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« on: June 25, 2017, 09:49:48 PM »

This was a kind of cartoonish warm up to the birthday improvisation found here:
https://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php?topic=63324.0

Zoom was inside the piano. I'm just uploading the file with no editing, so the body of it is a full pieces of just over 7 minutes followed by fragmentary gestures recalling past efforts including the one titled Glorious Powerful Jubilant Sounds here: https://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php?topic=51904.0

Time and relativity are strange things. That last linked thread chronicled the start of my learning of Alkan's Concerto which seems like it was a decade ago. The current item being shared feels like I just did it, but it was in August, the material from Jubilant Sounds feels like I just tried it a second ago, but it was 2013, same as the Alkan. 

I'm having fun listening to old stuff, even wanting to share again things I've already shared. 'Tis life.

* 20160821Improv.mp3 (25461.22 KB - downloaded 25 times.)
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 09:37:30 AM »

Just finished enjoying this one, the rhythmic drive is unique, and I love the twisted use of pentatonic harmonies and modulations. Very clever! Was there any specific thought process behind this creation? thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 09:39:21 AM »

Thanks. There was no specific thought process. Just warming up. There was however a thought process to sharing it, just to cheer up the improvisation section after it had gotten a bit gloomy (including my own gloomy contributions). Nothing a matter though, multidimensional as we all are. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2017, 09:55:28 AM »

I really like the first section Dave, but if the term "noodling" implies triviality I beg to differ. Haptic means, i.e. those employing physical reflex, seem to me as valid and as capable as any "serious" process in the generation of ideas during improvisation. In any case, whether an end product is profound, happy, or some other quality to a listener depends mostly on the listener's brain and perhaps what he had for breakfast.  Sauguet, I read somewhere, when criticised for being superficial and quotidian, replied that there is, after all, such a thing as serious happiness in music, and I agree with him. However, if I attempt to relate it to specifically insouciant means of creation I find myself struggling in pretty deep aesthetic water.

I "seriously" think you might do well to employ "noodling" more often, and in ways of ever increasing complexity and "seriousness".
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2017, 10:10:11 AM »

I'd try, but then I'd not be noodling. I guess it's whatever happens when you completely let go, though I admit some of this had been in my head, and because it's recorded I get it stuck in my head and I don't know where it came from.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2017, 10:45:34 AM »

Of course. It's a word which means different things to different people. In any case, your sounds are very enjoyable, and that is all that matters in the end.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2017, 06:00:41 PM »

I tend to agree with Ted this doesn't sound like noodling but like ideas you're constantly morphing and forming as you go. Noodling to me is what you hear in an elevator and it's usually light jazz stuff. This actually reminds me of stuff Ted does at times but a tad more dissonant in places. Nice work!
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