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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

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

 

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

A Single Chord, a Bringer of Light, Omen and Der Leiermann (psst… It's ImprovFriday).

Well I know September 16 seems like a long time ago now but it’s been a long week plus, however neither long hours or other distractions will deter the publishing of WhatsNewAtImProvFriday!

So here we are Paul Muller and myself (Jim Goodin), back with a review of the fabulous mind bending experimental New Music musical tones and environmental soundscapes created by the ImprovFriday member artists the weekend of September 16 – 18. Lots of good stuff so without further rambling, roll the film as they say… well one more thing this week I’m adding several images created by Kavin Allenson, James Ross, David John Baer McNicholas, Michael Mjollnir, Adam Kondor, Paul and myself. Now on with WhatsNew.

Journey by Michael Mjollnir

Journey by Michael Mjollnir

Michael Mjollnir

Lightbringer – Featuring Paul Muller, Shane Cadman, and Roger “Erocnet” Sundstrom and Michael Mjollnir (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Cool growing vibe in this mash that reminds me of early U2 of all things at times. The organ patch weaves strongly throughout. Glad you are getting quite at ‘home’ here Michael. – Jim. Strong, steady opening beat – good colors layered above the rhythmic foundation. The pipe organ sneaks up into the texture and makes a nice counterpoint to the bass. At 3:00 we get a lightening of the upper layers. Well crafted. – Paul.

Bore #4 – Featuring Jim Goodin, Roger Sundstrom, Steve Moyes and Michael Mjollnir (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – As Michael was kind enough to work me into the center of this piece I shouldn’t comment too much other than to say there’s some really cool sounds circling around from Roger and Steve and Michael. Has a great urban sense to me and a feeling many cultures in kind of a LA scene (whatttt!… well lots of color here for sure). – Jim.

Tom Izzo
Amber In Red – Really pretty Tom and I think I should say welcome, you are new no? Or perhaps returning to IF. Regardless this reminds me of a feeling of Tim Story’s wonderful early pieces on Windham Hill that were ‘Windham Hill’ but filled with mystery. Really lovely colors, ambers, reds…. – Jim. Solitary piano notes against a beautiful ambient background. Quiet reflective mood, almost somber. Good balance between the parts – nice mixing! Good to have Tom back with us. – Paul.

Jeff Duke
Wind – Very much like some wind chimes I fall in love with at a pottery store in ‘downeast’ Maine. Lovely ‘un-guitar’ Jeff. – Jim. Lovely guitar playing against a lush, warm background. Jeff has been listening to James Ross! Phasing effect at 3:00 is very effective. This one is working in all registers – a really beautiful piece. – Paul.

Water – I think the most amazing thing about Jeff’s music and this piece speaks of it is that though it sounds synthetic it’s all guitar driven and to my knowledge it’s pedals, loops and not a ‘synth on it’ meaning all organic. This piece as said no less. As the title suggests, ‘Water’. Like a pool where drops have fallen and are dispersing out in circular ripples to the shore. – Jim.

Kenneth Palmer
Stuck In A Box – Kenneth on the contrary you have gotten ‘out’ of the box in this piece. Very different vibe and textures which is not to min the lovely piano/orchestration pieces you’ve been crafting at IF but this is a nice departure. Neat mystery in this piece. Keep exploring it. – Jim. Interesting orchestration – a sort of Jukka-Pekka meets Adam. Beautiful low clarinet throughout. A series of fast electronic sounds play against the quiet, restful background – nice contrast in textures there. Ken is absorbing some of the IF styles! – Paul.

James Ross - Live at Goodbye Blue Monday by Jim Goodin

James Ross - Live at Goodbye Blue Monday by Jim Goodin

James Ross
Flock – Birds flying south and angels welcoming. We could be a floating bottle with a note about all the things my father once said he wanted to tell me one day and never did. This one really hangs. Visions of Jeff Duke in this one but as I get to know your music and sense of sound more James clearly you. – Jim. Another beautiful effort by James. The wavy texture suits the title well. Has a sort of felling of regret to it – like the slipping away of summer. – Paul.

Kopi by James Ross

Farewell Old Friend - Kopi by James Ross

Jérôme Poirier
Eyebrows – Featuring Shane W. Cadman, Bruce Hamilton and Jérôme Poirier(contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Great combination of pieces – some good pitch bending here. A fine mix. – Paul.

Enthalpy of Sublimation – Featuring Kavin Allenson, Steve Layton and Jérôme Poirier(contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Interesting color and in dissonance in horn orchestration with electronica and percussive sounds scurrying about like bees. – Jim.

Paul Hertz
Surrounders – Deep bustling sounds with an interesting phasing effect. Builds a sense of expectation. The lower pedal tones produce a distinctive sounding chord. – Paul.

Surrounders (feat. Steve Layton, remix) – Acquires a stronger, more assertive feel via amplification. The lower tones are helpfully more audible. A dramatic feel at 2:30. An increase in intensity makes this the definitive version and very likable. – Paul.

Norbert Oldani
Workers Repairing a Driveway– Environmental capturing from the car port. Imagining something on the list to get done now for years and finally getting to bring in a crew. – Jim. The low humming is suggestive of heavy equipment – maybe a backhoe repairing a driveway? – Paul.

