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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

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

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

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

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

Buds by Jim Goodin

Buds by Jim Goodin

Colour by Jim Goodin

Colour by Jim Goodin

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

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

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

Bruce Hamilton
herk

Jim Goodin, Paul Muller
Jim’s 23d

Paul Muller
Prayer for Rosemarie

Shane W. Cadman
Piece042211

Jeff Fairbanks/Bruce Hamilton
gffgtp

Abysmal - Safe Package by J.C. Combs

Abysmal - Safe Package by J.C. Combs

J.C. Combs
IF422

Peter Thörn
Half a Story

Jeff Fairbanks
gf – beautiful insanity!

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
objects/piezo #1

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

laizzez fair

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

Sweetland

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

twothirtyeight

ImprovFriday

ImprovFriday

Kenneth Palmer
Layed Back

Isn’t That Spatial

Steve Moshier
Pyramids of Güímar

Veil of Orpheus

Veil of Orpheus

Steve Moyes
Ēostre 1

Ēostre 2

Ēostre 3

Jim Goodin
And though I Walk (peace for Mary)

In the Meadow (Part I)

In the Meadow (Part II)

Benjamin Smith 
Ben.improv.Apr.18.2011.a

Ben.improv.Apr.18.2011

Ben.improv.Apr.19.2011

Ben.improv.Apr.20.2011

Chris Vaisvil
Lost Realm of Gondolin

Broken Wings (absynth 5)

Broken Wings in Glass (Kontakt 4)

Groove 4 Shabat by Chris Vaisvil

Groove 4 Shabat by Chris Vaisvil

18 edo improvisation

17 edo improv

After Creation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Out the Door, off to discover America by Jim Goodin

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

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Easter Strum

Easter Journey

Easter Tone

Yellow

Sub Easter

(E)aster Guitar

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

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

Peace out…

Jim

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

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

A Weekend for Thought Provoking New Music and Live Concert Video Webcasts All On ImprovFriday!

Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride

ImprovFriday is an online experimental music community where each Thursday afternoon through Saturday night at 10:00 EST, 20-30 musical artists from around the world gather to celebrate their muse and music by publishing one to several pieces to the ImprovFriday site for public listening and further input by artists within the community.

Some of the highlights created over the weekend (Jan. 27 – 29, 2011) were Steve Layton’s mash (a remixing/layering/combining of two or more previously recorded works from the current thread) Mycenae (feat. Timo Tuhkanen, Norbert Oldani, Chris Vaisvil),
Timo Tuhkanen’s Clarinet Improvisation, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström’s Morgan Bass, Chris Vaisvil’s Hanson’s 11th Ransom, Bruce Hamilton’s Solin, Kavin Allenson’s major LARGE mash from last weekend featuring bits/pieces of everybody, IF012111, Benjamin Smith’s Ben.improv.Jan.23.2011, Ken Ficara’s In Between Airplanes (Part 1), the reunion gathering UsIt – Gaetano Fontanazza and Jeff Duke’s Industry, Norbert Oldani’sDay Dreaming PianoImpro., Paul H. Muller’s The Long Horizon, Richard Sanderson’s Mariana Crescent (January Patterns I), my [Jim Goodin] Hendrix cover And the Wind Cries (Mary), GéRald DeGRooTe’s Back From Anesthesia, James Ross’s Field, Steve Moshier’s Indecent Exposure, Ken Palmer’s Stasis, Paul Hertz’s Now is the winter of our disconcertion, Shane W. Cadman’s Piece 012811, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen’s Swiss dance, Johnny & Faith’s Marching To The News, Steve Moyes’s Returns Turn, Jeff Fairbanks’s Zo Qu, Jérôme Poirier’s mash [–,_] (feat. Roger “ErocNet” Sundström, Chris Vaisvil, Gérald DeGroote & Jérôme Poirier), and our wing commander and founder of ImprovFriday, J.C. Combs’s mash Its How It Looks (feat. Steve Moyes, Kavin Allenson).

This is just a sampling of the wonderful work created over the weekend. Come check out the complete thread of New Music at http://improvfriday.ning.com.

