02/06/2016 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch Continuous Resonance Solo Project 2016

Date: 02/06/2016
Location: Thornton Creek House in Seattle, WA
Instrument: Tenor saxophone


I worked to pair tempered pitches alongside quarter steps, multiphonics, split tones and various other color textures in this piece. My aim was to maintain a fluid narrative not bound by any one approach, and open to follow the various pathways my mind seemed to wander down. For example, I began with aggressive swipes inside dense layers of activity, with the swipes occurring at fairly regular intervals. But as the piece progressed the swipes were replaced with occasional brittle chirps in the upper register, which were then replaced by a focus on double tonguing in tempered pitches with harder multiphonics interjected around them.

The image Let’s Walk to the Middle of the Ocean (2015) accompanying the post today by Mark Bradford.