Lake Pleasant in the Adirondacks – Sound in nature, just about paradise on this one I suspect, feeling of the title, fall by the lake in the Northeastern mountain range. Wondering if we are in a boat or by the bank and suspect the latter as just heard a car pass by. Birds fly by, peaceful, serenity up there in them hills… – Jim.

Space Drone Mash 1 – Wide variety of textures here – a high-pitched buzzing combined with lower groaning sounds. Like the woods at night with hyperactive insects. – Paul. Bees… well gives that feeling, we’re at the center of the hive, where is the queen, where is the queen… – Jim.

Space Drone Mash 2 – Noise floor star date 2012, Captain’s log March 1st… ambiance of a pre-launch, days of NASA, days of the space race or are we in flight, are we in the galaxy of Alexis 42. Fluid and adrift. – Jim.

Peter Thörn
Early Morning – Solemn notes rise up in the early morning – very evocative. – Paul.

Bjuhrströms Obsession – Some neighborly Swedish being spoken – a musical language. Now the blower – don’t we all have neighbors like that! – Paul.

Omen – Stellar quiet and contemplative. Beautiful acoustic spacial tones echoing heart, echoing time, echoing Sweden… calling. – Jim.

Purple Clover Sun by David John Baer McNicholas

Purple Clover Sun by David John Baer McNicholas

David John Baer McNicholas
New Splice – Some frightening opening lyrics followed by some strong strumming. Very nice picking at 2:00. – Paul.

Dick Soakin – Love this and the opening establishing of the ‘tuning’. The sense of ‘tonality’ and ‘non-tonality’ and the percussive strumming bent and later the linear picking-strumming. Good energy throughout. – Jim.

Memory of a Love that Makes Me Jealous – Continued acoustic strumming somewhere between depth of John Fahey and David Baer land. – Jim.

CHOMSKIING REAGANOMIC MOGULS – Acoustic guitar linear picking while watching TV, C-Span perhaps, perhaps a speech, life and mixed media. – Jim.

Wild Florida Lizard by David John Baer McNicholas

Wild Florida Lizard by David John Baer McNicholas

Steve Moyes
Wooly Something – Featuring David Perreko and Steve Moyes (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A clatter of machinery sounds as if it is accompanied by percussion – very impressive combination. We must be in the Wool Museum. The clanging of the tank produces some cool overtones and echoes. Must be the watermill sounds at about 4:00 – very liquidy. – Paul. Much like a printing press then goes kind of Asian tonality and then well David followed by the rhythm of the industrial age and the whir of motors working. Can’t help think of influence from Roger here. – Jim.

Chris Vaisvil
Put the Pump In – Filler up! Ambiance of things here from gas station to machine room to backdrop to a store or casino. Many images… – Jim. The sounds of happy workers – steam cleaning? A problem with the pump? At the cash register… money changes hands. – Paul.

Three Pounds of Heart Attack – Sounds like red meat Chris and a visit to the butcher. All you can eat! – Jim.

PIN Pad – Wow I’ve been there so many times. Auto-checkout at Key Food! The rich part is this one seems to work, how lucky you are. – Jim.

HemiFamity27 Improvisation – more introspective piano much like drilling into the rock, seeing what’s behind the years of slate and hardened clay. Nice color in the linear lines and occasional chordal dissonance. – Jim.

The Public Humiliation of Bacon – Well… sounds like field recordings, still at the grocery or butcher and inspired Wagnerian synth sounds in the area. – Jim.

A Gun to My Balls – Well something is in pain here amongst the growing pulsing foundation, sounds like a big bear but human early on. Could be a chainsaw at work but I think it’s a bear perhaps from his winter nap. Okay I’m digressing. Floating through are growing electronica sounds, all quieting down to a subtle wash. – Jim.

My Crazy Aunt Sophie – Striking the balance between I gather the slightly clumsy spirit of years of social piano and brilliance reminding me of the French modernist composer often thought to be of modern serious crossing to ‘jazz’, escapes me but much spirit in this piece Chris. – Jim.

Desktop Energy Seed Lamp -  Alan Parekh

Desktop Energy Seed Lamp - Alan Parekh

J.C. Combs
Obsessed – Opening acoustic piano notes evolving to distortion series I absolutely love seeking to wind chimes and lovely ambient wash. – Jim. Beautiful echoes and overdriven piano. Simple melody, hidden in the distortion. A fine sense of tension at 1:45… – Paul.

Jeff Fairbanks
UO – Featuring Peter Thörn, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Lee Noyes and Jeff Fairbanks (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Lovely ambient background sounds underneath a strong accordion melody. Good combination of pieces. – Paul. Particularly like the acoustic part in this, tambura like, very pure. – Jim.

Took – Featuring Bruce Hamilton and Jeff Fairbanks (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Playful and slightly dark kind of Cirque du Soleil like. – Jim.

Paul Muller visits Adam Kondor in Heidleberg

Paul Muller visits Adam Kondor in Heidleberg

Paul Muller
Womtook Pulse – Featuring Steve Layton, Bruce Hamilton and Paul Muller (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Nice venture into mashing Paul. Like the wah wahish flanging going on around the keyboard color and the morphing in the keyboard. Good one Paul. – Jim.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece091610 – Quiet piano notes with echo produces a sense of restfulness and serenity. Beautiful. – Paul. Shane you continue to evolve as you should. Tremendous space in the tones with much patience on the decay. You and Peter both this week delivering lovely time at the keys. – Jim.

