01/14/2014 (Improvisation 1 of 2. Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation using a timpani)


Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 01/14/2015
Location: Band Room at Langley Middle School. Langley, WA (Whidbey Island)
Instrument: Tenor saxophone/Concert Timpani

Notes: Improvisation 1 of 2

Between teaching two classes this morning, I explored improvising with a full-sized concert timpani in the band room at Langley Middle School. During this piece I bent over and put my bell against the head of the drum. I explored key clacking, striking my bell against the head of the drum, and swirling the bell against the head. I used the foot pedal to pull the captured tones up and down as well. The inner gears of the timpani were very addible while I was playing and became an integral part of the sound spectrum documented in this recording.

The image “Near Hawthorne, Nevada” (1988) accompanying today’s post by Emmet Gowin.