In addition to the recorded work ImprovFriday hosted two live video webcast concerts on Saturday (January 29, 2011), Rainer Straschill and Stephen Goodman. ImprovFriday will be hosting more live events in the coming weeks so do check the website for schedule updates and consider joining the ImprovFriday community and receive regular email notices.

A closing note, from all at the ImprovFriday community we want to acknowledge and express our sadness but tremendous thankfulness to the ‘life in music’ given by Milton Byron Babbit who passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the age of 94. Babbitt was particularly noted for his interest and work in serial and electronic composition. Babbitt became interested early on in the Second Viennese School of music composition led by Arnold Schoenberg. In 1958, Babbitt achieved unsought notoriety through an article in the popular magazine High Fidelity (Babbitt 1958). His title for the article, “The Composer as Specialist”, was changed, without his knowledge or consent, to “Who Cares if You Listen?” More than 30 years later, he commented that, because of that “offensively vulgar title”, he was “still … far more likely to be known as the author of ‘Who Cares if You Listen?’ than as the composer of music to which you may or may not care to listen” (Babbitt 1991, 17). For more on the life of Milton Babbitt visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Babbitt.

Thank you for your interest in the WhatsNewAtImprovFriday blog and for checking out all the wonderful creative music being done at ImprovFriday.

Come open your ears….

Jim

Jim Goodin - WhatsNewAtImprovFriday.wordpress.com

Jim Goodin - WhatsNewAtImprovFriday.wordpress.com

As the Pilgrims Approached Plymonth they saw… ImprovFriday of course.

Thanksgiving, Armistice Day, Canadian post Thanksgiving, a general long weekend possibly or just another day in the world and now days after the fact. With that in mind however the community of ImprovFriday artists held their November 25 – 27 open call for musical creativity event thread as they do every week. The events have become so much a ‘family’ that gathering on a day that celebrates family and thankfulness in the United States makes it all seem perfectly appropriate of an artful gathering on it’s own, in recognition and the spirit of music of all of us involved.

Little Rock - Jim Goodin

Little Rock - Jim Goodin

With this edition of WhatsNewAtImprovFriday I’m pleased to welcome the guest comments of fellow ImprovFriday member Andrew McCance of the UK. You’ll get to know a bit about Andrew as well as read his reviews of the November 25 – 27 event. Following Andrew’s reviews I [Jim Goodin] offer my own on selected pieces of each artist from the event. I should add that several photographs with this edition are from a recent trip I made back ‘home’ to Arkansas.

First with this edition however we’re going to hear from ImprovFriday/WhatsNew/ImprovFridayRadio colleague Paul Muller in a enlightening and reflective interview article he recently conducted with ImprovFriday member artist, Ken Palmer.

A Look At the Music of Ken Palmer as told by Paul Muller

In this article I will look at the music of one of our ImprovFriday contributors in-depth. This will be a chance to follow the work of Ken Palmer through the pieces he has posted on IF events over the past year. I hope to be able to do similar in-depth articles on other IF participants so we can know more about the artists who are part of our community each week.

Ken Palmer

Ken Palmer

Ken Palmer has been a regular contributor to ImprovFriday for a long time – all the way back to NetNewMusic days, in fact. Ken is a musician located in St. Louis, MO and has had a long career there. Ken graduated from the St. Louis Institute of Music and spent 3 years in Germany studying organ, playing with an orchestra and touring in Germany, Spain and France. Back home in St. Louis Ken joined a jazz quartet and has performed locally ever since, including appearances with the St. Louis Symphony and many other local musical organizations. Currently Ken is involved in a project to record ‘Black Mass’ by Alexander Scriabin and this means learning the music as well as editing and mixing the piece. This has proven to be quite a challenge and Ken has been working on it for the past year. Ken’s ImprovFriday page has more about his background and current projects.

With such a wide-ranging background Ken can fairly claim a variety of influences. When asked to identify his main musical style or form Ken wrote: ”I can’t really answer to a musical style or form – in all the things I’ve written be they piano pieces, songs or chamber music I’ve always approached writing simply by sitting down starting to write and then my mind’s ear leads me along.”