Piece091610_Reverse – Excellent! My favorite thing to do. Nothing like the sound of the reverse envelope and this one no less. – Jim.

Bruce Hamilton
Womtook – FM piano/mallet instrument/muted steel drum melody weaves about as if exploring a Japenese garden. – Jim.

Skoopt – Featuring Norbert Oldani, Roger Sundström and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Cool beat and ghostly ambiance, riding the dark side, could be east could be west, but it’s skoopt! – Jim.

Gradus Augdemented – Featuring Adam Kondor, Lee Noyes and Bruce Hamilton(contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Like the drums in this, very kicking. Pulsing Jukka influence surrounds. Nice production. – Jim.

Camk – Strong guitar and some echo produce a bright sound. – Paul. Guitar or keyboard patch? Manipulated and to me micro-tonal. Nice mystery exploring going on. – Jim.

Mr. Bailey, Mr. Layton and Mr. Muller, 3 amigos

Mr. Bailey, Mr. Layton and Mr. Muller, 3 amigos

Steve Layton
Quiet Pulses – So this is where the wah wah keys came from in Paul’s mash. It’s neat to listen to the parts after hearing the combined when you I don’t necessarily know who did what. This sounds like some of your LA trip last month influenced you in this piece Steve, has that ‘Law & Order’ feel. Sense of beat in the flange is cool. – Jim.

Two Fields – Featuring Norbert Oldani, Roger Sundström, Shane Cadman and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Quiet Pulses continues as a subtle underscore to the ‘white’ noise and chime like color of this piece. Very silvery in color. – Jim.

Determined – Featuring Paul Muller, Kavin Allenson, Roger Sundström, Lee Noyes and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Great mash! Love the opening organ of Paul Hertz who has been a recurring voice this weekend. As this one grows it’s like the anthem for our time in a way, really great. Ends with nice western motif acoustic tones. – Jim.

Jacob’s Ladder – Featuring Adam Kondor, Peter Thörn, Jeff Fairbanks & etc, Michael Mjollnir & etc, Bruce Hamilton, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Nice tembre’s between the acoustic tones from Jeff and the percussive and electronica with this one. This one really grows nice, thinking of Mark Isham in the color. – Jim.

Skip a Beat – Featuring David John Baer McNicholas, Benjamin Smith, Steve Moyes & David Perreko, Lee Noyes and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Tone scape woven together by walking line organ and earthen acoustic tones with metallic feel. – Jim.

Gray Skies – Featuring Chris Vaisvil, Norbert Oldani, Ken Palmer, Peter Thörn and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Peter’s neighbor voice comes in at a really cool time in this mash. The exploring of the piano lines and the environmental quite effective. Nice color in the electronica and insect like sounds floating about. – Jim.

Vista – Featuring Jeff Duke, Roger Sundström, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen x 2, Tom Izzo and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – The secret life of plants and not to take from Stevie but that’s what this track is saying to me. Seeing things growing, creeping up as if blades from the soil. – Jim.

Zero Hour – Featuring Jim Goodin, Shane Cadman, Lee Noyes and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Jim’s strumming gives a sense of countdown as the other voices join in intermittently. Elegant ending. – Paul. Thanks for including me Steve. Love Shane’s reverse against Lee and mine’s acoustic textures and the ending of this one. – Jim.

Brooklyn, 9th Street by Jim Goodin

Brooklyn, 9th Street by Jim Goodin

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Impro 09/16/10-#1 – Featuring Lee Noyes and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A more full-bodied sound from Jukka-Pekka this week. Something heavy and industrial is going on here. Builds a sense of menace from intimidating sounds. – Paul. Highways, tires roaring on the pavement, a tunnel, caverns, something industrial. Nice thickness in this one altogether Jukka. – Jim.

Few Aware – Wow! Some of your best ‘colour’ yet Jukka. This seems a departure or evolving or just exploring. Nice fluid slow motion, maybe even half speed. Very rich and nice surprise. – Jim.

Either Rite – A mix of worlds in this one from your palettes, some pulses and beeps and some as above, liquidity. Like the more tubular sounds. – Jim.

Greetings by Adam Kondor

Greetings by Adam Kondor

Adam Kondor
Highway Mirages – Featuring Charles A. Turner, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström, Jeff Fairbanks, Paul Hertz, James Ross, Michael Mjollnir, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen2x and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Two times running errands and listening to the thread pieces, when this one came on and I heard the ‘coin drop’ effect I turned to see what I had dropped! Very real. Like this a lot, wonderful ambiance in the mash and the lyrical guitar lead mid way is quite moving. – Jim.

Droplets – In Memoriam Caterina Boratto – Featuring Norbert Oldani, Bruce Hamilton, Lee Noyes and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Wading, moving through early morning waters, near the canals in Venice. Sounds from the window, chimes and near by musical tones float through the air. Over 50 films, quite a life… – Jim.

En Route – Featuring Peter Thörn, Lee Noyes and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – As if a painting, fluid fretless guitar lines. Dissonance and purity in the spaces as if oil colours thick with tone. Lovely interplay in the acoustic strings from the northern and southern hemispheres. Interesting soundbites interspersed. – Jim.

Gradus Ad Parnassum – Based on a Chord by Lee Noyes – Fine use of Lee’s chord through repetition. A sense of unfinished business here. – Paul. Neat evolution of ‘the lost chord’. – Jim.

