the darkness particularly. Fine texture. – Jim.

Lee Noyes
9′ 23″ – Lee welcome back. Nice to hear your return imagination and sense of patience and space. Sounds like going through an airlock or decompression chamber. – Jim.

Kavin Allenson
pod mind – Kind of like modern Hendrix here Kav. I need to go back and read your post about this but wondering by the title if it was done via some of iPhone/iTouch music apps. Very cool rushing wind of a track. – Jim.

And though Paul and I don’t review each others work in the Whats New blog beyond mashes, I do post links to our solo weekly thread participations at the bottom of each publishing. Here were our works from the recent threads. Thanks for listening as always.

Paul Muller
Drone Study #9
Shane’s Drone (feat. Shane Cadman and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher))
Mahalo Sticks (feat. Peter Thörn, Roger Sundström and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher))
Ambient Study 3#
Andy’s Ambient (feat. Andy McCance and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher))
Ambient Study 1
Ambient Study 2
The Horror of the Dark of Night (feat. Jim Goodin, Andy McCance and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher))
Bells and Bones (feat. Eric Gross, Benjamin Smith and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher))

Jim Goodin
Cave
Dandelions in Whoville
Old Colors
Chisel
The Dark of Night on Hallows Eve
Train to Budapest, Bats in the Night Sky
Dark Pool on a Moonless Night

Well once again thanks for following WhatsNewAtImprovFriday. Much good is coming from this community and though my publishing has been a bit erratic of late I’m really trying to give some needed visibility to the fine New Music that is being crafted each weekend by the 35-40 participating artists. Thanks for following us in the ImprovFriday world, I hope you feel broadened by coming along with us.

Remember our ImprovFriday Radio podcast series at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com. Paul and myself trade off each month with him doing an overview feature of several artists’ works from the community and the next month I take one artist and do an in-depth interview and feature of a few pieces of their music. The current episode features ImprovFriday member artist, guitarist/cellist/looper/computer musician Steve Moyes of England. Check out the episode at the above link or if you are an avid iTunes user you can search ImprovFriday Radio and subscribe to our series.

ImprovFriday Radio

ImprovFriday Radio

Lastly come visit the ImprovFriday website at http://improvfriday.ning.com, get to know us and if you are musician or sound artist working in exploratory interesting music then consider joining and participating in our weekend music threads.

Keep the ears open…

Jim and Paul

Thread the Needle Twice – ImprovFriday on your Dial

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

Santa Cruz Pier by Jim Goodin

Santa Cruz Pier by Jim Goodin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ImprovFriday 2

ImprovFriday 2

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

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

Col[_;,;]lages

Collages

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Duke performing at Y2KX by Jim Goodin

Jeff Duke performing at Y2KX by Jim Goodin

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

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

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

Graphical Score Created by Jukka Pedkka Kerviven

Graphical Score Created by Jukka Pedkka Kerviven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Street Musician, Park Slope, Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

Street Musician, Park Slope, Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Cruz Light by Jim Goodin

Santa Cruz Light by Jim Goodin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Goodin
Window
Score

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

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

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

Jim & Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

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

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

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

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

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

Along the Way by Michael Mjollnir

Along the Way by Michael Mjollnir

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

Thoughts on To Compose, Composer, Composed…?

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

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

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

Two Tone by Jim Goodin

Two Tone by Jim Goodin

Lee Noyes

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

Michael Mjollnir

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

Michael Peters

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

Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

Brooklyn by Jim Goodin

Shane W. Cadman

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

Chris Vaisvil

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

Jérôme Poirier

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

One Year by Richard Lainhart

One Year by Richard Lainhart

Johnny & Faith

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

J.C. Combs

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

Tom Izzo

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

Paul Muller

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

Nicholas Brittain and Daughter

Nicholas Brittain and Daughter

Nicholas Brittain – 1st time participant

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

Bruce Hamilton

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

Norbert Oldani

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

Kavin Allenson

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

The Machine by Michael Mjollnir

The Machine by Michael Mjollnir

On stage: Kavin Allenson

On stage: Kavin Allenson

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström

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

Steve Layton

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

Traffic Series by Jim Goodin
Traffic Series by Jim Goodin

Adam Kondor

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

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

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

Face in the Stone by Jim Goodin

Face in the Stone by Jim Goodin

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

ImprovFriday Radio Podcast

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

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

Best

Jim & in spirit, Mr Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

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 – Featuring Hentai Improvising Orchestra, Peter Thörn, David Bromberg and Kavin Allenson (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A buzzing, rushing sound like a million bees underneath some country vocals. Guitar sounds. Effectively surreal. – Paul.

 

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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