Welcome to my MP3 page.  This page started as a place to post random mp3s of mine (old pieces, new pieces, etc.). However, after joining NetNewMusic, an event was started by one of the members called "ImprovFriday." Basically it was started to create fresh new pieces by whoever wanted to contribute every Friday. It grew to a worldwide weekend event and then a new site was started specifically for it. In September of 2012, ImprovFriday had a name change, and is now known as Sound-In. As you can see by my notes below, most of these pieces are created for Sound-In/ImprovFriday. If you're interesting in knowing more about how I make my improv pieces, CLICK HERE.

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12.15.17 Piece121517 We have another ImprovFriday event happening over at SoundIn. Here's another improv made with the Rickenbacker guitar, delay, reverb and looper.
12.8.17 Piece120817 There's a virtual holiday office party over at SoundIn this weekend. My musical contribution was made using a Rickenbacker guitar that is currently living at my house. Once again I'm using delay, reverb and looper. Apparently I'm the guy that's over in the corner of the party, lost in my own world. 
12.1.17 Piece120117 It's the first of December and it's Friday, so it's a perfect time for an improv. This is another improv made with guitar, delay, reverb and looper.
11.24.17 Piece112417 It's SoundIn time, and theme theme this weekend is "Looping Around" (which is right up my alley these days). Here's another improv made with guitar, delay, reverb and looper (with the new compressor pedal at the front).
11.17.17 Piece111717 These SoundIn ImprovFridays seem to roll around faster and faster. Here's another ThumbJam improv.
11.10.17 Piece111017 It's SoundIn weekend and we have a theme of "The White Keys." This improv was made using the ThumbJam app playing only the "white keys."
11.3.17 Piece110317 Another ImprovFriday at SoundIn and I'm back with the iPad. This improv was made using the ThumbJam app.
10.27.17 Piece102717 It's SoundIn event time again. More guitar, looper and effects.
10.20.17 Piece102017 The impact/influence of my new friend Samite is evident in this ImprovFriday improv. This is two tracks of kalimba with some processing.
10.13.17 Piece101317 It's SoundIn event time again, and theme time again. This time the theme is "Alternate Reality." While I was thinking about the theme when I made this improv, I couldn't tell you the connection. This is another one made with guitar, looper and effects.
10.6.17 Piece100617 Time for another ImprovFriday improv. It's been a busy, challenging week, so I took out the uke and made this quick improv. RIP Tom!
9.29.17 Piece092917 It's time for another SoundIn event this weekend, and there's a "Variations" theme happening. This is another one made with the DM1 and Animoog apps on the iPad. I guess that makes it sort of a variation from the one I made last week.
9.22.17 Piece092217 It's ImprovFriday time and it's the first day of fall. Happy Autumnal Equinox everybody! I'm using the iPad again for this one, and was in a percussive mood. This uses the DM1 app and the Animoog app.
9.15.17 Piece091517 Ok folks, I'm taking it a bit outside for this one. We have a theme at SoundIn this weekend and it's "mythology." At first I had no idea how to approach the theme, but the host of the event mentioned Pandora's Box, and that gave me a way in. This was definitely inspired by that idea, and was made with three iPad apps: Animoog, CagePiano & Sylo Synth, with additional processing added.
9.8.17 Piece090817 It's ImprovFriday time! Here's another improv using guitar, looper and reverb.
9.1.17 Piece090117 I'm hosting the SoundIn event this weekend, with the theme of "memento."  Here's an improv of remembering, again using guitar, looper, reverb and delay.
8.25.17 Piece082517 These ImprovFridays sure do roll around quickly. Here's another improv made with guitar, looper, reverb and delay.
8.18.17 Piece081817 It's SoundIn time again, and we have a theme of "Key of C." I went for C major with this one, using guitar, looper, reverb and delay.
8.11.17 Piece081117 This week marks eight years since I started making ImprovFriday musical improvisations and posting them online. Just for fun, I asked on Facebook if anybody had any requests for a particular instrument. I had a few different requests, and most I could accommodate, but when it came time to make the SoundIn improv, I was drawn to two of them. I started off with electric bass, played through the Timeline, Cathedral & Ditto X4 pedals. I then brought out the xaphoon, which I haven't played in years, and improvised a part over the bass part. I don't know where the urge to make vocal percussion sounds came from, but these are all about following where the muse leads. Here's to another eight years!
8.4.17 Piece080417 It's time for another themed SoundIn event. The theme this time "Fairytale or Mystique." I think there's some mystique to this one. Again, made with guitar, looper, and the Timeline.
7.28.17 Piece072817 There's a SoundIn ImprovFriday event happening this weekend, so here's another improv made with guitar, looper, reverb, and the Strymon Timeline.
7.21.17 Piece072117 The theme over at SoundIn is "The Old Man and the Song," which is inspired by Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea." I'm not sure if this fits the theme, but it is a song of sorts made by an old-ish man, so there you go. More guitar, looper and the Strymon Timeline. There's only me.
7.14.17 Piece071417 It's SoundIn ImprovFriday time, and it's back to the guitar for me. Here's another improv made with the looper and effects.
7.7.17 Piece070717 It's time for our official bi-weekly SoundIn event, and there's no theme this time. I'm using the ThumbJam app again, and having fun with looping and a single synth sound.
6.30.17 Piece063017 There's a Fourth of July theme this weekend for our epic five-day SoundIn ImprovFriday event. For some reason, I remembered that I had the ThumbJam app on my iPad so I pulled it up and made this improv. I had the theme in mind when I made it, but am not sure if it comes across.
6.23.17 Piece062317 "Sumer is Icumen in" is the theme for SoundIn this weekend. Here's another improv made with the R-05 inside the piano, and then delay and reverb added later. In my own way, I think this one has a summer feel to it.
6.16.17 Piece061617 I was drawn back to the old upright piano for my SoundIn ImprovFriday improv this week. This was recorded with the R-05 inside the piano, and then delay and reverb added later.
6.9.17 Piece060917 We have a theme again at SoundIn this weekend, and this time it's "poetry." For this one, I made an improv using the Alchemy synth app on the iPad, read one of my favorite poems, and then added some processing.
6.2.17 Piece060217 Decided to go back to the iPad for this SoundIn ImprovFriday improv. This was made with the DM1 drum machine app and the Alchemy synth app. Going old-school on this one.
5.26.17 Piece052617 There's another themed event at SoundIn this weekend, and the optional theme is "Life in the Gaps." I think this one fits.
5.19.17 Piece051917 Time for another ImprovFriday improv at SoundIn. Another one with the TimeLine and the Ditto X4. I'm using both loopers in the X4 for this one; one with a single repeating loop, and the other looping with the decay function so that as a new part is added, the previous part fades out over time.
5.12.17 Piece051217 I'm hosting the bi-weekly SoundIn event this weekend, and the theme is "Inside the Box."  What does that mean? Here are a few thoughts: 1. Play to your strengths/comfort zone. 2. Emphasize effects/processing. 3. Stay within strict parameters. It will be interesting to hear what everybody comes up with. As for my improv, here's another one using guitar, the Ditto X4 and the TimeLine.
5.5.17 Piece050517 It's ImprovFriday, and there's even a themed event going on over at SoundIn. The theme is "Big Tree." I'm not quite sure what it means, but I was thinking about it when I made this improv. Here's another one with guitar, the Ditto X4 and the TimeLine.
4.28.17 Piece042817 Back for another SoundIn event & improv, and I'm back with the guitar, TimeLine and Reflex. The theme is "Made for Mashing," which means that various pieces can be mashed together in one way or another. This is a pretty common thing at SoundIn, particularly by mash-master Steve Layton. I always assume (and hope) my improvs will end up in a mash or two. We'll see . . .
4.21.17 Piece042117 It's ImprovFriday, so here's another improv. I'm back to my acoustic-electric guitar, where I will probably be for a while as I have fun with the TimeLine. I'm using the Ditto X4 for the looper (and a smidge of reverb from the Reflex).
4.14.17 Piece041417 It's time for our bi-weekly SoundIn event, and we have a theme of Retro 80s Synth. Inspired by the theme, I made this improv using the Animoog app on my iPad. It's got that 80s vibe to me.
4.7.17 Piece040717 It's Friday, so it's time for another improv. On the bass again, running through the Timeline and the Reflex.
3.31.17 Piece033117 SoundIn is officially re-located and we're having our first official weekend event. The theme for this one is "Thinking Out Of The Box." I'm not sure what counts as being "on theme," but this one works for me. Yet another bass improv, made with the Strymon Timeline.
3.24.17 Piece032417 It's ImprovFriday time, and SoundIn is now at a new location on the fabulous interwebs (no dash anymore). Here's my latest improv. More bass, with looper and processing.
3.17.17 Piece031717 It's Sound-In time again and I decided to get a bit more adventurous. This one actually features drums! I came up with a drum pattern in the DM1 app and found a sound set I liked. I then recorded it while manipulating it in real-time. After that was done I improvised a bass part over it, running the bass through the Reflex.
3.10.17 Piece031017 Another Sound-In ImprovFriday and I'm still happily making bass improvs. Once again here's an improv  made with Fender Jazz bass, Lexicon Reflex and the Ditto X4.
3.3.17 Piece030317 It's Sound-In time again! There's no theme this time, so here's another bass improv for you, made with the Fender Jazz bass and the Lexicon Reflex.
2.24.17 Piece022417
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I made two improvs this week. I made one with my usual M.O., and then I made one to go with a video for our annual Sound-In Film Festival. Both are made on bass. You can see the video by clicking on the "Videos" link on the left.
2.17.17 Piece021717 I'm still in bass world these days (and probably will be for a while), so here's another improv for our Sound-In event this weekend. The theme is "sun," which I can kind of hear in this.
2.10.17 Piece021017 It's ImprovFriday time at Sound-In, so here's another bass improv, made with the Ditto X4 looper.
2.3.17 Piece020317 Time for another Sound-In event. There's no theme this week, so here's another bass improv for you. The processing is part of the original recording, coming from a Lexicon Reflex.
1.27.17 Piece012717 It's Friday, which means it's another Sound-In ImprovFriday. I'm in bass mode these days, so here's an improv made with Fender bass, looper and some reverb.
1.20.17 Piece012017 Time for another Sound-In event. There is an optional theme of "Rise." Not sure if this fits it, but here it is either way. Another one made with guitar, looper and processing.
1.13.17 Piece011317 It's the first Sound-In ImprovFriday of the year. One of my goals for the year is being deliberate about spending more time this year working with my guitars and looper pedal (Ditto X4). Here's a start.
1.6.17 Piece010617 The theme this week at Sound-In is Anti-Music. This is a tough one for me, as I hear music in everything. What I ended up doing was recording bit of the rain we've had lately coming in to our leaky shed (which has some drums in it). I organized what I recorded into a simple structure, but this is probably as far away from "music" as I get. That said, it's still music to my ears.
12.30.16 Piece123016 It's ImprovFriday time at Sound-In - the last one of the year! I found out late on the 28th that one of my music professors and composition teachers at Cal State Fullerton, Lloyd Rodgers, passed away earlier that day. This improv was made with his music in mind. This is three tracks of electric guitar. RIP Lloyd!
12.23.16 Piece122316 I am hosting the Sound-In event this weekend, and the theme is winter/Christmas. I've been thinking a lot about the situation in Aleppo lately, and while it's good news that many civilians are currently being evacuated, the situation is still tragic for so many of the refugees both there and abroad. I made this improv with them in mind. It was recorded on my upright piano and then processed with delay and reverb.
12.16.16 Piece121616 I'm back on the nylon-string acoustic-electric for this Sound-In ImprovFriday improv. This is a single take recorded onto both a mono track and a stereo track. I added some delay to the mono track and reverb to the stereo track.
