01/06/2015 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 01/06/2015
Location: Choir room at Chief Sealth High School. Seattle, WA 
Instrument: Tenor saxophone/Piano


This afternoon, between teaching students and leading sectionals, I found myself uninterrupted for about a half hour, a true rarity in a high school of over a thousand. I placed my mic set-up in the center of a baby grand piano. The lid was slightly open and I pressed down the sustain pedal throughout the improvisation. In order to capture a more muted tone quality in the recording, I played outside of the piano instead of directly into the strings. 

The image “The Day’s End” (1975) accompanying today’s post by Gordon Matta-Clark.