Some Dadas for Peter – Featuring Benjamin Smith, Adam Kondor, Jean Arp, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Continued evolution of ‘the lost chord’ with electric keys and tones rising. Voices of the dadaism – “a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty.” – Jim.

Lions In the City – Featuring JC Combs, Tom Izzo, Benjamin Smith, James Ross, Shane Cadman, Ken Palmer, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Bruce Hamilton and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Return of J.C. obsessed opening the gates to the city. Excellent mix of ambient and electronics develops light on the top and darker acoustic keys down below as in the oceanic floor in a sense. – Jim.

Der Leiermann – Featuring Chris Vaisvil, Bruce Hamilton, Shane Cadman and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Wonderful textures and inspiration. Subtle delicacies in the orchestration as of being able to hear the piano pedal dampening occasionally. Lovely modernist colours and possibly thinking of Schubert in a modernist way. – Jim.

Lee Noyes
Gradus Ad Parnassum – A single guitar chord. Do not adjust your computer…. A series of squeaks and whistles as if there is loose wire.. Now a series of chords from the guitar. A certain feeling of anticipation from this piece. – Paul. Single chord manipulation by the lone piper Mr. Lee. Really interesting electronic colours all around it as the piece develops. Like the horn like burst near end. – Jim.

Peter Thörn & Roger "ErocNet" Sundström by Paul Muller

Peter Thörn & Roger "ErocNet" Sundström by Paul Muller

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
Ghost Bells – Bell tones that are… ghostly. The tones shimmer and remind me of wind chimes – very pleasing. – Paul. A feeling of ‘rubbed’ water glasses in mass generating the ringing bells, like floating through a cavern or chamber at first delicate and then later like a chainsaw forging the path through the uncharted. – Jim.

Space Reverie – A kind of ‘Geiger’ counter effect opens this piece that reminds me of a sound Lee had a while back. Evolves to more electronica even a bit sounding like the water-glass described on another track this thread and then decays. Maybe its radio telegraphy of distant galaxies and passing through one dimension to another. – Jim.

Reverie – The ‘gating’ on the opening of this one is interesting, kind of like drawing chalk marks on the pavement, there then the wind gradually blows away as if fading into the next passage. The effect continues into kind of ‘dub’ version to my ears of the early Star Trek like theme but maybe that’s too vivid of an imagination regardless a cool piece. – Jim.

Paratectonic – Featuring Peter Thörn, Lee Noyes, Bruce Hamilton,Tom Izzo and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Rubbery slightly fretless keyboard sound surrounded by quasar like silvery bursts as if in a carnival going through the hall of mirrors. Evolves to more metallic sounds with more mystery as if digging in the dusk of the desert seeking the latter days of the gold rush. – Jim.

Untitled by Kavin Allenson

Untitled by Kavin Allenson

Kavin Allenson
Our Lady of Perpetual Sublimation – Wow, a completely new sound from Kavin this week at the start of this piece. By :40 we are back in familiar territory – some lovely playing here. – Paul. Acoustic intricacy echoing so many influences that I hear in the last couple of generations of guitar players including myself. Well done Kavin and the enhancement of the electric parts particularly near end is really nice. – Jim.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Sep.17.2010 – Playful notes tiptoe in to the room. Light and breezy feel to this. Some seriously good keyboard playing. – Paul. Vibe patch and accuracy in keyboard skills pouring down like silver in this one Ben. Cool accented part @1:56. Ending section develops like hands everywhere. Good chops. – Jim.

And as normal with each edition here are the tracks Paul and I each contributed to the thread that weekend.

Paul Muller
Pipe Organ Study

Jim Goodin
Storm in Brooklyn
G Sharp
Color Burst

Remember to check out the ImprovFriday Radio podcast series published monthly by Paul and myself. The series is available on Podomatic at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com.  You may also find us in iTunes, just search ImprovFriday Radio and click subscribe!

The current ImprovFriday Radio podcast episode explores the ‘mash’ work created by J.C. Combs, Bruce Hamilton and Adam Kondor. Coming up soon on the podcast series will be an my interview with ImprovFriday member artist Steve Moyes. Look for updates about that show soon.

We would also like to invite you to learn more about the ImprovFriday community by visiting us on the Ning network at http://improvfriday.ning.com. So Paul and I will see you next time for another round of reviews and news from the ImprovFriday event thread for September 23 – 25. Stay tuned soon.

Jim and Paul

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

Chat Log from IF Video Concert Alex Carpenter-James Ross-Michael Waller

Chat Log from IF Video Concert Alex Carpenter-James Ross-Michael Waller

Chat Log from IF Video Concert Alex Carpenter-James Ross-Michael Waller

Chat Log from IF Video Concert Alex Carpenter-James Ross-Michael Waller

Callie's Crusade for the Cure, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Oct. 3rd

Callie's Crusade for the Cure, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Oct. 3rd

A personal note from Jim Goodin – Consider supporting the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Oct. 3rd.