12.9.16 Piece120916 Here's my contribution for the Sound-In event this weekend. It was made with me playing some of my percussion instruments and then playing a melodic part with the Alchemy snyth app on my iPad.
12.2.16 Piece120216 We're back to ImprovFriday at Sound-In, so here's one made with doumbek and mandolin (with some duplicating and processing).
11.25.16 Piece112516 There's a theme this week at Sound-In, which is "oncoming." I'm not sure if this fits, but then again, I'm still trying to get my head around the possible meanings of the theme. I made this one in the wee small hours on my old upright piano. It was recorded with the R-05. The processing was added a later; some stereo delay and reverb to taste.
11.18.16 Piece111816 Here's a simple ImprovFriday improv for Sound-In, made with the Animoog app on the iPad.
11.11.16 Piece111116 The theme this week at Sound-In is "45," and I guess the closest I get to the theme is that this improv could fit on a 45 record. This is four mono tracks from the SH-101. The rhythm parts were sequenced in the SH101 and then recorded. The melody track was improvised/recorded over the rhythm tracks and then duplicated.
11.4.16 Piece110416 It's ImprovFriday again at Sound-In and I'm still having fun with my SH-101, again with some processing.
10.28.16 Piece102816 There's no "mandatory" theme for our bi-weekly Sound-In event this weekend, but there is an optional "Halloween" theme. I don't know if this fits the optional theme or not, but it does get a little "spooky" at then end. This is made with my SH-101 synth. I sequenced the bass part first. Then I recorded the sustained line, which I then duplicated, delayed one a bit, and panned them to each side. 
10.21.16 Piece102116 It's ImprovFriday again at Sound-In and I'm back with the iPad. This one was made with the Alchemy app.
10.14.16 Piece101416 The theme at Sound-In this weekend is "desert." I'm not sure this fits the theme, but that's more up to the listener than the creator anyway, so I'll let you decide. This was made using the DM1 app on the iPad. I used the same rhythm that I used for last week's improv, changed the sound set and sped it up. My original intention was to use the rhythm part as the foundation, but then I had fun messing with delay so I decided this would be it, all made in one pass in real-time.
10.7.16 Piece100716 It's another Sound-In ImprovFriday, and I decided to get back to the iPad again. This was made using the DM1 app and the Animoog app. For the drum pattern, I typically work quickly to come up with something interesting and then I find a good instrument in the app for it. The same thing with the melodic sound. I try to find something I like as quickly as possible to keep in the improv spirit.
9.30.16 Piece093016 There is no theme at Sound-In this weekend, and since the sax was still out, I decided to use it again. I used some delays, and had fun moving between pitch and breath.
9.23.16 Piece092316 I was using the sax for a project I'm working on, so it was a perfect time to use it for this Sound-In ImprovFriday improv. I found a couple of delays I liked (one mono, one stereo) and recorded the improv.
9.16.16 Piece091616 We've got a theme this week at Sound-In, and it's "Eb." I actually made this before the theme was chosen by our host, but as luck would have it, the starting pitch is Eb. Or is it D#? Anyway, here's another piano improv with plenty of reverb.
9.9.16 Piece090916 It's ImprovFriday at Sound-In, and I decided to get back to the old upright piano. I recorded this improv with no processing, but with a delay in mind. After a few minutes of experimenting, I ended up with a stereo delay that I liked, so here you go.
9.2.16 Piece090216 There wasn't really a theme this week at Sound-In, so here's another improv made with the Korg Triton. Relax.
8.26.16 Piece082616 It's Friday, so that means it's time for another Sound-In improv. This is one stereo track made with the Korg Triton.
8.19.16 Piece081916 I'm hosting the Sound-In event this weekend, and I've opted for going without a theme this time. Since I had the guitar rig out and set-up, I decided to use it for this one. This is two tracks of guitar, with one of them doubled and delayed slightly.
8.12.16 Piece081216 Here's another Sound-In ImprovFriday improv. This is two tracks of electric bass.
8.5.16 Piece080516 The theme this week at Sound-In is "fusion." I can't really do that in the jazz sense, so this improv is as close as I can get to that concept. I made this using two different sounds from the same soft synth in Cubase. On another note, this event marks (almost to the day) my seven-year anniversary of posting these improvs, and I haven't missed a week since I started. I've made about 370 improvs totaling almost 25 hours of music in that time.
7.29.16 Piece072916 Time for another Sound-In ImprovFriday improv. This was was made with a soft synth in Cubase.
7.22.16 Piece072216 The theme this week at Sound-In is "water/breeze." I made this using iPad apps with the theme in mind.
7.15.16 Piece071516 It's Sound-In ImprovFriday time!. One more inspired by my friend Steve Moshier. He is missed!
7.8.16 Piece070816 We've got a theme this week at Sound-In and it's "Deep Space." I made this inspired by the theme. This is two different electric guitar parts with some duplicating and heavy processing. Play it loud!
7.1.16 Piece070116 Another Friday, which means it's time for another Sound-In improv. Here's another one inspired by my friend Steve Moshier. RIP Steve!
6.24.16 Piece062416_ElegyforSteveMoshier Composer, musician & educator Steve Moshier passed away this past week unexpectedly. He was friends to many in the Sound-In community, and was a friend of mine for around 30 years. He was also one of the composers that influenced how and why I make music. This week the theme at Sound-In is in honor of Steve. For my improv, I used a vibraphone sound in his honor, as it was his main instrument. I recorded audio and MIDI at the same time as I improvised this. Steve also loved making gritty electronic music, so I found a sound on one of my soft synths and used the MIDI track to add a bit of texture to the improv.
6.17.16 Piece061716 Time for another Sound-In ImprovFriday, and I decided to use my acoustic-electric guitar on this one. Just two tracks and a bit of reverb.
6.10.16 Piece061016 There's no theme this week at Sound-In and it's been another busy week, but this time I had access to the Steinway at work. Here's another piano improv, this time with some reverb added.
6.3.16 Piece060316 This is a very busy week, so I made a quick Sound-In ImprovFriday improv with the upright piano and the R-05. There is no processing or edits.
5.27.16 Piece052716 Piece052716-2 There's a theme this week at Sound-In and it's "Change It Up." I started off with an improv made with an ambient soundscape recorded in my backyard a while ago as the "accompaniment" to a mandolin improv (which I then doubled, panned and added delay to each track). Then I made a second version using all sorts of noisy processing on each of the three tracks, thereby "changing it up." Both versions are posted here.
5.20.16 Piece052016 Back to the electric guitar for this Sound-In ImprovFriday improv. This is a three-track improv recorded direct into Cubase. First I found a plug-in effect for the guitar that inspired me and edited it a bit to make it more interesting. Then I recorded a short two-measure bit, which I looped. Next I improvised the left channel part, and then the right channel. Pretty straightforward.
5.13.16 Piece051316 "Life" is the theme at Sound-In this weekend. This improv was made on kalimba, with some delay added after the recording was made. It features sound and rhythm, the things of life.
5.6.16 Piece050616 I decided to go for something a bit different with this Sound-In ImprovFriday improv. This is a single track, single take improv made with piano and kalimba recorded on the R-05 recorder.
4.29.16 Piece042916 I'm hosting the event this weekend at Sound-In, so we've got a Prince theme happening. This improv was made using the Telecaster -> Earthquaker Bellows -> Vox DelayLab -> EHX Cathedral -> Fender Vibro Champ, recorded with my Roland R-05 recorder in front of the amp. The Prince connection is hidden in there.
4.22.16 Piece042216 It's ImprovFriday, and I decided to go back to the old upright piano for this one. It was recorded with the R-05 and then I added the stereo delay afterwards.
4.15.16 Piece041516 I've got a full week, so here's one more Sound-In improv using Telecaster -> Lexicon Reflex -> Ditto X4 Looper -> direct into Cubase. I could make these all day, every day. So much fun!
4.8.16 Piece040816 It's another ImprovFriday, so here's another Sound-In improv made with Telecaster -> Lexicon Reflex -> Ditto X4 Looper -> direct into Cubase.
4.1.16 Piece040116 The theme this week at Sound-In is "Positive Energy" (to combat all the negativity in the world these days). Hopefully this one has a positive vibe to it. It was made with Telecaster -> Lexicon Reflex -> Ditto X4 Looper -> direct into Cubase. It's got a U2/Edge feel to it, which is just fine by me. I just went with it.
3.25.16 Piece032516 It's a 'Good' ImprovFriday at Sound-In. Here's another improv using the Telecaster -> Earthquaker Bellows -> Vox DelayLab -> EHX Cathedral -> Fender Vibro Champ, recorded with my Roland R-05 recorder in front of the amp.
3.18.16 Piece031816 There's a theme at Sound-In this week, and it's "Disguise or Emphasize." There's definitely an emphasis on delay in this one, so I'm going with that. Last Friday I won an Earthquaker Bellows pedal, which arrived this week. What you are hearing in this improv is Telecaster -> Earthquaker Bellows -> Vox DelayLab -> EHX Cathedral -> Fender Vibro Champ, recorded with my Roland R-05 recorder in front of the amp.
3.11.16 Piece031116 Another ImprovFriday at Sound-In. This is a mono track mandolin improv with delay added. I then duplicated the track, panned them hard left and right, delayed the right side a bit, changed the delay on that track a bit, and brought that track down a bit.
3.4.16 Piece030416 It's Friday and we've got another event going on at Sound-In. This is a two-track improv made using the DM1 and Animoog apps on the iPad. There is some real-time processing on the DM1 track, and the "distortion" is intentional.
2.26.16 Piece022616 It's the end of February, which means that it's time for the annual Sound-In Film Festival! I found yet another public domain film and added a piano improvisation to it. I then processed the video a bit to change things up. You can see the video by clicking on the "Videos" link on the left.
2.19.16 Piece021916 There's no theme for the Sound-In event this weekend, so here's another piano improv made on the Steinway.
2.12.16 Piece021216 It was time to head back to the Steinway piano at my theatre for this ImprovFriday at Sound-In. The improv was recorded with the R-05 recorded and there is no processing. Yesterday I found out that one of the students at Whittier College (where I work) passed away. This was made before I heard the news but somehow it seems fitting. 
2.5.16 Piece020516
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It's event time at Sound-In and I decided to switch things up and get back to the bass for a bit. I've heard so many great players lately (including Victor Wooten at my theatre a couple weeks ago), that I needed to make sure I can still play it. It's still one of my favorite instruments to play. I couldn't decide how I wanted to mix this, so I made two versions. There are only two improvised tracks, but in version two I duplicated the solo, separated them by time a bit and panned them left and right. In version one, each track is panned hard left and right. There is no processing on any of the tracks.
1.29.16 Piece012916 Another ImprovFriday at Sound-In, another guitar improv.
1.22.16 Piece012216 We've got another event going on at Sound-In and I'm still deep in the guitar improvs. I made this one thinking about all the recent losses in the music world. Again, trying to focus on hope and gratitude. I'm so grateful for the music that is made that then makes our lives better.
1.15.16 Piece011516 It's another ImprovFriday at Sound-In, so here's another guitar improv. This one's heavy on the reverb.
1.8.16 Piece010816 The theme (if you can call it that) this week at Sound-In is "The Process," which is more about explaining the process of making the work than it is about informing the work. I usually explain how I make these here, so I'll carry on as usual. As I mentioned in the notes from last week, I have been spending time with my Lexicon Reflex reverb unit, creating some different effects and saving them. This is another acoustic guitar improv made with one of the settings I came up with. I'll probably be doing this for a while. This one is in and around the key of A minor.
1.1.16 Piece010116 Happy New Year! It's the first day of the year, and it happens to be a Friday, so it's time for another ImprovFriday event at Sound-In. I've had this idea for for a while to make some ambient music with my guitar. The other day I took out my old Lexicon Reflex reverb and started messing around with it. After a bit of editing, I came up with an effect I really like. This is a single track, single take improv made with my nylon string guitar. I wanted to started out the year with something that sounded hopeful and beautiful. This feels that way to me.