Ken and Milton Babbitt

Ken and Milton Babbitt

An example of Ken’s jazz piano influence can be heard in a piece titled ‘Easy Listening for Two Pianos’, posted on IF during the July 23, 2010 event. This piece is quietly elegant and even with two piano parts it has the clean lines and intimacy typical of the finer music played in a club atmosphere. You can hear how comfortable Ken is with this form and it is doubtless the result of many hours of performing with a small group. Here is a link to ‘Easy Listening for Two Pianos‘, perhaps among the most conventional of Ken’s IF offerings.

Another influence on Ken’s music comes from East India. An example of this is ‘Facing East‘, posted on the June 11, 2010 ImprovFriday event. The sound here is quite different from the jazz-influenced works – full of exotic rhythms, a darting flute line and a syncopated bass drum. The bass drum booms while the flute zigs and zags, giving a definite overall Asian feel.

Another rhythmic piece along these lines is ‘Greetings From Ghana‘. In this piece there is complex drumming accompanied by a chorus that weaves a series of vocal lines around the changing rhythms. ‘Greetings From Ghana‘ was posted on the IF October 22, 2010 event.

The exotic element and more conventional forces are combined in ‘Chillin Out‘, a piece Ken posted on IF during the August 20, 2010 event. In this piece a solo woodwind takes a sort of winding, futuristic line while the rhythm and percussion sections are more regular. The piano moves in and out of the foreground and provides a counterpoint to the solo, shifting in and out of the exotic. This piece illustrates both the jazz and Asian influences operating together to produce an intriguing sound.

The jazz and Asian influences on Ken’s music are quite strong and so many of us were pleasantly surprised when some of his pieces began to reflect the more experimental works that are typical of an ImprovFriday event. The mix and mash are staples of an IF event and often these involve ambient field recordings as well as all sorts of other sounds. For the August 6, 2010 event Ken posted a piece titled ‘Simultaneity‘ that included a piano, night sounds of the forest and what can only be described as an otherworldly arpeggio. The piano provides a psychological anchor while the crickets and spaceship sounds envelop the listener in a sort of mysterious darkness. It is a very effective use of all the disparate elements to create a feeling of apprehension – like walking in the woods at night. You can hear ‘Simultaneity‘ here and I think it is something of a breakthrough for Ken in that it combines the traditional language of the piano with other sounds.

All of us at ImprovFriday have an appreciation of the work of Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and it is hard to think of an artist who is further afield from Ken’s traditional influences. Jukka-Pekka’s pieces are typically created from video game consoles and have a very strong electronic feel. And yet this work has been very influential at IF. In a piece titled ‘Stuck in a Box‘ posted during the September 17, 2010 IF event, Ken produced a piece that is just as electronic as any one of Jukka-Pekka’s game-boy creations. There are no standard musical instruments – save for a low sounding clarinet – and the piece is filled with the beeps and squeaks of electronic tones that fly about as small clouds of sound in a ghostly, empty space. It is as if we are in a different world where the conversations are held between the bits and bytes of electronic signals. Perhaps Ken intended to make a comment here, but the piece does show the effective use of electronic sounds to create a unique atmosphere. You can hear ‘Stuck in a Box‘ here.

The last piece that we will listen to is ‘Life in America‘ posted during the September 24, 2010 ImprovFriday event. In this piece Ken has followed the work of such participants as Adam Kondor and J.C. Combs by combining electronic sounds, field recordings and broadcast segments to create a commentary, in this case on life in America today. We can hear bird calls, rock and roll, a sort of broadcast announcement and electronic beeps and blips that crescendo into a great confusion of sounds. It seems like we’ve come a long way from ‘Easy Listening for Two Pianos’! ‘Life in America‘ can be heard here.

When asked why Ken participates in ImprovFriday he wrote: “It affords me a venue for sharing my creativity which heretofore was unavailable to me – cloistered living is fine for monks, and I want my music to be heard and appreciated.” I think we can all agree on that, and I would add that the chance to collaborate and be influenced by others is another big plus for being a part of ImprovFriday. Just as the music of Ken Palmer illustrates.