A 'Gathering' of it's Own – ImprovFriday

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

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

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

And now the reviews…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knight Crossing – Featuring Chris Vaisvil and Peter Thörn (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Train crossing! Very close by – the trains must be passing over the microphone. The accompaniment adds to the ominous feel. Bells, horns – everything is telling me to step back! This piece gets the adrenalin moving. – Paul.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Muller
Dance to the End of Summer
Nine Years On

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

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

See you next week,

Jim and Paul
ImprovFriday Radio - Jim Goodin & Paul Muller

Introspective Tonality and Distant Galaxies, All Witnessed on ImprovFriday

ImprovFriday artists returned to last weekend’s (September 2-4, 2010) thread with another round of creatively challenging ‘new’ music. This event was particularly filled with much tonality and a range of contrasts as the title suggests. Our community is growing in new people who are responding to this web space of collaborative energy and, hence, each weekend the thread grows in new directions with a familiar foundation of those who have been there throughout.

With this event, a good balance between short and long pieces, some subtle, some raw and pronounced and some very eloquent and beautiful. And with that, Paul Muller and my [Jim Goodin] commentaries begin, here on the WhatsNewAtImProvFriday blog. Please take the time to check out the hyper-linked pieces of each participating artist from the event represented below.

Jeff Fairbanks
Bryna – Nice orchestral sound! Cool syncopation, good percussion groove going. – Paul. Artful percussion foundation that is quite more with cool popish sounding synth melody weaving through. – Jim.

David John Baer McNicholas
War Cock – Growling, snarling noises. Suitably fierce living up to the title. – Paul. Sometimes for some of the IF pieces I Google the name to see what it suggests. It was interesting nothing perse comes from War Cock, all derivatives none of which rings the images this track yields which is like sounds of my old state mascot from Arkansas, the razorback. Woo pig souie! – Jim.

Eat Shit and Die – Snappy guitar playing and some drumming. A sort of happy-go-lucky feel to this. – Paul. Wildly felt acoustic guitar groove in a Django style at times joined by paced drums in synchronicity, all with the tried/true phrase that seems to suggest in our time, ‘in your face’. – Jim.

Crazy Bird – Crazy bird – All birds are slightly crazy. Very outdoors. – Paul. Environmental, perhaps in the zoo at feeding or cleaning time. – Jim.

Saint Lee Harvey Oswald – Stretched tuning on the guitar – some mean playing… Great chopping and cutting here. – Paul. More of the raw acoustic guitar work of ES&D but with nice manipulation and reverse filtering in the middle. The electronic artifacts are of interest. – Jim.

Bludgeoning the Faithful. – Strong percussive beat – exotic. Nice electronica groove. – Paul. Good street beat like a bucket drummer, leads to manipulation both in edits and pitch change but rhythm track really neat. – Jim

Paul Hertz
In D – Beautiful figure, repeated 🙂 Evolves introspectively. Good use of echo around 5:30. Lovely ending. Well done! – Paul. Sounds like an evolution of the piece you did from last week Paul, Minimalist, in some ways. Clearly evolving to next place but echoes the influence nicely. Like the pulse and approach. Organ cadenza over the pedal tone is neat. Moves into the land of Riley and Reich as it moves to the conclusion. – Jim.

Chris Vaisvil
When God Comes Down From Heaven – Interesting texture to this – strong beat. Faintly Celtic? – Paul. Anthemesque and great John Bonham influenced drums carrying through. – Jim.

Finding Objections – Impressive saxophone licks – a sort of roaring like a large animal. Electronic sounds appear. A sort of buzzing sound, like bees pervades. Builds interestingly around 8:00. Glides along on a variety of sounds – nicely crafted. – Paul. Demented almost inhaled sax tone speaking wildly of John Zorn at times and actually our brother Peter. Actually thought it was him as I like this kind of emotive tone a lot. Electronics echoing other brother Jukka. Sounds combine becoming human voice like at times, scratch wheels and reverse and stutters are cool, really John Zornish throughout to my ears Chris. – Jim.

http://clones.soonlabel.com/public/improvfriday/mando/bowed-mando-a… – String sounds that seem combined in some way with brass horns. Solemn melody – lovely chords. Chant-like. – Paul. Really spiritual Chris. Middle eastern quality in your bowed instrument plays well, occasional variation with percussive guitar adds. – Jim.

http://clones.soonlabel.com/public/improvfriday/mando/ebow-mando-al… – Strong flute sound here with accompanying strings. South Asian flavor to this. – Paul. Love this! Opening is as many of us who knew of him praising Michael and keeping his voice alive then it shifts to neat mix of Frippish eBowed tone but more metallic edge. But as it moves to conclusion becomes more flute and voice like moan, resolves nicely. – Jim.

http://clones.soonlabel.com/public/improvfriday/mando/bowed-mando-v… – Distant sound – singing? Strings? Interesting sound as they combine in echoes. Very cool cymbal. Good diminuendo on the finish. – Paul. Far away and over the hills. Synth or processed voice done minimally breaths well here. Good decay on end. – Jim.

http://clones.soonlabel.com/public/improvfriday/mando/bowed=mando=b… – Deep solo bass notes repeated provide a strong sound. – Paul. Cleanly plucked fretted electric bass, repeated sequences gradually evolving to fluid lines as the piece develops but never loses the sense of the initial foundation groove. – Jim.

