New YouTube Posts: Hungarian #9 and "So What"

I've put up two new audio-only tracks on YouTube demonstrating different approaches to outside playing.

First Video on YouTube

I've created a video for my piece "New Work VI" and uploaded it to YouTube. I'm hoping this will be the first of quite a few as I'm enjoying playing with the video side of things and it's inspiring me to finish some pieces that have been languising for a while.

Two New Albums on Soundcloud!

I've gathered up the electronic pieces I wrote over the last year or so and pulled them together into an album, entitled New Work. I've also put together Phi Point, a collection of archive recordings that are now unavailable and of which I'm still fond. Both are free to stream or download.

Simple Pitch Class Set Transformations

We've looked at basic definitions and set out a numbering system for pitch classes that does what we want. Now it's time to see how powerful these ideas can be from an analytical perspective, and to develop some more ideas and techniques along the way.

R.I.P. Captain Beefheart

As you probably already know, the great Don Van Vliet passed away on Friday. If you don't know his music you can and should start searching YouTube or Spotify or whatever you preferred source of such things is and check it out.

Adventures in Side-Slipping, Part 1

I first heard about a technique called "side-slipping" in David Liebman's inspirational book A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody. My recent interest in the coscale relationship led me back to it, since both involve, at least initially, working with "scales" that have no root notes.

Feed Your Ears: Second Wave American Free Jazz

A lot of people know about the first wave of American free jazz: Pharaoh Sanders, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and the rest, along with the late work of John Coltrane. We'll have future posts devoted to those guys, but this one is about the ones who came immediately after them. Many were associated with Chicago rather than New York, and they brought an awareness of contemporary classical sounds to bear on the improvisational ethic of their forebears.

Fun With Ring Modulators

As I mentioned before, I've been playing with Usine lately and doing some free VST effect processing on the guitar. This has enabled me to indulge my love of ring modulators, so I recorded a demo of two free ones you can try out.

A Stretching and String-Skipping Workout

I've had about a month of enforced lack of practice; this happens to all of us from time to time. As I often do I devised a little etude to get my hands warmed up and in synch again. I'll be practicing this for the next couple of weeks, and probably using it as a warmup after that, so I thought you might like to try it yourself.

Exploring New Material with Motifs and Patterns

This post is about one way to develop ideas for licks out of simple material almost by a kind of "free association": you play something, find a bit you like, play around with it and so on.