12.25.15 Piece122515 It's Friday and Christmas Day, so of course there's a holiday theme going on at Sound-In - "Christmas Presents or Presence." The loop is two tracks made with the ThumbJam app. I then recorded two ukulele tracks over it. I'm not sure if this is on theme or not, but here it is.
12.18.15 Piece121815 There's another ImprovFriday event at Sound-In, so here's another two-track electric guitar improv.
12.11.15 Piece121115 Every now and then I like to go a little more "outside" with my improvs, and since the theme this week at Sound-In is "Wrong Notes or Just in Between" I figured this was a good time to push things a bit. This is two tracks of electric guitar with processing. The track on the left was recorded first, with a lot of bending the strings to get "in between" the notes. The track on the right was improvised while listening to the first track.
12.4.15 Piece120415 It's another Friday, so here's another Sound-In improv for you. This was made using the Animoog and Alchemy synth apps on my iPad. I definitely had the attack on Wednesday on my mind. Still do.
11.27.15 Piece112715 The theme at Sound-In this week is "leaves," so I went outside and recorded leaves (and other sounds) on this breezy day. I then added an improvised sax solo (which I duplicated, panned each track left and right, and processed them each a bit differently).
11.20.15 Piece112015 It's ImprovFriday at at Sound-In again, so here's another quick two-track guitar improv.
11.13.15 Piece111315 I'm hosting the Sound-In event this weekend, and there's no theme, so I made another two-track guitar improv. Again this was made with the Telecaster running through the pedal board and direct into Cubase. I messed around with the Vox DelayLab pedal until I came up with something inspiring and took it from there.
11.6.15 Piece110615 It's another ImprovFriday at at Sound-In, so here's a quick two-track guitar improv. This was made with the Telecaster running through the pedal board and direct into Cubase.
10.30.15 Piece103015 The theme at Sound-In this week is "Halloween/Trick or Treat," so I jumped straight for the obvious instrument choices and made this improv using the Garageband and Alchemy synth apps on my iPad.
10.23.15 Piece102315 It's ImprovFriday time at Sound-In! Here's another one with the old upright. I recorded sparse single notes, with the idea that I would add some stereo delay (two quick repeats to be exact) to the track once I was done. Once I had what I wanted, I duplicated the track and then reversed the duplicate. I think it came out pretty cool.
10.16.15 Piece101615 The theme at Sound-In this week is "sacred sounds." I believe that there is sacredness in sound and music, and this sacredness is a big factor on the kind of music I make. In the spirit of the theme and improvisation, I made this two-track improv with the Animoog synth app on my iPad. I first improvised a simple "bass" part, which I then copied and pasted a few times and added a final tonic to end it. I then improvised the second track in real-time over it. All processing comes from the synth.
10.9.15 Piece100915 It's Friday, so it's time for another improv. Decided to get back to the old upright piano for this one. The stereo delay was added after recording the improv.
10.2.15 Piece100215 "Community" is the theme this week at Sound-In, and at first I couldn't think of how to make an improv that fit the theme. Then I started thinking about the community (and communities) around me, picked up the guitar and started recording. As I started improvising the first track (on the left side), I realized that I was deeply affected by the shooting yesterday at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. I think some of that emotion showed up here. I then improvised the part on the right over it and added some reverb on the final mix. I think there is both lament and hope in here.
9.25.15 Piece092515 Another ImprovFriday event at Sound-In this week, so I made another improv with the melodica and the Loopy HD app.
9.18.15 Piece091815 The theme this week at Sound-In is "fast," and since I'm not a great technician, I decided to enlist the delay pedal to help me out. This is three tracks of guitar improv, Telecaster into pedal board (delay, then reverb) into the mixing board into the computer. Track one was played first and is panned to the left. Track two was second, and panned to the right. Track three is in the middle.
9.11.15 Piece091115 My Sound-In ImprovFriday improv this week is made with 9/11 in mind. This was made using the melodica and the Loopy HD app.
9.4.15 Piece090415 Here's an off-theme improv for Sound-In, once again using the melodica and mandolin.
8.28.15 Piece082815 We've got another ImprovFriday event happening at Sound-In, so here's my improv, made with the mandolin and the melodica.
8.21.15 Piece082115 There's no theme this week at Sound-In, so I was free to go where my ear would take me. This was made using GarageBand on my iPad.
8.14.15 Piece081415 It's an off week at Sound-In, but here's an improv made on the Steinway at work.
8.7.15 Piece080715 The theme this week at Sound-In is "C Major Pentatonic," so I made this with my guitar and the SrutiBox app on my iPod Touch. It's mostly on theme. On a side-note, today marks six years of making these improvs, and not one week missed.
7.31.15 Piece073115 There's no event this weekend at Sound-In, but I made a quick improv on the Steinway at work.
7.24.15 Piece072415 And here's my usual Friday Sound-In improv, made with the old upright piano (with some reverb added).
7.23.15 Piece072315 I'm "hosting" the Sound-In event this weekend, and while I've decided that we won't have a theme this time, I figured that the least I could do was put an improv on the first day of the three-day event. This was made with the NLogFree app on my iPod Touch and the tenor ukulele.
7.17.15 Piece071715 Another ImprovFriday event going on at Sound-In (one day and improvs only), so here's an improv made using the Sylo Synth app on my iPad.
7.10.15 Piece071015 There's a fun theme going on over at Sound-In inspired by various titles. I made a quick improv and posted it there, but I also made this one with my nylon-string guitar and the Alchemy app on my iPad.
7.3.15 Piece070315 We've got an ImprovFriday event going on at Sound-In (one day and improvs only), so here's an improv made on the Steinway at my theatre. This was recorded with the R-05 and there is no processing.
6.26.15 Piece062615 The theme this week Sound-In is "Isolated and Intermittent." I think this piano improv fits the theme.
6.19.15 Piece061915 We had a special Sound-In event thjis week for our annual fundraiser to keep the site running, so I made another piano improv. Plenty of reverb this time.
6.12.15 Piece061215 I realized that I haven't used my upright piano for my Sound-In improvs in a while, so it seemed like a good idea to return to it. The theme this week is "ambient," so I recorded an improv using the R-05 inside the piano and then processed it.
6.5.15 Piece060515 Even though there is no official event at Sound-In this week, I can't stop making these improvs (even with my daughter getting married tomorrow). This one is made using the Bebot app using the looper setting. I recorded the track live into Cubase, then duplicated it, panned them left and right, delayed the copy a bit, and applied different amounts of reverb to each. Simple.
5.29.15 Piece052915 There's no theme at Sound-In this week, so here's a quick improv on guitar, with plenty of delay.
5.22.15 Piece052215 An ImprovFriday event today at Sound-In today makes for an improv with guitar and rain.
5.15.15 Piece051515 The theme this week at Sound-In is "contrasts." I made this improv using my SH-101 and my nylon-string guitar with the theme in mind.
5.8.15 Piece050815 There's another special ImprovFriday event going on at Sound-In today, so here's a solo improv made using the SH-101.
5.1.15 Piece050115 Back to the SH-101 for my Sound-In improv this week. This is two tracks (one sequenced using the SH-101 sequencer) with some doubling and processing.
4.24.15 Piece042415 Looks like we've got a special ImprovFriday event going on at Sound-In, so here's a two-track electric guitar improv.
4.17.15 Piece041715 Time for another Sound-In improv. In the mood for something mellow time, so here's a solo guitar improv using the Taro Patch tuning.
4.10.15 Piece041015 There's no Sound-In this week, but I'm too hooked on this to not make an improv. Here's one made with my Telecaster and my new nylon-string acoustic-electric. All effects come from my pedal board.
4.3.15 Piece040315 This week the theme at Sound-In is "bells." Since it's another busy week, I decided to use the ThumbJam app on my iPad and make a quick using the glockenspiel sound. I first recorded a two-bar loop and then improvised over it, having fun with the different octaves, and changing up the delay a bit in the process.
3.27.15 Piece032715 Starting last week, Sound-In is moving to an every-other-week format, so that means they're off this week, but not me. Earlier this week I received a scam phone call on my voice message machine and because I was intrigued by the sound and accent of the voice, I decided to record it and use it here. I chopped it up into different pieces, improvised a synth part with the Alchemy app on my iPad, and ran it all through a delay. 
3.20.15 Piece032015 Time for another Sound-In improv made with my new guitar. I plugged it in, found a delay setting I liked and recorded a track. I then recorded a second track, panned the tracks left and right, and added a touch of some reverb on the top. Nothing fancy.
3.13.15 Piece031315 This Sound-In improv is about as simple as it gets. I grabbed my new guitar and my R-05 recorder, sat on the front porch and recorded this.
3.6.15 Piece030615 Here's my first Sound-In improv made with my new nylon string acoustic-electric guitar (the Yamaha NTX900FM, which I love). The theme for this week is "Beats/Percussion," so I decided to make something on theme using only the guitar. This was made in real-time using the Boss RX-20XL looper. Once it was done, I duplicated the track a couple times, messed with the EQ differently on each tracks and added some processing.
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Today is my 50th birthday, so I decided to something connected to it for my Sound-In improv this week. I started off by making a three-track improv with acoustic upright piano (recorded first), electric bass (recorded second) and electric guitar (recorded last). I purposefully made this exactly one minute long, representing one year (but not in any programmatic way). I then stretched the improv 50x, to make a long and slow-moving piece, representing 50 years. For the stretched version, I did add some harmonic content at the octave and fifteenth through the stretching software. Both versions are here.
2.20.15 Piece022015 Another February means that it's time for the annual Sound-In Film Festival (now in our 5th year)! I found another public domain film and improvised some music for it. Like last year, this was made with the Telecaster, but this time I ran it hrough my pedal board into the RC-20XL looper and then into Cubase. This was all made live, with no edits to it - just a bit of reverb added at the end. You can see the video by clicking on the "Videos" link on the left.
2.13.15 Piece021315 Another busy week, so another quick Sound-In improv. This is two tracks made with the Telecaster. 
2.6.15 Piece020615 I have a busy week going on, so here's a quickly made ukulele improv for Sound-In. Two tracks with some processing.
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Another Sound-In improv made on the Steinway D at my work (and recorded with the R-05). I made two versions: one with no effects (dry) and one with some reverb (wet).
1.23.15 Piece012315 Here's a solo sax Sound-In improv (with some processing).
1.16.15 Piece011615 I lost my friend Justin a year ago today. For my Sound-In improv this week, I wanted to make something that sounded hopeful. I used the ThumbJam app to make a little glockenspiel loop (with delay in it), and then improvised a sax solo over it. I'm not exactly sure what hope sounds like, but I think I got near to it. It certainly came from the heart. This one's for you, Justin!
1.9.15 Piece010915 Back to the ThumbJam app for this for this Sound-In improv. Again, something simple and beautiful. Well, at least I think so.
1.2.15 Piece010215 With one year just over and a new one just beginning, I went back to the Telecaster (and some processing) for this Sound-In improv. Life's rich pageant grows richer in every way as I get older, so I wanted to make something simple . . . reflective . . . hopeful. This is also what I want for 2015.
12.26.14 Piece122614 As promised, here's another ThumbJam Sound-In improv. This was all made inside the app, with no additional processing. Just a loop with some improv over it.
12.19.14 Piece121914 I bought a new (older) app this week for my iPad called ThumbJam. It was on sale for $2, so I couldn't pass it up. It as all sorts of great samples in it, so I found one I liked (hammered dulcimer) and decided to use it for my Sound-In improv this week. What I did was record a short loop, and then improvise a melody over it, purposefully playing on and around the beat. This app will be getting some more use in the future for sure.
12.12.14 Piece121214 For my Sound-In improv this week, I went back to the upright piano and R-05 recorder. I quickly improvised a piece with staccato and silence in mind. I then processed the improv with delay and reverb, and here you have it.
