02/07/2016 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch Continuous Resonance Solo Project 2016

Date: 02/07/2016
Location: Thornton Creek House in Seattle, WA
Instrument: Tenor saxophone


In this piece I continued my current focus on singing into the horn with colorations in wide and narrow chord structures. I began by singing in mid register and progressively moved higher and higher, then resetting back in the mid register and beginning the climb in pitch again. I did not restrict myself to any specific sung pitches or fully adhere to climbing and then resetting, but used this only as a loose framework.

During this piece I wanted the singing to feel as though it were a natural part of the chord structures. For instance, I would sing upper register tones set against lower register fingerings, but then move my sung pitches into the low register and replace this now missing tone by introducing an upper register pitch from a multiphonic chord.

The image The Seeming Literal, Thus Faithful (2012) accompanying the post today by Justin Matherly.