06/21/2014 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 06/21/2014
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)
Instrument: Tenor saxophone
Performed Acoustically


I spent the morning working with two fingering systems that created a very melancholic sound profile. When approached melodically, they functioned as an incantation of sorts. When paired together, the two fingerings created separate clusters with the following pitches: C#/D and G#A. I developed slight changes in the fingering systems as well as embouchure control to create a very melodic landscape with the following overall moldy: C#—-DC#—A-G#–. 

Though this improvisation was not originally inspired by the photo accompanying today’s post, I strangely had the image of a forest depicted through Japanese painting in my mind while playing. This image dose the vision justice.


The image accompanying today’s post is a traditional Japanese painting. Source unknown.