11/22/2014 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 11/22/2014
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island) 
Instrument: Soprano saxophone


Today’s improvisation was once again on my soprano. This piece was in a way a response to my improvisation from yesterday (11/21/14), as I used rapid pitch movement and focused on extreme differences in the octave, but in this improvisation I used traditional tempered pitches. I used the altissimo G key in today’s improvisation as well, though here it was used with the actual G pitch as apposed to a much higher register dot of sound as in yesterday’s piece. There was a very playful motive that I quickly developed before I began recording, and I used this as a focal point throughout the improvisation and referred back to it often as a melodic spring-board.

The image “Longmont, Colorado” (1979) accompanying today’s post by Robert Adams (1979).