12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 150
Instrument: Tenor saxophone
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)
After working some time with more controlled textures during my practice session, I decided to improvise a piece that explored gritty tones and screaming through the horn. The end result was an improvisation that balanced clustered block sounds with dipping and diving muted tones.
I structured the improvisation to make constant reference to the screamed tones as the primary point of action. The secondary action, that being a lightening of tension filling more of a transitional role, included middle register pitches using the Fork F fingering with the right hand down. In these phrases I included extreme dynamic shifts from medium loud to nearly inaudible levels of quiet. I tried to make the phrases like swallows darting in and out of sight–full of action and constantly in motion. This contrasted the block, screamed chords, which I viewed as having more of a stable point of action. I used the Low B fingering with the Side Bb and Octave key depressed, which in and of itself creates a multiphonic major chord, but by overblowing the horn and screaming into it extraordinary colors are possible.
The image “untitled film still #16” accompanying today’s post by Cindy Sherman (1978)