J.C. Combs
Jackie and the Beanstalk – Deep mysterious tones create an atmosphere of uncertainty. The sounds are almost like vibrations you can feel – like that very lowest note on the church organ. Voices appear with much echo. The booming is louder now – and pitches can be perceived, a sort of mournful chord. 60 Hz sounds are added and the intermittent clatter of something dropped. A good sonic portrait of what it must be like to enter the giant’s house at the top of the beanstalk. – Paul. Sense of ominous things about as if ants preparing for something deep and scary to wake up as they scurry about the underbrush. Clearly the giant is resting. I can see the shadows and I can see the plant-like tree towering into the clouds – I do have a vivid suggestive imagination. All aside, cool low-end with occasional metallic things beginning to creak as the piece progresses. The ‘hum’ weaves through as if leading us to climb and see. – Jim.

Glenn Weyant
http://www.sonicanta.com/audio/scuttling_mice_kestrel_and_glenn_wey… – Way fast violin and piano playing provide cool sounds. – Paul. Nice competitive frenetic dialog here Glenn. Like the fact the piano is sort of the in the forefront and the violin is almost ambiance but still very interesting figure and interplay. Well played. – Jim.

Kavin Allenson
Ursa Minor:3 Views – Fine guitar licks here – lovely playing. Beautiful chords in at 3:30. Effective use of echo. – Paul. Really beautiful and evocative Kavin. I hear where you have been and watch where you are going. – Jim.

Crychord Perfunkt – or otherworldly – feel to this. Cool use of the strings. – Paul. Electronic telephony, kind of the past and the not so past. Sets the stage in the beginning for interesting acoustic guitar workings later in the dialog. – Jim.

electric hair – Cool Kavin. Bit of Hendrix lurking and really nice mix of the one effect I can’t recall at this writing that’s part vocoder and part pitch mod and shoot what is it! I know it well and Jeff Duke is king of it. I digress, really cool modish track. – Jim.

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
Deep Web – Wonderful mix of sounds in all registers. Ominous sounds – like being in a strange harbor at midnight. – Paul. Really beautiful Jukka. Nice departure from your more frenetic pace. Explore more like this though contrast is always good. Well done. – Jim.

Tenth Exit – Industrial sounds now – the distant hissing of torches cutting metal, low rumblings. – Paul. Darker mood but still nice exploring. Subtle movement in your tones. Has a good far away quality. – Jim.

Jérôme Poirier
To Trap a Mockingbird – Featuring Steve Moyes, Shane W. Cadman and Jérôme Poirier (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Busy guitar strings. Birdlike chirps emerge from a swirl of sound. – Paul. Pensive and spacious with great escalating electronica in the latter part. – Jim.

To Trap a Bellbird – Featuring Roger “ErocNet” Sundström, Benjamin Smith, Paul Hertz and Jérôme Poirier (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – More birdlike sounds – created effectively from chopped up keyboard pieces. – Paul. Constructed and creatively edited between the lovely Bell Labs piece of Roger’s and the exploring keys of Ben and Paul. – Jim.

Norbert Oldani
Melodic Imro. over an Ostinato – Shimmering sounds shoot out – light touch but lightning fast. Very nice. – Paul. Quasar like reverse envelope sounds weaving between western tonality and the Far East at times. Like the patch Norbert. – Jim.

Two Samples Multiplied Together – Low rumblings – the snorting of some great beast? – Paul. The razorback returns… – Jim.

Sample Cloud of an Ancient Greek Kithara – A very taught sound, almost percussive. – Paul. How did you get up in the clo…. sorry, pensive again interesting sound patch here. – Jim.

Shane W. Cadman
Piece090310 – The looping of the two guitar samples seem almost like a phasing effect. The echo adds effectively to what would seem to be straight-forward playing. Well-conceived. – Paul. I like all the guitar work you are doing these days Shane, different path than the first pieces I heard of yours when I first joined though all well done. Has a nice western feel in the High Noon. – Jim.

Lee Noyes
The Crosswise Pattern of Things Now – The Crosswise Pattern of Things Now – Interesting mix of bumps and liquid sounds separated by silences. Pre or post-quake? Chirps and beeps, but very quiet. Like we are observing some feral activity. – Paul. Nice mix of sudden bursts and pans on the opening moments. As always much patience between your negative space and the sudden contrast Lee. Like the bass bump sound that is the bolder contrast. – Jim.

Bruce Hamilton
Kjash – Keyboard tones with echo produce a solemn melody. Now a flute joins in – short notes on the edge of the phrase. Now electronic sounds – a chilled feeling to this. A return of the keyboard riff ends the piece. – Paul. Def’ly ‘electro acoustic’ in feel and timbre. Sense of space by somewhat planned erratic pulsed. Calculated and well done Dr. Bruce. – Jim.

Still New Part 1 (rough) – Featuring Tasha Warren and Bruce Hamilton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Really cool Bruce. The opening mist like ambiance began to suggest something almost ‘Lost’ like as I watched two episodes this AM with my son then the clarinet sound enters which was really the cooler of cool. Quite fluid and acoustic with occasional electronica feel. – Jim.

Adam Kondor
Mozart Chiaroscuro – Mozart played on tablesaws! Reminds me of certain orchestra rehearsals of long ago… An aggressive sound produced by seemingly polite melodies. – Paul. Like traffic going backwards, the tape is rewound, the strings sound great in both directions! – Jim.

Bowles in Tangier – Featuring Benjamin Smith, Peter Thörn, Steve Layton, Norbert Oldani and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – A delicate sound, like wind chimes to which keyboard and sitar added. The sound seems to float and hover in front of you. The piano and sitar trade off, each going their own way. Exotic, relaxing. – Paul. Wild mash Adam, love the real sense of east meets west that comes out of this. Peter’s sitar like stuff is really strong. The chimes floating through equally. Good ending. – Jim.