12.5.14 Piece120514 I'm in an ambient mood, so here's three tracks of the Telecaster for my Sound-In improv. I choose the reverb setting prior to recording and only made some minor EQ adjustments afterwards.
11.28.14 Piece112814 I decided to go with the iPad and electric guitar for my Sound-In improv. I started off with the percussion part (DM1 app again), which I manipulated in real-time as it recorded (and then added some panning processing after the fact). Then I improvised two guitar parts, listening to the recorded parts as I went.
11.21.14 Piece112114 All acoustic this time for my Sound-In improv. I recorded the doumbek part first (of course), and then the two mandolin tracks (which are panned far left and right). To keep things interesting, I didn't listen to the first mandolin track when I recorded the second one. I chose to leave all tracks completely dry. I like the sound of it.
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The first version of this Sound-In improv was made with the Animoog iPad app. I was going to leave it as it is, as I like the space and motion in it, but then I decided to make a second version with a bass solo over it. I decided to post both versions.
11.7.14 Piece110714 With limited time this week, I went back to my upright piano and the R-05 for my Sound-In improv. I recorded a quick pointillist piano improv and then processed it with delay and reverb.
10.31.14 Piece103114 Inspired by the day, I made my Sound-In improv this week using four different "sounds" from the Alchemy Pro iPad app.
10.24.14 Piece102414 My Sound-In improv this week uses the DM1 app again for the drums (same "set," different pattern/time signature), but with two guitar tracks on top. I went for a bit more of an edge on this one.
10.17.14 Piece101714 An iPad improv for Sound-In, using the DM1 app and the Animoog app.
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This Sound-In improv is very simple, but I really like how it came out. I improvised a piece on the piano (upright and R-05 again), duplicated the track and then reversed the duplicate. I made two versions: one with no effects (dry) and one with some lush reverb (wet).
10.3.14 Piece100314 Here's a very quick Crimson-inspired guitar improv for Sound-In this week. Happy 5 Years Sound-In!
9.26.14 Piece092614 This Sound-In improv is made up of two electric bass tracks. The ostinato part is processed with a ping-pong delay, and the solo part has a more subtle delay on it. Quick and simple!
9.19.14 Piece091914 For my Sound-In improv this week, I used the SrutiBox app on my iTouch to come up with a drone, and then I improvised a guitar part over it (processed with some delay and reverb). Simple as that.
9.12.14 Piece091214 This Sound-In improv was made with the Telecaster recorded direct. There's some duplicating, panning, and processing. Relax and enjoy.
9.5.14 Piece090514 For my Sound-In improv this week I decided to use the harmonica again, but this time just two short bits as a delayed/looped drone. On top of this I recorded two separate tracks of recorder (with the delay on while recording).
8.29.14 Piece082914 This Sound-In improv is made from two tracks - a harmonica part and a ukulele part. Each track was duplicated. The harmonica tracks were panned panned hard left and right, with the right side slightly behind the left side. There is no processing on these. The uke part was doubled, each track panned a bit left and right, and each processed differently.
8.22.14 Piece082214 Here's a two-track Sound-In improv using two apps on my iPad (DM1 and Animoog). All processing came from the sounds. Pretty simple and straightforward.
8.15.14 Piece081514 Back to the old upright piano for my Sound-In improv. This is a one-take, no-edit improv recorded on my R-05, with delay added after the fact. This is in memory of Robin Williams.
8.8.14 Piece080814 Here's a quick Sound-In improv made on the Korg Triton. This improv marks me doing this for 5 years, and I haven't missed a week!
8.1.14 Piece080114 Pulled out the acoustic guitar again, and since the theme at Sound-In is "F," I tuned the guitar to an open F tuning and improvised a rhythm/harmony part. I then took out my tenor uke and improvised a melody over it. I doubled the guitar track and panned each track hard left and right. For the uke part I added some delay and reverb. Another summer track I think.
7.25.14 Piece072514 This Sound-In improv is a one-take no-edit mono improv made on an acoustic guitar in a non-standard tuning (inspired/influenced by an existing song). I doubled the recording, panned each track hard left and right, and added some reverb to the left channel and delay to the right. It's a good way to beat the heat.
7.18.14 Piece071814 I made this Sound-In improv on my Korg Triton. I had the events of the day on my mind. Sometimes living in this world can be so troubling.
7.11.14 Piece071114 I've been wanting to get back to my sax for a while now, and this week worked out to play it for my Sound-In improv. My Aunt Nola passed away yesterday, and I made this with her in mind. What you hear is two parts. The drone was made by playing a note for a bit and running it through a delay. I then duplicated that track and panned them hard left and right, with the right side starting a bit later than the left side. The melody was the first and only take (with no edits), recorded while listening to the drone. The reverb was in place before the track was recorded.
7.4.14 Piece070414 A quick synth improv in the spirit of the holiday (and theme) at Sound-In.
6.27.14 Piece062714 In a percussion mood for my Sound-In improv this week. Three mono tracks using percussion instruments I have lying around, and no processing. Three continents are represented here.
6.20.14 Piece062014 Was in the mood for the Telecaster again for my Sound-In improv this week. This is the guitar into the pedal board into the mixing board. I came up with the rhythm part first, then recorded two solo parts, which are panned hard left and right. I did not listen to the first solo (left) when I recorded the second one (right). I think they fit kind of cool together.
6.13.14 Piece061314 And now for something completely different. This Sound-In improv was inspired by the date, and made with my SH-101. This is two tracks (with one duplicated and delayed slightly), and each track/sound was manipulated during the recording.
6.6.14 Piece060614 Time got away from me, so this is a very quickly-made guitar improv with all processing coming from pedals. The theme this week at Sound-In is "travel." I made this thinking of that, but am not really sure how I ended up with what you hear.
5.30.14 Piece053014 I was in the mood for something simple this week, so here's my Sound-In improv made with the Sylo Synth app on my iPad. This is just one track, one take, with no additional processing or editing.
5.23.14 Piece052314 With a Hawaiian show coming to my theatre on the 24th, I was drawn once again to my tenor uke. This Sound-In improv is made from two improvised tracks (each doubled and processed differently). The "harmony" part is based on the date (sol-re-mi-do-fa). Just a dumb thing I like to do every now and then.
5.16.14 Piece051614 It was a busy week this week, so for my Sound-In improv I returned to the upright piano. This is one improv that has been copied twice, and different processing has been applied to each track. A little bit of panning on two tracks, and there you have it.
5.9.14 Piece050914 There was some police activity in my neighborhood earlier this week, so being the recordist that I am, I grabbed my R-05, hit "record" and set it out in the backyard for a bit, knowing it would be good material for my Sound-In improv. What you hear is an electric guitar solo (my Tele heavily processed), and part of the recording made that night. I call this "Trio for Guitar, Crickets and Police Helicopter." I think there's some depth to this improv, in a number of ways.
5.2.14 Piece050214 The theme this week at Sound-In is "Outside the Box," so I used that to inspire my improv. What I did was run my Telecaster through the EHX Cathedral reverb and direct into the board. I came up with a setting I liked and improvised some music into a mono track, which I then panned hard left. I then came up with a different pedal setting that I liked and recorded another improv, which I panned hard right. I usually will listen to the first improvised part while improvising the second one. This time I muted track one so I couldn't hear it while I recorded track two. Each track went in exactly as you hear it, with no edits or post-recording processing. What you hear is the result, which I think came out very cool.
4.25.14 Piece042514 Another simple Sound-In improv made with my upright piano and my R-05 (with some reverb added).
4.18.14 Piece041814 While this Sound-In improv was not made with Good Friday in mind, I think it fits. This is my Telecaster running through a Strymon Big Sky into my Fender Vibro Champ and recorded with the R-05. Relax and enjoy.
4.11.14 Piece041114 I was teaching my oldest son about synthesis using my SH-101, so it seemed like a perfect instrument to use for my Sound-In improv. He even came up with one of the sounds used. This is three parts (with one copied and delayed slightly, and then both panned left and right). There is no processing at all.
4.4.14 Piece040414 I just bought an EHX Cathedral Stereo Reverb pedal, and what better way to break it in than by using it for a Sound-In improv. The theme this week is "madness," so I went for the more out-there effects. This is two tracks of me playing the Telecaster through the Cathedral, each with a different effect. Madness . .. I call it madness!
3.28.14 Piece032814 With no theme this week at Sound-In, I just let inspiration take me. I was working on a song demo and messing around with the DM-1 drum machine app on my iPad, when I came up with something I thought sounded cool as the foundation for my improv. The sounds and processing all come from the app. I then improvised a solo over the top on my ukulele, which I then doubled and processed each track differently. The solo is the first take and no edits (like usual). Maybe I was inspired by the great Hawaiian music around me last weekend (even though this doesn't sound Hawaiian).
3.21.14 Piece032114 The theme this week at Sound-In is "deep," so I went for the obvious - my bass. This is all made from two tracks (and some stretching, duplicating and processing).
3.14.14 Piece031414 No theme again this week at Sound-In, which is a perfect opportunity to experiment with a new app I got for my iPad called GestrumentLE. It's based on playing samples back by moving your finger around on the screen. This is my first go at it. Two tracks with no additional processing.
3.7.14 Piece030714 Here's a simple Sound-In improv using the Tele once again. The rhythm part (left side) has no processing, and the melody (right side) just has some delay.
2.28.14 Piece022814 Time for the 4th annual Sound-In Film Festival! Once again I found a public domain film and improvised some music for it. Yet again, this was made with the Telecaster direct into the board, then into Cubase to be processed. This is two tracks, with one duplicated and delayed slightly and each hard left and right. The "melody" is in the middle. Also, you can see the video by clicking on the "Videos" link on the left.
2.21.14 Piece022114 Here's the theme this week (as described over at Sound-In): "Welcome everybody, to the first semi-regular "Sound-Infiltration by the society For ShortY new music"! A lot of you have been doing this mini-music over at the Facebook group, but this weekend we thought we'd give it a whirl on our Sound-In platform. Everything still works like a normal Sound-In event, except solo track submissions should be 1 minute or less, and mash-ups no more than 2 minutes. Thanks to Jeff Fairbanks for rallying the ShortY troops, and lets just see where it goes, shall we? Let the games begin!"

So what I did it make a short two-track improv using the CagePiano app on my iPad. Each track was improvised in real-time and processed with a different delay (which were running while the improv was made).

2.14.14 Piece021414 There's no theme at Sound-In this week, but it is Valentine's Day, and for some reason the piano seemed like the right choice (and I haven't used it in a while). Here's a sappy love song improv made with my R-05 inside the old upright. There is no additional processing.
2.7.14 Piece020714 Inspired by the theme at Sound-In this week ("ice"), I decided to use the Alchemy Pro app on my iPad. This is three tracks, and just a touch of post-production (using a panning plug-in in Cubase for the "bell" part).
1.31.14 Piece013114 I put new strings on the mandolin and took out the bass guitar, so they seemed like perfect choices for my Sound-In improv this week. Here's a little mandolin & bass duet. The mandolin improv came first, and the bass part was improvised while listening back to the mandolin part. There is no processing - just panned hard left and right.
1.24.14 Piece012414 The theme this week at Sound-In is "syncopation," and with very little time to get something made, I played this quick improv on the tenor uke with a stereo delay added. The delay was set prior to recording so the interplay was in real-time.
1.17.14 Piece011714 My friend Justin Moore went home to be with the Lord yesterday and I made this Sound-In improv while thinking about him. The truth is I can't stop thinking about him. He was only 17, dearly loved, and now dearly missed. This is two tracks of the Tele running through my new Vox DelayLab. Each part was processed with a reverse delay (with slightly different settings), and then panned hard left and right. Sometimes you wish you could go back in time and change a thing or two.
