06/21/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 172)


12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 172

Date: 06/21/2013

Instrument: Tenor saxophone

Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)


Today I worked on sound clusters with a hidden internal melody.  This melody then becomes the focus of action.  I recorded this piece at a medium volume and used a very tight, closed-off air flow while growling into the horn.  I had two primary goals in mind: create continuous gritty sound textures while maintaining an internal E to Eb melody, and to phase these sounds evenly into the E to Eb melody.  During the improvisation I established the busy atmosphere of the sound clusters and tried to evenly cross fade the melody into the forefront.  I then worked to evening phrase the gritty textures back in while masking the melody.  Later on in the improvisation I abruptly cut to the middle octave humming sound, and again tried to evenly phase back into the sound clusters, and finally the melody alone.

The fingering used was as follows:

(Left Hand) For F, B-G keys, Low B // (Right Hand) F-E keys, Low C.  

To create the E to Eb melody within the sound clusters, also add and then take away the Low Bb key in the left hand.  When this melody is played by itself, a Db drone natural occurs because of the fingering system.


The image “Head of a Women” accompanying today’s post by Naum Gabo (1917-20)