Found Object – We are in the movie ‘The Seven Samaria’ – suitably exotic. – Paul. Almost comical and can’t help but think of the Monty Python here doing their spin of the Samaria. – Jim.

Guarded Optimism – Featuring Roger Sundström, Benjamin Smith, Bruce Hamilton, Lee Noyes, Kenneth Palmer, JP Kervinen, the voice of Martin Rees and Adam Kondor (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Nice glass-like tone at the opening. Soft notes by Ben Smith. Very atmospheric. interweaving of the piano pieces very effective. Turns ominous at 6:45 – the carefree feel of the keyboard pieces has left us. The text only amplifies the new mood. – Paul. Nice scape with a feel for post 60 Sci-Fi. Academic voice over or inclusion is a feel you bring to several mashes well Adam, always introspective and subtle message within. The snyth like ambient voices had a certain ‘haunt’ underscoring the minimalist uncertain narrative. – Jim.

DelphiIN – Processed speech! Can’t quite make out what is being said… Sounds political, but voiced by space creatures. A lot of Jukka-Pekka type sounds here… – Paul. Rather serious narrative commentary on the World in recent years by paradoxically playful Alvin and Chipmonk guy with a cool metalesque foundation. – Jim.

DRAMA – The Beatles tune and voices, followed by a beautiful choir at the finish – too short. – Paul. Nice weave, love the choir at end. – Jim.

Steve Layton
Reee! – Sharp cutting and pasting here – has the sound of musique concrete. Approximates some of Jukka-Pekka’s sounds but these have a softer edge. – Paul. Audio frequencies bouncing off the stellar surface like rain coming down. – Jim.

Piano Dream with Rider – Featuring Benjamin Smith, Roger Sundström x2, Kavin Allenson, Peter Thörn, Adam Kondor and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Sleek piano notes surrounded by lush orchestral chords. Beautifully atmospheric. Now voices, horses and a saxophone – a disruption of some sort. But the mood is restored and glides to the finish. The pieces for this mix were well-chosen. – Paul. Pristine piano lines encircled by haunting voices and saxophone. Piano grows in intensity acting like a flashlight looking through a mysterious chamber. – Jim.

Bump Drift – Featuring Lee Noyes, Kavin Allenson, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Lee’s piece adds mystery to this right away. Like drifting on a slow river at night. Jukka’s sounds end it on a strong note. – Paul. Things that go ‘bump’ in the night. Exploring. Sounds bit like sharpening things. Nice balance of electronic with acoustic sounds throughout. – Jim.

Forward – Featuring Paul Hertz, Steve Moyes, Peter Thörn, Chris Vaisvil and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – The organ figure keeps us on a steady course while the strings weave their light melodies. At about 4:30 a sort of ghostly choir rises from below. At 5:50 the organ becomes more animated and, joined by voices, a nice groove results. The organ returns to a soft, slow pedal tone to finish. – Paul. The minimalist quality in Paul’s organ moves this mash nicely along enhanced by Peter’s sleigh sounds. The guitar work and synth voices enter for a nice ending in the ‘forward’ motion it all suggests. – Jim.

Gardens of Babble On – Featuring David John Baer McNicholas, Adam Kondor, Chris Vaisvil, Kavin Allenson and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Ghost voices with darkness circling around acoustic frenzy, pulsed by slight funk lines in the bass. – Jim.

Skybridge – Featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Kavin Allenson, Shane Cadman and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Floating over imagination Steve. Like the guitar interplay and sense of a thing from above that your foundation gives. Nice decay out ending as if going in to the mist… Jim.

Traveler’s March – Featuring Adam Kondor, Jim Goodin, Chris Vaisvil and Steve Layton (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Nice to be included in this and love the way you grew the density of this Steve. Good sense of sureality in Adam and Chris’s orchestration and wash. – Jim.

Benjamin Smith
Ben.improv.Sep.1.2010 – Soft, solitary notes produce a mysterious feel. Reminds me of Thomas Bjornseth’s piano pieces (where has he been, anyway?) Solid playing here – a sort of question and answer dialogue at about 3:40. Thunderous towards the finish. Well-crafted. – Paul. Wow Ben has his keys back or something new. Excellent pristine acoustic piano piece, shines like the sun all through, delicate at first, really tasteful notes and then grows to beating the hell out of keys with tremendous passion. Welcome home Ben! – Jim.

Ben.improv.Sep.2.2010.a – Electric keyboard generates a subdued, solemn feeling. Quiet, introspective with just a hint of anxiety. The ending is like a music box running down. – Paul. Contrast but lovely exploring on a Rhodes like patch, soft and mellow as if looking under every leaf, every object about the room for that thing that I misplaced, was never there, was… – Jim.

Ben.improv.Sep.2.2010 – Music for the inside of computers! Interesting tones – metallic and echoey producing a shimmering texture. As the pitches get higher a sense of uncertainty increases. Lovely chord at the finish. – Paul. Steve Layton influence here to my ears and particularly in the synth patch. Has feeling in the lines of falling down like water in a waterfall. Good sense of the duality of the hands in this piece. Fall like the rain Ben. – Jim.

