06/14/2014 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 06/14/2014
Location: Glacier View campground. Lake Wenatchee, WA
Instrument: Tenor saxophone
Performed Acoustically


This weekend my wife and went to one of our favorite rustic campsites, the Glacier View National Forest campground at Lake Wenatchee, WA. The lake is located just East of Stevens Pass, and the cold wind blew straight down the mountain onto the lake this weekend.

On our second day into the camping trip, I decided to improvise a piece that utilized this wind. I set up my mic at the base of a large pine tree and waited for the wind to die down a bit. I then improvised using two pitches as the fundamental basis for the piece. I would lean away from the mic when the wind stayed calm, and lean into it when it picked up in order to accentuate the clipping in the microphone from the wind. In the last minute of the piece the wind became much more fierce, and I used this as an opportunity to explore more sustain in my sound.


The image accompanying today’s post is a few out at Lake Wenatchee from the Glacier View campground.