Learn more about the music of Ken Palmer at http://www.kenpalmer.net
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Very special thanks to Paul for that great look in to the music and world of ImprovFriday’s Ken Palmer.

Introducing Andrew McCance

Mentioned above, joining us for this edition of WhatsNewAtImprovFriday, is guest reviewer Andrew McCance who provided commentary for the work done by the ImprovFriday event participating artists for the November 25 – 27 event. First though as with all of the ImprovFriday member artists, Andrew brings such a rich tapestry in himself to the IF community that I want you to get to know a bit about him.

Andrew McCance, a.k.a. AndyMc… lives in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England, just north of the Isle Of Wight. He started music when he was around 10 after his dad brought him an old air organ. Andrew says he played this now and then followed by soon getting an early computer, a ZX81 which led to some early programming interests. Soon followed a series of machines, the ZX Spectrum, then C64, MSX then AMIGA, which all led to more and more interest in making music and graphics.

Teenage years came and Andrew started doing live improv’s at house parties and quiet pubs. He had the chance then to go into bigger things but wasn’t overly impressed with the lifestyle that would also include so he became a dad instead.

For a while Andrew remained steady in mod music, using an Amiga and it’s 8-bit sampler, all the while immersing more into programming and only playing music for fun. After several years he moved to the PC and eventually working in Cubase. Along with other things this eventually led to joining ImprovFriday.

Andrew McCance Self Portrait

Andrew McCance Self Portrait

Andrew says he has always been interested in ambient, sound processing and retro analog synths going back even before his Amiga days but never fully pursued it. Since joining ImprovFriday he’s found he has found the inspiration to open that ‘envelope’ again releasing those early interests and energies into new work.

When asked to describe how he works in creating his music these days Andrew first suggested an analogy with food from the standpoint of going below the surface as in getting into the fundamental content of fine foods. He likes to start with an idea then make as much of it as he can, for example his track Blue World which had a foundation in a public domain whale sound surrounded by sounds that were manipulations of that core sound that developed to becoming his ‘own’. Blue World started from a lake photo posted on an IF event that inspired Andrew’s imagination to visualize himself diving below the water’s surface and discovering the aqua world below leading to his orca fused composition.

And now here are Andrew’s review thoughts about the work produced by the ImprovFriday member artists during the event thread, November 25 – 27.

Peter Thorn
Winter – You have captured such a crisp sound there Pete and you’ve kept it from cluttering on a loop. – Andrew.

Adam Kondor
My Fathers Voice – This is great Adam, I really enjoyed this and this is something you can truly treasure for ever. – Andrew.

Shane Cadman
Piece 112610 – This deserved a name imo. 🙂 – AM.

Ken Ficara
Waning Gibbous – When I first heard this I thought oh this isn’t experimental but as it flows through to the end you hear why it is. – Andrew.

Kavin Allenson
Vortex/Jumbie – This was simplistic but to great effect, I’d only say that the talking of reverb and making of the track pulled me back out of the place I went when listening. – Andrew.

Paul Hertz
A Pumpkin of Pies – The organ on this Paul is great, I felt like I was at the back of the church listening to you recite, is it vst? – Andrew.

Richard Sanderson
– I think the way you got things sounding in reverse that actually were not in reverse is excellent, it seems so good it is hard to explain to people it’s not actually in reverse. 🙂 I know you said it doesn’t sound forward when you reverse the track but I still think you should reverse the track and call it Forward. Tracks with a meaning, like an abstract of something always hear back better over time. – Andrew.

Kenneth Palmer
Happy Holidays – This is great Ken, and great playing too. An average listener maybe won’t realise the effort that goes into being able to play like that, but for us musicians it maybe more appreciated. – Andrew.

Lee Noyes
Notr**ever***sedes_revert+oN (feat. Richard Sanderson & Lee Noyes), this is great Lee. – Andrew.

