10/29/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 302)

12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 302

Date: 10/29/2013

Instrument: Tenor saxophone

Location: The performance hall at Chief Sealth High School.  Seattle, WA


In today’s improvisation, I worked with tightly contained bright tones in the upper register of the horn.    I wanted a thick, densely woven sound texture with an overall pitch distance of less than 3 half steps.  I used some dynamic variation, but overall maintained a steady stream of medium-loud volume.  I did occasional dip particular sections in volume or slightly accent specific tones in order to alter the rhythmic profile betting explored.  The tones in this improvisations centered around a concert F and F#, both of which are at the bottom of the altissimo (extreme upper register) range of the horn.  By using false fingerings, I pulled further microtonal pitches that existed between the F and F#, as well as some drifting slightly higher than the F#.  By cycling these pitches in a variety of combinations, I improvised different polyrhythms.

The root fingering from which all the sounds are originated was as follows:

(Left Hand) 1-2, octave, Low Bb // (Right Hand) Side Bb, High F# key.  To create the pitch variations and microtones, I cycled opened and closed the C key, Side C key and side Side F.


The image “Kansas” accompanying today’s post by Tod Papageorge (1969).