01/13/2013 (12 Moons Project Day 13)

12 Moons Solo Project Day 13

Date: 01/13/2013
Instrument: Soprano saxophone
Location: Home studio: Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)


This is my first pre-dawn improvisation, recorded this morning at 6:30am. I hope to record throughout this project at some point during each hour in a 24 hour period. 

This improvisation utilizes a single fingering played on a low Bb. This is a very “overtone” rich note on the saxophone, and through embouchure and air control there are bright, brittle tones, clusters and bends that become possible. With this fingering I alternate between periods of exploration with just air/embouchure movement, then the use of rapid single tonging. I tried to maintain the same area of range I explored before entering with the tongue, and then once I begin this rapid motion I worked to elaborate the color even more.