AndyMc
IF Winter – I’m mentioning one of my tracks as I like it as much as the others here but I think I was a bit low on the volume on it. – Andrew.

Norbert Oldani
Three Rivers, I loved this Norbert, it’s great. – Andrew.

Steve Moyes
Legs and also Winter – Both these are great, it was the white noise in his Winter track that inspired me to put wind on my Winter track. – Andrew.

J.C. Combs
Play Before Juno and Play After Janus – I love that first one, works really well, then the second works great too and ya feel like you was really feeling it when you made it. This normally shows when you hear the patience someone had in their piece, with out it it can sound rushed and wrong. These two were up there amongst my most favourites of this week. – Andrew.

Chimes - Jim Goodin

Chimes - Jim Goodin

Jim Goodin and Steve Moyes
Heard Through Walls and Throats and A Martian Looks at Earth, I really liked these three tracks guys. – Andrew.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
ym-glitch #1 – Once Jukka I had a Roland RA50, when using a PG1000 into it via midi it achieved a similar sound, I would sit for hours just making this type of sound, this track of yours takes me right back. – Andrew.

Jim Goodin
In the Context of Ice Crystals – The picking really does give it a feeling of ice pinging or snapping of some kind, but I get the from the picking an idea of ice, not sure if that was the aim but that’s how I feel it. – Andrew.

Long Road Out - Jim Goodin

Long Road Out - Jim Goodin

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Winter and Morning Song and Happy Man (feat. Steve Layton,Bruce Hamilton) and Low Duct (feat. Jérôme Poirier) – I love ya Winter abstract Roger and also the Morning Song, the Happy Man is great, is it a mash or mix and is there any of your stuff in there? Also you are twice in the list, i had to come back to this to add Low Duct. 🙂 – Andrew.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Nov.22.2010 – When I started listening Ben I first worried they were a bit forced this week, but then I got to this one and relaxed right into it. – Andrew.

Bruce Hamilton
Gerts and Phanto – Gerts is a lovely piano piece Bruce and Phanto, yet short is great, sharp and to the point. – Andrew.

Paul Muller
Scale 6 – Paul this is great m8, I love this, it reminds me a bit of Blade Runner Theme music, which is some of my all time favourite, I don’t listen to music often so some pieces stand out for me above the rest, this is one of them. – Andrew.

Steve Layton
Somersault Drums – I liked this Steve when I heard it for the first time on Facebook, it’s also sounds great in your Down the Wires Mash. – Andrew.

Chris Vaisvil
Choir and Strings Improv. and Solo Piano Improv. and Sitar Improv. and Father’s voice on a Relativistic Train (feat. Jim Goodin, Steve Moyes, Adam Kondor, AndyMc, Shane Cadman, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen) – Chris with out sounding wrong, when I listen to your works it reminds me of me, and I feel very comfortable and at home listening to your works. Sorry for the renaming here, the titles were a little long on the posts so I shorted to best I could. – Andrew.

Wow Andy, really personal and immediate thoughts on all the wonderful work created over the ImprovFriday event thread of ‘thanks’, November 25 – 27. Thanks so much for contributing to WhatsNewAtImprovFriday this edition as well as introducing yourself to us.

And now for a few thoughts of my own about some of the work from the same weekend.

The Split - Jim Goodin

The Split - Jim Goodin

Peter Thörn
Winter – Takes me back to my years in college with a then worn 1968 Volvo 144 sedan that I had, much irony here that I would own a Swedish automobile and later to have several connections with Sweden in my years that have evolved. The cold winter cranking away as the coils resist igniting, was like that in January in Arkansas Peter and there is much rhythm here in your ‘found’ experience. – Jim.

Adam Kondor
My Father’s Voice – Loved this Adam as partly it made me wish I had a recording of my dad’s voice as I gather this to you or somebodies. I have pictures and I think some video somewhere but the idea of preserving a voice for your offspring is something well thankfully for the net I have done. That said thoughtful editing as always in your pieces with some sounds of winding spring like tones as the dialog moves on, perhaps echoing an aging clock winding down. – Jim.