1.10.14 Piece011014 This week I got a new delay pedal and an old mandolin (a kind gift), so I figured I would use both on my Sound-In improv. The drone part is my Telecaster running through the delay, and then duplicated, with each part panned hard left and right (and the left side delayed slightly). The melody is my first ever go at something on the mandolin (any mandolin for that matter). The delay was applied prior to improvising the melody. This is the first and only take, with no edits - just a bit of compression applied after the fact. I made this with by buddy Justin Moore in mind.
1.3.14 Piece010314 Happy New Year! Here's my first Sound-In improv for 2014, featuring the Telecaster running direct with no processing. The left channel part is something I've been messing around with for a couple of days. The right channel is a straight improv, warts and all.
12.27.13 Piece122713 Time for the last Sound-In improv for 2013. Not sure why, but I'm in an ambient mood today (probably from the rush of the holidays), so I made this one track, one take guitar improv with my Telecaster running through two delays and a reverb. See you in 2014!
12.20.13 Piece122013 No theme this week at Sound-In, so I made a quick improv using the Alchemy Pro Synth app on my iPad. This is two sounds/tracks with no additional processing.
12.13.13 Piece121313 The theme this week at Sound-In is "the sea," and while I didn't make this improv specifically with that in mind, I must have had it in my thoughts somewhere because the music somehow evokes the sea to me. This was made using the Animoog app (2 tracks) recorded into the GarageBand app (all on my iPad).
12.6.13 Piece120613 One of the things I find inspiring about the music from South Africa is the joy that comes out of such difficult circumstances. Following that inspiration, my Sound-In improv this week is in memory of Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. This is two tracks of tenor ukulele.
11.29.13 Piece112913 One of the things I love about doing these Sound-In improvs is that I do no pre-planning. Once I get ready to make one, I just go with what I feel at the moment. It was raining when I woke up this morning so I went out and recorded the inside of my leaky shed with my R-05 recorder. I then came inside and make a quick piano improv on the old upright piano using this week's theme - F#. There is no processing at all. And if you listen real close somewhere between the 4 and 5 minute mark, you'll hear my phone ring. That's improv!
11.22.13 Piece112213 No theme this week at Sound-In, so I made I quick guitar improv. I copied the track twice (for a total of three), processed them and panned then left, right, center at slightly different volumes, which makes for a nice texture. Relax and enjoy!
11.15.13 Piece111513 The theme this week at Sound-In is "Blowin' in the Wind," so I found a pad in the Alchemy Mobile app on my iPad that made me think of the wind, and then I improvised a guitar track over it. I then duplicated the guitar track, split them both a bit left and right, and processed them each differently to give a thick, atmospheric texture. I also had the victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines on my mind as I played. This is for them.
11.8.13 Piece110813 A quick two-track Sound-In improv made on the electric guitar. Thinking about Lou Reed, even though it doesn't really sound like something Lou Reed would have made.
11.1.13 Piece110113 A Sound-In improv inspired by the season. This is 2 tracks using the NLogFree synth on my iTouch.
10.25.13 Piece102513 Another quick simple Sound-In improv, this time featuring two tracks of kalimba.
10.18.13 Piece101813 The theme this week at Sound-In is "words," and even though I was the one who came up with the theme (some time ago), it almost stumped me. Almost. Some iPad and spoken word.
10.11.13 Piece101113 A simple one-track one-take Sound-In improv for guitar (with some processing).
10.4.13 Piece100413 I was messing around on my Telecaster and came up with something I thought was interesting so I grabbed my R-05, put it in front of the amp, and hit record. I finished one improv and wasn't sure I liked it, so I recorded another one right after it. Later, after I put it into Cubase, I listened to them both to decide which one I would pick. I kind of liked them both so I decided to keep them both and pan one hard left and one hard right. Not only do I like them on their own, but they sound cool when played together. So, here's my Sound-In improv for the week (and with no processing at all).
9.27.13 Piece092713 Since I have a Hawaiian show at my theater on Saturday, I decided to use the ukulele again for my Sound-In improv. Two tracks and a bit of processing.
9.20.13 Piece092013 "Poetry" is the theme this week at Sound-In, so I sat down at the old upright an improvised a little sonic poem.
9.13.13 Piece091313 A quick, noisy Sound-In improv inspired by the date. Two tracks of electric guitar, with plenty of processing. Just like mama used to make. :-)
9.6.13 Piece090613 The theme this week at Sound-In is "Doppleganger," so I made this improv with that in mind. This is made with a synth sound in the iPad GarageBand app. It is one (stereo) track with two lines of music. Again, one take and no edits.
8.30.13 Piece083013 Another busy week, another uke improv for Sound-In.
8.23.13 Piece082313 Busy weeks make for quick Sound-In improvs. Here's  a single track, single take improv on the ukulele, with some reverb added.
8.16.13 Piece081613 This Sound-In improv is one stereo track made with the CagePiano app on my iPad and some processing (delay and panning). On take, no edits - another quick one!
8.9.13 Piece080913 Four years ago this week I started contributing weekly to an online music improv group (NetNewMusic, then ImprovFriday, and now Sound-In). In all of that time I haven't missed a week. Thanks to the wonderful community there, I've made over thirteen hours of improvised music. Anyway, I decided to something a bit different this time. I don't usually do much with a drum beat. This is all made with my iPad.
8.2.13 Piece080213 The third and final Sound-In improv in my Utah series. Again, this is the Virgin River in Zion National Park and acoustic guitar (with processing).
7.26.13 Piece072613 Here's the second Sound-In improv in my Utah series. This is the sound of the Virgin River in Zion National Park and a couple tracks of acoustic guitar (with processing).
7.19.13 Piece071913 I went to Utah recently, so I made a few ambient recordings to use for Sound-In improvs. Here's the first one, featuring guitar (a couple tracks and some processing) and a bunch of insects and other wildlife at Bryce Canyon
7.12.13 Piece071213 Another busy week makes for another R-05 inside the upright Sound-In improv. I played harder than usual in order to pick up the noises inside the piano.
7.5.13 Piece070513 I made this Sound-In improv in honor of Independence Day. The first bit you hear is a 4-second recording of a Piccolo Pete we lit yesterday. I then stretched that to over 9 minutes, and then improvised a guitar part over it (through a Fripp-like delay). Simple as that.
6.28.13 Piece062813 The fourth and final Kaua'i series improv for Sound-In. This one features the sounds of the Koke'e forest with one ukulele track (with delay).
6.21.13 Piece062113 Here's number three of my Kaua'i series improvs for Sound-In. This one features rain recorded outside my hotel balcony one morning, along with two ukulele tracks.
6.14.13 Piece061413 The second of my Kaua'i series improvs for Sound-In. Again, two tracks of ukulele (with delay and reverb), but this time over ambient sounds recorded in the backyard of a house we visited.
6.7.13 Piece060713 I was recently on the island of Kaua'i and while I was there I made a few environmental recordings to use for my Sound-In improvs. This is a recording of a waterfall, and I then improvised two tracks of ukulele, both processed with compression and one track with delay (and then panned hard left and right).
5.31.13 Piece053113 My last R-05 inside the upright piano Sound-In improv for this set.
5.24.13 Piece052413 Another R-05 inside the upright piano Sound-In improv. Another one-take improv with a bit of delay. This is for the victims of the recent tornadoes. 
5.17.13 Piece051713 Due to some busy days ahead, I'm going back to the R-05 inside the upright piano for my Sound-In improvs for a bit. This is a quick one-take improv with no processing.
5.10.13 Piece051013 There is a flock of parrots that show up on my street each evening and I finally had a chance to go out and record them the other day. I decided to include them in my Sound-In improv this week, along with two tracks on the ukulele (some processing on each track, but no edits).
5.3.13 Piece050313 Having limited time (after coming home today after a few days in the mountains with a bunch of 5th graders), and inspired by the theme of "dancing" over at Sound-In, I made this very quick improv on the ukulele.
4.26.13 Piece042613 Another quick Sound-In improv with the Telecaster, recorded live on the R-05.
4.19.13 Piece041913 I made my Sound-In improv this week with a heavy heart from the events of this week (particularly in Boston). However, my desire was to make something with a feeling of hope. This was made with the Alchemy app on my iPad and electric guitar (with the track doubled, panned and delayed a bit).
4.12.13 Piece041213 I had a real harpsichord in my theatre this past weekend, so on Saturday night (after the real musicians left), I made this quick improv for my Sound-In improv this week. Thankfully I thought ahead to bring my R-05 to work with me that day. There is no processing at all.
4.5.13 Piece040513 The theme at Sound-In improv this week is "dreams," so I made this improv with some voice and the Animoog app on the iPad.
3.29.13 Piece032913 And now back to the Tele for my Sound-In improv this week. This is two tracks (first takes, no edits) panned hard left and right, and each processed the same way (with 2 delays). I had Good Friday in mind when I made this, but it's not programmatic in any way.
3.22.13 Piece032213 Back to the bass for my Sound-In improv this week. This is two tracks (first takes, no edits) panned hard left and right. On the left side you hear the bass clean, played with a pick. On the right side it is played with the fingers, processed with fuzztone, flanger and delay.
3.15.13 Piece031513 Some acoustic guitar and tenor uke for my Sound-In improv this week. A little compression on each track, some delay and reverb on the uke, and panned hard left and right. Simple as that.
3.8.13 Piece030813 The theme this week at Sound-In is "future technology," so I decided to make a piece with the iPad. This is three tracks improvised using the Alchemy synth app.
3.1.13 Piece030113 This Sound-In improv is a unintentional companion piece to the one made two weeks ago, made in the same way (with the inclusion of a Boss OS-2 pedal).
2.22.13 Piece022213 It's the 3rd annual Sound-In Film Festival this week, so like I did last time, I made an audio improv and then dropped it into a public domain video that I found (this one is of the Lincoln Memorial). Once again, this was made with the Telecaster into Pod into looper (RC-20XL), but this time direct into the board. This is two tracks, with one duplicated and delayed slightly and each hard left and right. The solo is in the middle. Also, you can see the video by clicking on the "Videos" link on the left.
2.15.13 Piece021513 Another very quick Sound-In improv this week. Telecaster into Pod into looper (RC-20XL) into Vibro Champ and recorded with the R-05. Again, one take, no edits, no post-processing.
2.8.13 Piece020813 Another busy week, so here's another quick one for my Sound-In piece. This is the Telecaster played through a Pod and my Fender Vibro Champ and recorded with the R-05. One take, no edits, no post-processing. I like the old-school hiss on this one.
2.1.13 Piece020113 I'm in the middle of a busy week, so it's back to the R-05 inside my old upright piano for my Sound-In piece. One take, no edits or processing, and a couple of random computer noises from my laptop to round it off.
1.25.13 Piece012513 This week's theme at Sound-In is "elements," so I decided to do something with air (being a wind player and all). However, none of my wind instruments were doing it for me, so I just started "singing." What you hear here is a single take (with one little part cut out because I didn't like it) doubled, panned to the sides and processed. I think it sounds very "elemental."
1.18.13 Piece011813 There's no theme this week at Sound-In, so I decided to go back to the Telecaster. I improvised the track on the left first, with no processing on it. For the track on the right, I dialed in the delay I wanted, and then improvised over the first track. These were both the only takes, with no edits.
1.11.13 Piece011113 The theme this week at Sound-In is "dusk." I didn't have much time, so I picked an app on my iPad (the Animoog synth), found a sound that evoked dusk to me, and made a quick stereo track improv in real time. There is no processing. Soup to nuts in just a few minutes.
1.4.13 Piece010413 Along with a variety of unknowns, 2013 will bring a new year of Sound-In improvs, so it's time to get started. This one is two tracks of electric guitar. I duplicated one, then did some processing and panning.
12.28.12 Piece122812 This week at Sound-In is our "Year-End" event, so I made an improv for it. With the exception of the guitar part, all parts were recorded on the Loopy HD app on my iPad. The piece speaks for itself. Happy New Year!
