01/05/2015 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 01/05/2015
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)
Instrument: Tenor saxophone


Today’s improvisation used layers of sound similar to those explored in the fingering system from my composition “A Song Cycle for Missouri.” In this improvisation I attempted to phase between regions of overtones within a common fingering system as well as phase in and out of sound regions within differing fingering systems. I had no particular trajectory from the outset, but trusted the horn and my intuition to guide me from one area of focus to another in an intuitive a fashion as possible. For me this became a matter of gravitating towards an area of sonic interest, which might include harmonic and/or rhythmic areas, as well as figures which elicited some emotion for me. 

The image “Cumulus” (2006/2008) accompanying today’s post by Tomas Saraceno.