My Dad's Grave - Jim Goodin
My Dad’s Grave – Jim Goodin

Shane Cadman
Piece 112610 – Lovely piano in a Winston style Shane led in by a gathering of sorts, voices in a room, fades to the stellar tones, suspended, reflecting and we give thanks. – Jim.

Ken Ficara
Waning Gibbous – Wow ‘Little old band…’ ringing a bit here and welcome first time participant or possible returning Mr. Ken Ficara. Feels like a street band here and nice crunch in the guitars. Also hearing Bo Diddley in this one at times. Nice fun piece to balance the darker this week. Great development as multiple guitars converge. – Jim.

Kavin Allenson
Vortex/Jumbie – The wind and tapping, a rattle on a bottle, somewhere in the West a hundred fifty years ago. A rattler passes by in the dry dust of south Texas and suddenly it feels we’re in a large hall, preparing for a religious setting or order, it is indeed a ‘vortex’. – Jim.

Paul Hertz
A Pumpkin of Pies – Nice organ tones for the holiday Paul with a sense of a processional entrance for an observance yet offers the color of a movie reel at times in it’s periods of resolve. Your middles tones have a nice airy buzzy sound to them that makes me wonder if this is a physical or digital sampled that you play each week. Nice esculating arpeggio near end as if running up the stairs, for more pumpkin pie of course. – Jim.

Richard Sanderson
No Reverse – Richard welcome, I think this thread was your first but forgive if you were at IF sooner. Great to have you regardless. I hear Bob Fripp and feel elements of his wonderful beginning in ‘Let the Power Fall’, going on as your piece begins. Fundamental hertz going on here in terms of tonal cycles all exploring the reverse envelope, a favorite place of mine to be. – Jim.

Kenneth Palmer
Interlude – Synth or angelic voices leading in with distant kettle or snare drums all giving focus to a cool plucked kalimba or African string harp growing largely intricate as it develops. The voice patch continues to underscore. – Jim.

Lee Noyes
Opa Cupa: Suspended Mouth and Tongue Pattern – The space of the vast lower hemisphere landscape as stellar and the sound of silence in between the well placed tones of Mr. Noyes. Lee this piece and many of your wonderful scapes feel as if you are in a room wondering around finding sound elements and the things that produce them that you’ve never known before and you just happen to pick them up, pluck them, hit them, all at just the well placed time. This one no less. Also feels at times like you are and Kavin are on the same stretch of the old West a hundred fifty years gone by. – Jim.

Overlook - Jim Goodin

Overlook - Jim Goodin

Andrew McCance
IF – Sore Thumb – The sound of ‘well placed piano’ Andrew, lovely and intricate as if peering through curtains, looking towards the Isle of Wight. One of the beautiful things that happens on IF is by chance, by subconsciousness, by shared muse we each can strangely find each other in the pieces we produce. You have found Shane in this one and he you. – Jim.

Norbert Oldani
Piano impro. Fantasy – Lovely Norbert. Sure it echoes George Winston at times who I happened to really dig when his sparse melodic sound first appeared. Your sense of harmony gives more sophistication and this piece has a great melodic haunt to it sounding at times with color of pieces like Dancing in the Dark but returning to the more New Age alt-classical new music color typing our times. – Jim.

Steve Moyes
Legs – Wonderful distortion color all through this one. As I’ve come to know I think this is all manipulated cello which Mr Moyes does so well. This one feels like a walk through the forest at twilight, owls, birds and mystery encircles. – Jim.

J.C. Combs
Play after Janus – Drones as if planes over head flying through deserted lands in search of or feels terestrial as the piece moves through with sounds of rubbed metal. Perhaps all processed and stretched piano tones and well crafted as Professor Combs usual. – Jim.