12.21.12 Piece122112 I made this Sound-In improv as a memorial for the victims in Newtown. While it's a bit more "produced" than normal, it all comes from just two improvised tracks.
12.14.12 Piece121412 Here's a little homage to Ravi Shankar for my Sound-In improv, featuring the sruti box app on my iTouch for the drone, and a ukulele improv (with some delay) on top.
12.7.12 Piece120712 Since we're having a Hawaiian show at my theatre tomorrow, I decided to go back to the ukulele this week for my Sound-In improv. Just two tracks again, with a bit of processing.
11.30.12 Piece113012 Decided to go back to the SH-101 this week for my Sound-In improv. Just two tracks and some processing. Inspired by my friend Gary Stroutsos, but I didn't realize it until after the fact.
11.23.12 Piece112312 The theme this week at Sound-In is "planes, trains, and automobiles," which didn't speak to me. However, "Black Friday" was another story. Here are three tracks of electric guitar improv.
11.16.12 Piece111612 It's been a busy week, so I decided to use my iPad for my Sound-In piece. This was made with a modified sound in the SoloSynth app, recording both tracks live, one right after the other, then panned and mixed. The only post-recording processing was a bit of EQ adjustment on the track on the left channel to bring out the bass a bit more.
11.9.12 Piece110912 The theme this week at Sound-In is "wood," so I made this clave duet. I recorded the left side first, and then the right side side against it (and then added some reverb at the end). Nice and simple.
11.2.12 Piece110212 Back to the R-05 and the old upright piano for my Sound-In piece this week. Recorded it live in one take and then processed it with some reverb. Ok, a lot of reverb.
10.26.12 Piece102612 To conclude my Sound-In percussion month, I took the improvs from the previous three weeks, and then improvised a rabana (Sri Lankan hand drum) part over them (with the delay added to the channel before recording). A little bit of mixing and here you go.
10.19.12 Piece101912 Percussion month continues for my Sound-In improvs. This one is a solo improv on kalimba. I added a delay to the channel before recording, and played with/against the rhythm of the delay while recording. I then duplicated the track, panned each one hard left and right, and took out the delay on the left side to add more dimension to the overall piece.
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My Sound-In improv this week is a solo improv on concert wind chimes (again in one take). I made two versions: the first one is dry, and the second one has reverb added.
10.5.12 Piece100512 My Sound-In improv this week was made from a solo cymbal improvisation (one cymbal and one take).
9.28.12 Piece092812 For my Sound-In improv this week, I decided to go with clarinet. What you hear here are two tracks (one take each, no edits), one panned hard right, the other panned hard left, and each processed with different delays.
9.21.12 Piece092112 A busy week with a new season starting at my job, so here's a quick two-track Sound-In improv made with the BeBot app on my iTouch.
9.14.12 Piece091412 Due to time and technological constraints, it's back to the old upright for my Sound-In piece this week.
9.7.12 Piece090712 ImprovFriday has had a name change, and is now called Sound-In. However, everything else behind it is the same. And here's another one patch, one stereo track, one take improv played on my Triton.
8.31.12 Piece083112 The theme this week at ImprovFriday is "clocks." What you hear here isn't actually a clock, but close. It's an old Seth Thomas metronome that used to be my grandpa's, and happens to be slightly bent. I recorded it at 60 bpm, and then duplicated the track, panned them far left and right, and added delay on one side. I then played another one patch, one track, one take improv on the Triton. In case anyone's wondering how I choose the sound each week, I just play different ones until something inspires me. Then it's time to lay it down.
8.24.12 Piece082412 Another quick one patch, one track, one take ImprovFriday piece played on the Triton.
8.17.12 Piece081712 This ImprovFriday piece is a one patch, one stereo track, one take improv played on my Korg Triton.
8.10.12 Piece081012 For "curious" reasons, the theme this week at ImprovFriday is "Mars." This one was made with me playing my Fender bass guitar (two tracks, one doubled, all processed).
8.3.12 Piece080312 The theme this week over at ImprovFriday is "bugs." While there are many ways to go with this, I took the first thing that came to mind. This is made with three different sounds (and apps) on my iPad.
7.27.12 Piece072712 I decided to use the Loopy HD app on my iPad again for my ImprovFriday piece this week. I recorded the percussion loops live into the app, and then improvised a guitar solo on top in Cubase (which I then duplicated and processed).
7.20.12 Piece072012 The theme this week at ImprovFriday is "loopy," so I made most of this improv using the Loopy HD app on my iPad (for the ambient sounds and the ukulele accompaniment parts), and then recorded the solo improv directly into Cubase using a delay for more "loops" (and some reverb).
7.13.12 Piece071312 This week the theme at ImprovFriday is "heat." It's hot and humid here in SoCal, so for some reason the electric guitar seemed like the right instrument for my improv. This is two tracks (first and only, with no edits), processed and panned to each side.
7.6.12 Piece070612 My ImprovFriday piece this week is a duet by the campfire. Simple as that.
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I had another chance to sit down at the Steinway D at my theatre today, so it was a perfect chance for a quick ImprovFriday piece. This was recorded with my R-05 and the binaural earbud microphones - one take with no edits. In fact, you can kind of hear the AC on, and you can hear me getting a text at one point. That will teach me to not put my phone on silent before recording. Also, I made three versions - one as recorded (dry), one with reverb, and one with a stereo delay. I put them all here for you to hear.
6.22.12 Piece062212 A quick ImprovFriday piece this week, just voice and ukulele (both processed).
6.15.12 Piece061512 The theme this week at ImprovFriday is "the internet." I'm not sure what the internet "sounds" like, but here's one attempt at an impression of it.
6.8.12 Piece060812 An ImprovFriday piece for 2 4-string instruments. Made me realize how much I miss playing bass.
6.2.12 Piece060212 Managed to squeeze an ImprovFriday piece into a busy weekend. This one features voice and uke.
5.25.12 Piece052512 A simple ImprovFriday piece using two iTouch/iPad apps (and a bit of processing).
5.18.12 Piece051812 When I found some time to make my ImprovFriday piece for the week, my oldest son was playing drums out in the garage (while listening to his ipod) . Instead of making him stop, I went out and recorded a bit with my R-05 to use for my piece. I took what I recorded into my studio, copied and pasted it to double the length, and then added two ukulele parts on top. The melody is the one and only take. I processed the tracks and here you have it. Can you tell what song he was playing along with?
5.11.12 Piece051112 In the middle of another busy week, so it's back to my upright piano for a quick (but slow) ImprovFriday piece. The theme at IF this week is "space" - a common element in my music already.
5.4.12 Piece050412 Still using the uke for my ImprovFriday pieces. This one is a trio. I recorded the main rhythmic part first, and then recorded the other two on top of it (all live, with no edits), then added some processing. I know that some of the melody notes are "out" a bit, but in the age of auto-tune, I decided to keep them that way to make is sound "authentic."
4.27.12 Piece042712 The theme this week at ImprovFriday is "ppp," meaning as quietly as possible. This improv is made of of two tracks. The first is a stereo piano track, recorded using my R-05 and my upright piano, which I then processed with delay and reverb. Then I recorded a processed uke solo over it. I'm not sure if it is as quiet as possible, but it feels "quiet" to me.
4.20.12 Piece042012 Yet another ukulele ImprovFriday piece. This one has two tracks (played in realtime with no edits), each doubled, panned, and delayed slightly, and some reverb on the top.
4.13.12 Piece041312 I had a plan in mind for my ImprovFriday piece, but then the storm came, so I took my R-05 recorder and uke on to the front porch and made this. There is no additional processing and no edits.
4.6.12 Piece040612 A solo uke Good Friday lamentation for my ImprovFriday piece.
3.30.12 Piece033012 All uke for my ImprovFriday piece. Three tracks with delay. Simple as that.
3.23.12 Piece032312 I couldn't decide on electronic or acoustic for my ImprovFriday piece, so I went with electro-acoustic. This is a quick one made with the Alchemy iPad app and solo ukulele (with a little processing). Again, one take and no edits.
3.16.12 Piece031612 This ImprovFriday piece is a simple elegy for a dear friend and colleague who died unexpectedly last week. Grace, you will be missed.
3.09.12 Piece030912 Back home from Hawaii, this ImprovFriday piece uses a couple of recordings I made there (some birds, and the Oli Kāhea that we would chant asking permission to enter certain locations), along with a ukulele improv made tonight with a tenor uke I bought in Kona.
3.2.12 See link to the right. This ImprovFriday piece was made while I was in Hilo, HI. Because I didn't have my usual set-up, I had to resort to using the Souncloud App on my iPad. What you hear here is really a field recording of coqui frogs and other sounds, with me playing bits on the harmonica. Nothing fancy, but I  didn't want to miss a week! Here's the link: http://soundcloud.com/swcadman/improvinhilo030112-at-hilo-hi
2.24.12 Piece022412 Another ImprovFriday piece using my piano. I recorded this improv in the usual manner, and then made an edit to lengthen it for a video and added some processing. You can click on the "Videos" link to the left to watch the video.
2.17.12 Piece021712 Back to my upright piano for my ImprovFriday piece. Like usual, I recorded this piano improv by putting my R-05 recorder inside the piano. For this one I added some processing after the fact. This was the one and only improv this week, with no editing.
2.10.12 Piece021012 So my plan was to use my upright piano this month for my ImprovFriday pieces, but then the theme was announced of "voice." Being flexible is always fun, so I switched to voice for this one. This is made from one quick vocal improv, with a tiny bit of editing and some processing.
2.3.12 Piece020312-forRodgerVaughan For the month of February, I'm going back to my old upright piano for my ImprovFriday pieces. This one is dedicated to my college theory professor, Rodger Vaughan, who died a few days back. He would get a kick out of what I did here (in more ways than one).
1.27.12 Piece012712 Yet another iPad ImprovFriday piece using the Alchemy app. The theme over at IF this week is "clouds," so I improvised a solo piece with that in mind. What you hear is two tracks of the improv, one delayed slightly and EQ'd a bit differently form the original one.
1.20.12 Piece012012 Another iPad ImprovFriday piece. This improv is made up of two tracks using the Alchemy app (with no additional processing).
1.13.12 Piece011312 Back to the iPad for my ImprovFriday piece (and a bit of processing in Cubase).
1.6.12 Piece010612- In Memory of Richard Lainhart On December 30th, we lost a member of the ImprovFriday community. Richard Lainhart died unexpectedly and was an important person to us, as well as to the world of electronic music in general. This memorial to Richard was made in real time with just my Roland SH-101 and delay.
12.30.11 Piece123011 For my last December ImprovFriday piece (and the last one for 2011), sax seemed appropriate. I used the same effects settings as my piece from last week.
12.23.11 Piece122311 I decided to play clarinet (two tracks and some delay) for my fourth December ImprovFriday piece.
12.16.11 Piece121611 I'm in the middle of a busy holiday performance week, so for my third December ImprovFriday piece, here's a quick piano improv (and again, a bit of voice).
12.9.11 Piece120911 For my second December ImprovFriday piece, I'm using melodica (and a bit of voice).
12.2.11 Piece120211 After a bunch of electronic ImprovFriday pieces, I've decided to switch gears for a bit. For my December pieces, I'm going to use acoustic instruments only, and use the music of the season as my starting point. This one features acoustic guitar (and a bit of voice).
11.24.11 Piece112411 Another Animoog ImprovFriday piece, made using three different sounds. I'm putting this up on Thursday this week as a Thanksgiving offering.
11.18.11 Piece111811
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At this point, I think I'll continue to use the Animoog for my November ImprovFriday pieces. This one started off with just a solo line improvised, and then I added a drone-type part underneath it. I'm not sure if I like it better with the drone part or without it, so I decided to put both up here. There is no additional processing beyond the Animoog.
