10/30/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 303)

12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 303

Date: 10/30/2013

Instrument: Tenor saxophone

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


I fell into a very strange mood this afternoon, trapped between exhaustion and a kind of brooding feeling.  This lasted for a few hours without any kind of precursor, but simply came and went.  I recorded this improvisation in the midst of this experience, which included time during my practice session.  In this improvisation I wanted to impart my mental state of mind during this experience.  I wanted a clean, clear-minded approach, without any sadness or mellencholy but the simple recognition of a passing phase.  

In this improvisation I worked with a minor melody in concert F#, played with a combination of heavily bent tempered pitches and chordal accompaniment.  In the chordal accompaniment I chose sombre, beautiful chord shapes, as well as a single, far grittier multiphonic used to break up but none the less compliment the overall texture.  The piece was improvised freely once I had decided on the key center, and finally the chordal accompaniment.  The fingerings used during the chordal accompaniment were as follows:


(Left Hand) 2-3, Low C# // (Right Hand) 1-2-3, Low C


(Left Hand) 1-3, Low B // (Right Hand) 1-2-3, Low C


(Left Hand) 1-2, Low Bb // (Right Hand) 1-2-3, Low C

Multiphonic (leaning heavily on the G#)

(Left Hand) 1-3 // (Right Hand) 1-2-3, Low Eb


The image “Independent”, from “August 12, 1999"  accompanying today’s post by Douglas Gordon (1999).