Jim Goodin and Steve Moyes
Grapes of Wrath
– Rule of thumb in this blog is Paul and I don’t review ourselves or each other unless we are in a mash. The recent duo setting with fellow IF’er Steve [Moyes] is within reach re the rules. This was a near end section in our recent NinJam, a session of cello and violin improvisations. This section felt a mix of old world trudging as if fleeing Nazi Germany in WWII or more to my heritage of my Mom’s people leaving rural Oklahoma. The wind blows changes at the end. – Jim.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Cruyingonds – Wow Jukka. From the man who came to us through the arcade, the GameBoy, the 8-bit, the graphic scores and now another surprise. Guitar echoing Bill Frisell, Jeff Baxter and probably Henry Kaiser at times as it dances about a flute voice almost if playing cat-mouse in the fields of northern Finland. – Jim.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Song 101125 Nyckelharpa or hammered dulcimer or who knows in this one. Sounds are plucked and wound with really nice melodic color developing about 2/3rd’s the way through. – Jim.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Nov.22.2010 – Pensive Rhodes notes set the stage in Ben’s pre-Thanksgiving improvisation with lower tones emerging sounding like chardes of earth breaking away. The subtle intensity grows reaching a rhythmic near end conclusion of the sound of many hands trading brittle clusters as they wind down to a simple nicely muted ending. – Jim.

Bruce Hamilton
Plaque Friday – A trap kit exploring with really cool deep kettle. Feels like a ‘DeJohnette’ played feel at times and real drums but got a feeling this is all sequenced or ‘played’ drum samples which says a lot Bruce as it sounds nice and real sir. – Jim.

Paul Muller
Ben’s Winter (feat. Roger Sundstrom and Ben Smith) –
Man the sun sets all over the world or in Paul’s case it’s rising I think in the early morn of southern California but here in the east Ben’s acoustic tones are like the light gently dancing across the towering Manhattan skyline and pensive New Jersey fields and yet 6,000 miles away Roger creates in brief daylight of the Swedish winter skies, all wonderfully mashed Paul, keep exploring this journey my friend. – Jim.

Steve Layton
Songs of the South in the North (feat. Peter Thörn, Norbert Oldani, Roger Sundström, Jim Goodin, Andrew McCance, Kavin Allenson) – Cold winter there with the engine grind but warms up nicely in this mix weaving from the green land of Scandinavia to the hills of rural Virginia, colored by sophisticated piano notes flying loosely through the canvas of English descent to New England. As the engine intensifies ‘Leon Redbonish’ tones emerge from the southern region along with tribal percussive energy from across the seas again. A ‘World’ adventure in this mash. – Jim

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Morning Song 101127 – Really great colours Roger. Love the density in your enveloping almost baritone like guitar here, maybe detuned a bit. Lot’s of depth and space throughout this one. Thinking both Ry and Bill on this one as you often ring. – Jim.

Chris Vaisvil
Willows improvisation on a theme for solo GR-20 guitar synthesizer … – With tonal drift between the frets at times, the southern churchy sound in the trees is as eloquent as a Faulkner read on this ‘blue-tuning’ guitar snyth spin by Chris. Lots of interesting color here and in all his pieces for the day of thanks. – Jim.

It was an excellent weekend, much creativity and just frigging ‘heart’. If you just stumbled upon this blog and have journeyed this far, come see us and join us, the creativity and thought abounds on ImprovFriday.

And it wouldn’t be a WhatsNew blog edition without leaving you with the solo pieces Paul and I created for the weekend. Though we don’t as a rule provide our responsive thoughts here are our responsive tones.

Paul Muller
Scale 6

ImprovFriday Radio

ImprovFriday Radio

Jim Goodin
Happy Thanksgiving Improv on Kitchen Girl
In the Context of Ice Crystals

In closing let me mention our ImprovFriday Radio podcast series which is easily found at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com as well as in iTunes by searching, ImprovFriday Radio. Each month Paul and I take turns hosting. This month the present episode up is the feature interview I conducted with ImprovFriday member artist Steve Moyes. In the hour plus Steve talks about his work with the cello, looping, his involvement in the ‘Gathering’, thoughts about music and all the colours in his worlds. Check it out at ImprovFridayRadio.Podomatic.com.

And please visit our ImprovFriday website on the Ning network to discover more about our community of creative musical artists. We are located at http://improvfriday.ning.com. Till next time, keep your ears and hearts open and happy holidays this season…

Jim and Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

 

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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