11.11.11 Piece111111 Another Animoog ImprovFriday piece. This one features two sounds, both played live, and a smidge of reverb on the top.
11.4.11 Piece110411 Again, the Animoog synth app for my  ImprovFriday piece. This is a solo improv with only one stereo sound (recorded in one take with no additional editing or processing).
10.28.11 Piece102811 As promised, I'm using the Animoog synth app (playing 5 different sounds) again for my  ImprovFriday piece. The theme over at IF this week is Halloween, so I thought I'd make something that fit. I'll let you be the judge.
10.21.11 Piece102111 This week Moog released the Animoog synth app for the iPad (which I quickly purchased), and I must say that it's very cool. As soon as I heard it, I knew I would be using it for my  ImprovFriday piece this week (and probably for some time to come). This improv uses four of the preset "sounds."
10.14.11 Piece101411 Lately there have been different themes each week over at ImprovFriday, and most of the time I start work on my piece before the theme has been announced. That was the case again this week. However, once I saw that the theme was "Peter Gunn," I decided to crank out a quick improv on the guitar. This piece is a meditation of sorts on the Peter Gunn Theme.
10.7.11 Piece100711 This ImprovFriday piece uses some ambient crowd noise I recorded with my R-05 (and then heavily processed) along with a soft synth improv over it.
9.30.11 Piece093011 For my ImprovFriday piece, I recorded a quick stereo improv with my R-05. I then put it into Cubase, copied it four times (for a total of 5 tracks), staggered the entrances by one second, and then panned and processed each one differently. Nice piano grunge.
9.23.11 Piece092311 I came across this soft synth sound while working on a project and was intrigued by all the facets of it. I realized it would be perfect for a quick ImprovFriday piece. There is no additional processing.
9.16.11 Piece091611 Another busy week makes for another quick ImprovFriday piece. For this one, I recorded two tracks using my SH-101. I then duplicated each one and panned and processed to taste.
9.9.11 Piece090911 I've had an insanely busy week, but managed to find time for a quick ImprovFriday piece on acoustic guitar.
9.3.11 Piece090311 A very quick ImprovFriday piano piece this time. I'm dealing with some technical issues in my recording set up, so I used my R-05 recorder. Grateful that it records in both WAV & MP3!
8.26.11 Piece082611 The theme this time for ImprovFriday is "voice." Because I'm not a singer, I went where inspiration lead. Once again, me, my piano, and a bit of processing.
8.19.11 Piece081911 The theme for this week at ImprovFriday is "soft" or "fragile." Because of the theme, and very limited time, I decided to once again sit down at my upright piano and record a quick improv with my R-05. Once I was done, I thought about several different ways of processing it, but ended up leaving it alone. It is deliberately mastered a bit lower than usual.
8.12.11 Piece081211 This week's ImprovFriday piece features my son Henry on processed guitar (played with drum sticks and recorded with my R-05) and me on processed vocals.
8.5.11 Piece080511 This ImprovFriday piece features a recording I made of a backyard fire and an SH-101 improv (with some processing).
7.29.11 Piece072911-Elegy My ImprovFriday piece this week is an elegy for victims of the massacre in Norway last Friday. This was made using my Korg Triton and field recordings I made at the beach this past week (without on planning on doing this specifically).
7.22.11 Piece072211 An "OC Fair" ImprovFriday piece this week. What you hear is a binaural recording made in the midway on Wednesday afternoon at the fair, with an electric guitar improv that was no doubt inspired by the Chris Isaak concert I was at later that night (at least in terms of the guitar sound).
7.15.11 Piece071511 A super quick ImprovFriday piece this week. Two mono tracks of acoustic guitar recorded with the delay and then panned left and right.
7.8.11 Piece070811 My ImprovFriday piece this week features two stereo tracks of guitar and fireworks recorded binaurally at La Mirada Regional Park. The music didn't go where I thought it would before I started, but that's the fun of improvisation.
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The first two pieces are straight improvs played on the Steinway D at work. Both were recorded with my R-05; the first one with the binaural earbuds, the second one with the built-in stereo mic. Neither of these have any additional processing. For the third piece, I was intrigued by some of the rhythms I heard in the first improv, so I did some editing (and processing) with it just for fun. I couldn't decide which to use for my ImprovFriday piece, so I put them all up.
6.24.11 Piece062411 The junior high band and clarinet (as threatened) make their appearance again for my ImprovFriday piece. This time I took a different section of the recording of the band (tuning mostly) along with a processed duplication of the track, and panned them to the sides. I then recorded a clarinet improv on top (with the delay and reverb on the track while recording).
6.17.11 Piece061711 This ImprovFriday piece features a clarinet solo (played on the clarinet I got when I was nine years old) with junior high band accompaniment (and a bit of editing and processing). I think this is the first IF piece I've done with clarinet. It certainly won't be the last.
6.10.11 Piece061011 My ImprovFriday piece this week features a piano improvisation with some cricket accompaniment (both in real-time and stretched).
6.3.11 Piece060311 My ImprovFriday piece this week features more sounds from the aviary at the San Diego Zoo (recorded last week) along with a doumbek improvisation.
5.27.11 Piece052711 My ImprovFriday piece this week is a piano improvisation combined with a binaural recording made while walking around in the aviary at the San Diego Zoo this past Tuesday.
5.20.11 Piece052011 A simple ImprovFriday piece using an evening field recording outside of my house and instrumental music created by playing the NLogFree and Bebot apps on my iTouch (with no additional processing).
5.13.11 Piece051311 With litle time yet again, I returned to my upright piano for a quick ImprovFriday piece recorded with my R-05 and the binaural earbuds (and with no processing at all).
5.6.11 Piece050611 Another super busy week, so for my ImprovFriday piece I recorded a solo on my melodica (which I then duplicated and manually delayed) and improvised some spoken word.
4.29.11 Piece042911 I decided to use my Roland SH-101 monophonic synth again for my ImprovFriday piece this week. Three tracks with some reverb on the melody.
4.22.11 Piece042211 I have had (and continue to have) an insanely busy week, but managed to squeeze in a quick ImprovFriday piece on my old upright piano (with reverb added).
4.15.11 Piece041511 My son bought his first Fender guitar yesterday (a brand new HH Blacktop Jaguar), so of course I had to use it for my ImprovFriday piece. The guitar was running through a DD-20 delay and a Digitech Whammy pedal, and I just put my R-05 recorder in front of the amp and played. This was made out of one improv, but I cut part of it and looped it for the drone part.
4.8.11 Piece040811 For my ImprovFriday piece this week, I give you a piano improvisation (with some processing) inspired by and mixed with a field recording made on April 7th while at the local arcade with my youngest son.
4.1.11 Piece040111 Ambient sounds and some ambient piano for my ImprovFriday piece this week.
3.25.11 Piece032511 Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I contacted my friend Jerry Gordon, who lives in Osaka, and asked him if he would record and send me some spoken word pieces, as I wanted to use something by him on a piece of mine for a benefit CD (which you can only find here). He sent me four pieces. I used one of them in the benefit piece, and two in my ImprovFriday piece last week. This piece uses the fourth one (with a bit of processing) along with me improvising two separate tracks using the NLogFree synth app on my iTouch as I listened to his spoken word piece (recorded in real time with no edits).
3.18.11 Piece031811 I recorded and am releasing my ImprovFriday piece on Thursday in California this week because it is Friday in Japan. Why? Well, because IF this week is running a charity event in order to raise money for relief for Japan (click on the IF link above to get there). Also because this work features the spoken word of my good friend Jerry Gordon, who lives in Osaka, Japan. This piece features Jerry on voice and me on harmonica.
3.11.11 Piece031111 My 9-year-old son was messing around on the piano (showing his father's minimalist leanings), so I decided to record him for my ImprovFriday piece this week. I then played a harmonica part over it (with a delay on while recording). I put a bit of reverb on the harmonica part after the fact, and here you have it.
3.4.11 Piece030411 My ImprovFriday piece this week was actually recorded on Thursday night (it was Friday somewhere over the Atlantic). Anyway, there was a bunch of early activity on the IF site, and I could hear my son practicing his electric guitar, so I decided to grab my R-05 and take it over for a little bit. I put the recorder in front of the amp and jammed for a little while (with delay and distortion on). I then found two sections that I liked, cut them and put them on separate tracks (with no editing), and panned them left and right. Simple as that.
2.25.11 Piece022511 For my ImprovFriday piece this week, I used my Korg Triton for two tracks and played some live rabana (a hand drum from Sri Lanka).
2.18.11 Piece021811 It's been quite a while since I last played my bass, so I decided to play it for my ImprovFriday piece this week. A mono bass solo with a delay on the stereo out.
2.11.11 Piece021111 Didn't think I was going to be able to make my ImprovFriday piece this week, but managed to find a couple of minutes to turn on the R-05 and play my kalimba and then piano. You hear what I played (with some silence cut out as I moved from one instrument to the other).
2.4.11 Piece020411 Another super busy week, so I grabbed the electric guitar for my ImprovFriday piece and recorded two different stereo tracks through my Line 6 pod (with different speed tremolos). I then used a bit of processing in Cubase to finish it up. This one has a little more edge than some of my recent improvs - probably to balance all the wonderful classical music I've been listening to lately by hanging out with the Felici Trio this week.
1.28.11 Piece012811 Another short and sweet explanation for my ImprovFriday piece. I recorded a solo with my SH-101 synth (mono, of course). I then duplicated the track, panned them left and right, added some processing on the duplicated track, reverb on the master and there you have it.
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Short and sweet explanation for ImprovFriday piece this week. I sat down at my upright piano with my R-05 and the earbud mics and recorded two improvs - one right after the other. I couldn't decide which one I wanted to use, so I decided to put them both up. There is no processing and no edits. You hear what I heard.
1.14.11 Piece011411 I'm a bit under the weather and very busy, so I had to make my ImprovFriday piece quickly, without much thinking involved. For this reason, I grabbed my acoustic guitar, swung the mic around, and recorded a quick improv with some delay. I then duplicated the track, took off the delay and then added some chorus and reverb on it, panned the two tracks a bit, and here you have it.
1.7.11 Piece010711 My first ImprovFriday piece of 2011. This is two tracks from my SH-101 (which I forgot to tune before recording), panned hard left and right. I then duplicated each track, put reverb on both (which is all you hear - no original signal) and moved them each slightly off center. I've found that I like using the whopping 100 note sequencer in the SH-101 to make rhythmic drones on the fly to improvise over. Also, this synth is monophonic, which means I can only play one note at at time. Sometimes limitations are the best inspiration.
12.31.10 Piece123110 Here's my last ImprovFriday piece for the year. I really couldn't decide what I wanted to do, but knew I wanted something that sounded "hopeful." I ended up once again having the SrutiBox app on my iTouch and my SH-101 playing live behind me while I improvised on my upright piano (and once again recorded with the earbud mics plugged into the R-05). This is one live take, and you'll know it when you hear the random click (from one of the pieces of equipment in my studio) that shows up in the middle of it. I liked what I played, so I decided to leave it in and not try to edit it out or record another one. I then added a bit of reverb and here it is. Here's to a hopeful Happy New Year!
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I'm going to keep my explanation short and sweet for my ImprovFriday pieces (yes, pieces) this week. It's been raining quite a bit here lately, and the shed in back of my garage leaks - a lot. So I took my R-05 and recorded it. I realized that the dripping had a rhythm to it, so I took a bit of what I recorded, looped it, and then improvised a guitar part over that. However, since I had the whole recording I made of the dripping, I decided to make a second piece using that, again improvising a guitar part over it. There is quite a bit of processing going on too, but both guitar parts are the one and only takes, with no editing.
