12/20/2014 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 12/20/2014
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)
Instrument: Tenor saxophone/harmon mute


During this improvisation I shoved a cloth bag into the bottom of my bell, inserted a harmon mute into the top of the bell and placed more cloth inside the harmon mute. This produced a very stuffy sound which stifled the air flow of the lower register bell keys, and although I blew with a large amount of air the sound was at a whisper soft dynamic level. I used the traditional Low Bb fingering and fluttered open and closed the Bb key while exploring sound colors in my embouchure. 

I recorded this improvisation at a very quiet dynamic level. I turned the gain up very high in post production to capture the full-spectrum of the sound profile, which was clearly audible to me in the room but was otherwise not captured fully on the unedited sound file.

The image accompanying today’s post by Clifford Ross.