Roger “ErocNet” Sundström
The Light – Bright guitar and electronic sounds – wonderful, sunny feeling here. – Paul. The light delicate warm inviting. Cool blend figerpicked uke or guitar with reverse electronics. Good one Roger. – Jim.

The Light 2 – like staring at the sun. You can feel the light hammering at you! The slight changes in dynamic levels are effective. Lovely chord at 2:00. Beautifully realized – a brilliant piece! – Paul.

Bell Sound Studie – Bell tones reduced to their sinusoidal essence – ringing then slowly fading away. Almost like hearing sound in a vacuum – if that were possible. Interesting interaction with the overtones. A lonely feeling in this piece – reminds me of ‘2001 – A Space Odyssey’ sequences. Holds your interest over the duration. – Paul. Love this. First heard it on portable coming home and the way the sounds started were in the back behind my ears in the headphones. It was unclear for several moments whether I was hearing environmental along my walk or recording from the phones. Sneaks in like the warm fog. – Jim.

Vapor Anguish – Featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Paul Muller, Shane W. Cadman, Norbert Oldani x2, Peter Thörn and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Some serious guitar strumming in the opening along with Jukka’s electronic effects builds tension. Shimmering chimes provide the vapor. Anguish indeed! – Paul. Sort of Good Bad and the Ugly like theme over space age electric the Asian like koto patch enters with neat acoustic slide guitar section and gutter electronics that takes is home. – Jim.

I’m Happy – Featuring David John Baer McNicholas, Adam Kondor x3 and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – You are happy there Roger! This is neat, almost Pee Wee Playhouse in mood and equally cool street beat at the same time. Heck throw in the Tubbies as well. Nice groove. – Jim.

Slow-reacting Substance A – Manipulated are pitched down possibly processed prepared guitar and am thinking of that huge harp exhibit in California that’s like part of the landscape and huge. This sounds that way like it’s almost ‘found’ or part of another process. Neat. – Jim.

The First Electric Beard of an Adolescent Boy – Featuring Kavin Allenson, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Chris Vaisvil and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – First electric beard really nice ring mod leading in to ambient wash of electronics, drone and decaying voice. – Jim.

The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs – Featuring J.C. Combs, Bruce Hamilton, Peter Thörn and Roger “ErocNet” Sundström (contributing artist/mixer/masher) – Like time-lapse footage of beams of light sweeping across a canyon landscape, almost like a search light in the fog. As in ‘Jack’ one senses the greater presence below albeit good or bad. – Jim.

Peter Thörn
Fate – Distant busy string sounds create a sense of frenetic activity. The fates are weaving their cloth of history. – Paul. Wonderful raga fused tone going on here Peter. Definite sitar vibe and authentic feel, you really have this well and have impressed me with it as long as I’ve known you. It is indeed ‘Fate’. – Jim.

Spirits – Strumming chime-like sounds provide a sense of airy lightness, as if hovering in the air. Ephemeral, like sleigh bells off in a distant wood – was it really there at all? – Paul. Christmas… – Jim.

Poem – Sitars provide a distinctly North Indian feel to this. A story being told here and towards the end it almost seems like the sitar is speaking. – Paul. Peter this is marvelous. Didn’t know you had a sitar and wondering if you are getting this from your fretless guitar and some manipulation. In a sense the surprise is better as it’s just really nice feed for raga which you seem to be there subconsciously. – Jim.

Passing By – Passing by hammered dulcimer sounds like wind chimes blowing against each other in resounding chorus. – Jim.

Object Found – I did a piece early on in IF that Joseph Benzola exclaimed I sounded like Don Cherry. This is what I think here Pete. Really fluid voice like horn which is so you and the animated cultural voice blending in is indeed the ‘object found’. – Jim.

Kenneth Palmer
A Candle Thing – Video! Nice mix of music box and piano. A warm feel to this music. At times the music follows the dancing flame. Perfect ending. – Paul. A new step in our world here at IF Ken! The film is really nice, almost more within the shadows of the flame than the flame and lovely score which is your penchant, balance between keys and orchestration really nice. – Jim.

Dance Project – Simply beautiful. – Paul. Wow! Tremendous moves in the young woman’s balance between dance and yoga. The first time when she descends in a roll to the floor and your strings beautifully follow Ken is the peak. Nice exploring in your well placed orchestration throughout her moves. Nice ending release into black. – Jim.

Though we don’t review each others work via this blog Paul and I do participate in every ImprovFriday thread. These were our pieces from last weekend’s event.

Paul Muller
Labor Day

Jim Goodin
Approaching

Thanks so much for following ImprovFriday via this blog. We hope you find it challenging and interesting. ImprovFriday is a very vibrant and active community of musicians who are committed to creating and publishing new musical content every week which keeps this thread flowing.

In addition to the WhatsNewAtImProvFriday blog you should also check out the monthly ImprovFriday Radio podcast series on Podomatic.com and also accessible on iTunes. The recent August episode hosted by Paul featured the mash work of Bruce Hamilton, J.C. Combs and Adam Kondor. The September episode (soon to be posted) will feature and in-depth interview with ImprovFriday member artist Steve Moyes of the U.K. i interviewed Steve a couple of weeks back via Skype so please join me for a look at the work of Steve, a fine multi-instrumentalist and looping musician. The ImprovFriday Radio podcast is located at ImprovFridayRadio.Podomatic.Com.

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Cheers,

Jim and Paul
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