A few months ago I thought I had lost my laptop’s audio interface, and there was a gig in 4 days. So I hastily ordered a new one and had it fedexed. It arrived the day of the gig (whew). About a day later, I found my old one hiding (essentially in plain sight).
I have not sold either. So I am out $350 or so. But the side effect is that I can keep my old one set up in my room by the piano, so I can just plop my laptop on top of the piano, plug in the card, and start recording. Therefore, I’ll be resuming my daily improvs. Excellent.
I notice that whenever I try a jazzy improv, it comes out clumsy, loud, soulless. So I’ll be doing two improvs per day: one in a jazz style and one in a classical style, in order to improve my jazz skillz.
Without further ado, here are the two for today.
Here is the Strange New Worlds session from October 18th.
- 01 – an idea that I want to come back to at shows: Evan and I play solid chords at random every two bars, and Eric does his thing. (And then, as usual, we see where it goes from there). It turned out very jazzy.
- 02 – all over the place, a “suite” more than a song, and it has some really incredible passages but has trouble holding together as a cohesive whole. In particular, I’m proud of myself for stepping outside my usual box and assigning more things for my hands to do than they are comfortable with.
- 03 – a song template we’ve been working on
- 04 – another suite, fools around in a bluesy theme for a while. Starting at about 9 minutes in, it gets moving on a really steady trance, which is quite cool. It also features a good amount of that classical tone that we get sometimes.
- 05 – short and sweet
- 06 – Evan the madman
- 07 – one of our typical sounding songs, pretty funky though.
- 08 – Crumbs of Mind – my favorite of the session, named after George Crumb whose piece “Black Angels” I quoted during the song. This one is very, very creepy, in a good way. Best with headphones.
- 09 – Nonstandard Soul – cool and soulful
- 10 – another funky one
- 11 – 3 and a half minutes of noodling (that’s what I get for not editing), followed by an interesting but not great slow, trippy jazzish thing.
- 12 – we were searching for a direction to take the last song. Evan said “one last freakout?”, and I said “something elegant”… the result was a little bit of both.
I was pushing various sorts of experimentation this session, since I had been growing a little tired of our “usual sound” (not that I think it’s bad, of course, but I hear it for three hours twice a week!). It turned out really well. I like all the tracks, and most of them are pretty unique, both in terms of what this band does and what music is like in general.