12.17.10 Piece121710 I got a bit of an early start on my ImprovFriday piece this week. A few days ago, I had a chance to get into the theater I work at while no one was around and sit down for a few minutes at the Steinway. I literally plugged the earbud mics into my R-05, hit record, and played for about three minutes (exactly what you hear). When I listened back, I liked what I played but realized that the mics picked up a bunch of noise from the fans from the moving lights. So, along with doubling the original track and processing that track for some  "atmosphere," I added in the rain I recorded last week to make the sound of the fans go away. Once again, relax and enjoy.
12.10.10 Piece121010 It was raining here earlier this week, so I went out on my front porch and recorded it (along with the other sounds that came along with it) with my R-05 specifically to be used for this ImprovFriday piece. Later I sat down and recorded the piano part (using the CS-10EM binaural earbuds) in one shot, pre-planning that I would add some delay and reverb to fill it out, which is what I did. Relax and enjoy! By the way, this piece puts my ImprovFriday output at just over the four hour mark. That's a lot of music (for me anyway).
12.3.10 Piece120310 A pretty straightforward ImprovFriday piece this week. I placed my R-05 pointing inside my upright piano and improvised on the piano over a rhythmic drone coming from my SH-101 out from the monitors. Added a smidge of reverb when I was done and that's all there is to it.
11.26.10 Piece112610 A Thanksgiving ImprovFriday piece. What you're hearing is my brother-in-law Johnny saying the Lord's Prayer in Russian before eating dinner last night (hence the noise), processed through a delay, and me improvising on the piano this morning.
11.19.10 Piece111910 My ImprovFriday piece is once again recorded with the R-05, both in regular stereo (for the birds, etc. outside my bathroom window) and with the CS-10EM binaural earbuds (for the kalimba part). Added delay to the kalimba part, and there you have it.
11.12.10 Piece111210 My ImprovFriday piece is acoustic guitar recorded with the R-05 and CS-10EM binaural earbuds in my partially tiled bathroom while the next door neighbor was doing some work. I then put it into Cubase and processed it with some delay and reverb.
11.5.10 Piece110510 Using the R-05 yet again for my ImprovFriday piece. What you're hearing is one live stereo take recorded with the Roland CS-10EM binaural earbuds (with built-in microphones). I ran the Srutibox app for my iTouch and my SH-101 through the mixing board and out my monitors (playing behind me) while I played my upright piano. This is the first and only take, with no edits. On a side note, I will be starting a new job next week, and am not sure how this will affect my output for ImprovFriday. Hopefully not at all, but I guess we'll see what happens.
10.29.10 Piece102910 More fun with the R-05 for ImprovFriday. The Santa Ana winds are blowing, so I thought that would be a good place to start - by recording underneath a big tree in front of my house to hear the wind through the leaves. Of course, you'll hear other sounds as well. I then went back inside the house and recorded a sax solo (again, on the R-05). I duplicated the track and applied different processing on each (delay on one, reverb on the other), mixed it in with the wind, and there you have it.
10.22.10 Piece102210 Another ImprovFriday piece made a bit differently than usual. I'm still having fun with my R-05 - it's nice to have a portable digital recorder. On another note (in case you've ever wondered), there are reasons why I don't give descriptive titles to my IF pieces. First of all, since they're made in one day (usually in less than an hour from start to finish), the title reflects that. Secondly, because they are truly improvisations, with very little forethought (if any at all, other than deciding what instrument to play), I really never know what's going to come out. Finally, I don't want to bring any extra-musical content to the piece. When I create music, I'm usually not trying to depict a person, place, scene, emotion, etc. It's just music for music's sake (we call it "absolute music"). All that being said, I suppose you could call this piece "Tea and Drums."
10.15.10 Piece101510 This ImprovFriday piece was made a bit differently than usual. I recently got a Roland R-05 digital recorder and the Roland CS-10EM binaural earbuds (with microphones on the actual earbuds -pointing out, of course). I won't go into an explanation of binaural recording here, but suffice it to say that it makes the listening environment three-dimensional. So what you hear are two tracks. One is me in my front yard on a fall day (with a breeze and lots of crunchy leaves), and the second is a regular stereo track of me playing my upright piano. Once again, the first and only take, with no editing or additional processing.
10.8.10 Piece100810 And now back to the iTouch and the Bebot app for my ImprovFriday piece. Two stereo tracks: the first one is just a few musical motives with a delay to loop/layer them and slowly fade-out (and processed in Cubase with a panning plug-in); the second track is simply a one-take improv over the loop.
10.1.10 Piece100110 Back to the upright piano for my ImprovFriday piece today. This one's pretty straightforward: two tracks, panned hard left and right, processed with some delay and reverb. Once again, first and only takes for each.
9.24.10 Piece092410 Here's the lowdown on my ImprovFriday piece for today. The first sound you hear is my voice, which has been stretched and processed. Then you hear me playing my Xaphoon. I recorded one track, duplicated it, processed each one a bit differently and then panned them hard left and hard right.
9.16.10 Piece091610 Another busy Friday this week, so I got my ImprovFriday piece posted on Thursday once again (which is fair game by IF rules, as it's Friday somewhere). This is one mono track of me playing my old upright piano. I put the mic up in front of the piano, hit record and played. You hear the one and only take, with no editing. I then duplicated the track twice (for a total of three tracks), panned one hard left, one center, and one hard right, each processed differently, put some compression and reverb on the output, and here you go.
9.9.10 Piece090910 Something came up for tomorrow, so I had to do my ImprovFriday piece on a Thursday this week. One stereo track (one take) of me playing my Fender American Deluxe Jazz bass through my Boss ME-50B multi-effects pedalboard, then EQ'd a smidge in Cubase.
9.3.10 Piece090310 Keeping things relatively simple for my ImprovFriday piece this week. Two tracks of me playing acoustic guitar, each duplicated and processed. Rock on!
8.27.10 Piece082710 Sadly, the Gaia is gone (for now), so it's back to the Triton for my ImprovFriday piece. I went through a few sounds before I came across the organ sound. After as couple of minutes, I came up with the organ part (then copied and pasted it a few times). The I came across the bell sound and added the bell part, overlapping the organ part. Finally, I grabbed the electric guitar, brought up a preset in Cubase and came up with the guitar part you hear. Again, one take with no clean-up. I then panned it hard left, doubled it, and panned that hard right, while placing it a bit behind the original part, with the delay increased. Sounds a bit like film music to me.
8.20.10 Piece082010 Well, I've managed to hang on to the Roland Gaia for a bit longer than expected, and I have to give it back soon, so I figured I should use it for another ImprovFriday piece before it's gone. What you hear is a single stereo track using a three-layer sound that I created. I played the keys on the synth with my right hand while "playing" the D-Beam on the Gaia (kind of like playing a Theremin) with my left hand. This is the only take, and all processing comes from within the Gaia (flanger, delay, reverb).
8.13.10 Piece081310 Time for another ImprovFriday piece. This piece was made with an iTouch, a wooden frog and some slide guitar. Here's what I did: First, I recorded a drone using the Sruti Box app for the iTouch with no additional processing. The I recorded a wooden frog - the kind with the stick and the ridges on the back - split it into two tracks, cut the parts into alternating pieces, panned the tracks hard left and right and processed them with some delay and reverb. Then I recorded a slide guitar part (first and only take), with the delay already in place so I could play with/against it, and then added some plate reverb. I panned it a bit to the left, duplicated the track, processed it differently, and panned it a bit to the right. That's all there is to it.  
8.6.10 Piece080610 There has been more tragedy since my ImprovFriday piece last week, even closer to home. I don't want to go into it, so let this piece be my prayer for those who have left us, and for those of us still here, left to deal with the pain.

This piece is a bit personal, so I don't really want to go into how it was made. Suffice it to say that everything you're hearing is either my voice or me playing slide on a resonator guitar. A little old, a little new, a little church, a little blues.

On a side note, this marks a year of uninterrupted ImprovFriday pieces. Thanks to IF for keeping me making music!

7.30.10 Piece073010 There's a story behind my ImprovFriday piece for this week. Last Friday I found out that a student of mine from last semester was shot and killed on June 30th. It's a sad story (that I won't go into), so my piece this week is for Julian Collender, his friends and family. Sometimes there are no words that can be said to those who have lost a loved one.

As for how it came together, it goes like this . . . I first recorded a short vocal drone (using my fake kargyraa, as I don't know how it's really done). I then stretched it out x10. At the very end of the piece, the original version fades in in order to hear the exhale (mixed with the stretched version). Then I recorded myself saying "Sometimes there are no words" a few times and spaced them throughout the piece, processed with a delay. At that point, I knew I wanted to add something else, but wasn't sure what. At that time, my 8-year-old son came in to my studio and started playing my kalimba. I swung the microphone around and recorded him playing. Cut it to fit (with no other edits), threw some heavy reverb on it to give it a ethereal sound, and there it is.

7.23.10 Piece072310 Turns out I ended up with the Gaia for one more week, so figured I should use it for my ImprovFriday piece again. For the past few weeks I've wanted to do something with a bit more "energy" but it never went where I planned. This time around I decided that I would stick with the plan of having an up-tempo track to start off with (which I did). However something else came into play. Yesterday I was listening to "Who's Next" and have long admired the hard panning on that record (and other Who albums). So in addition to deciding that I would make a piece with some energy to it, I also decided that I would make a piece that only had two tracks, one panned hard left and the other hard right.So here's what I did: I made the left track first, messing with the cutoff knob a bit while recording. Then I muted it, picked a different sound, and recorded the right track, messing with the rate knob while recording (without listening to the first track at all). I intentionally wanted to second track to feel that it was moving at a slower speed. Then I brought the left track back in, adjusted the levels a bit, and there you have it. Probably more than you wanted to you know, but there it is.
7.16.10 Piece071610 Probably my last ImprovFriday piece made with the Gaia synth (for now), as I have to give it back. Once again, three tracks played live, and once again, not what I was originally thinking of doing. That's the fun of it, right?
7.9.10 Piece070910 Another ImprovFriday piece made with the Gaia. Three tracks played live. I came up with the rhythm part first by messing around with one of the presets. I had no idea what I was going to put down over it, but I didn't think I would end up where I did. Maybe I should have known better. Like in life, the beauty is often found in the dichotomy of things.
7.2.10 Piece070210 Got my hands on a new Roland Gaia SH-01 synth to mess around with, so what better way to start off than using it for an ImprovFriday piece. What you're hearing is three monophonic tracks (it does do polyphonic though) with some knob twisting while playing. Nothing is sequenced - all first takes played live. Just scratching the surface with this thing. Can't wait to find some real time to dig into it.
6.25.10 Piece062510 Feeling electronic again for my ImprovFriday piece. I recorded two monophonic tracks with my SH-101 (which is all you can do with it in the first place), duplicated one of them and added some different processing to each track.
6.18.10 Piece061810 I guess because I've been so busy lately, I've focused on acoustic music using just one instrument for my ImprovFriday pieces lately, and once again, I did the actual recording on Thursday night in anticipation of a busy Friday. I decided to use the Melodica again, so that's all your hear on the three tracks. The first track is actually a ten-second drone I recorded, then stretched out 16x (with adding some partials). I then processed it with a chopper plug-in to add some rhythm to it. The second track is a short harmonic thing that I recorded, then copied and pasted 5 times (with some silence in between) and added some reverb. The melody track is the first and only take, with a bit of delay and reverb.
6.11.10 Piece061110 I knew I was going to have a busy day today, so I decided that I would at least start recording my ImprovFriday piece on Thursday night. It was warm in my studio, so I had the window open. While thinking about what I wanted to do, I popped on to the IF site to see what was going on and saw that Paul Muller did a piece for piano, so I figured I would do the same, on my somewhat out-of-tune upright. I used the same MO as last week, improvising one mono track and then improvising two more tracks over it. While recording, I realized that I could hear a cricket outside my window. While it didn't really show up on the piano parts, I thought you should hear what I was hearing, so I put the mic by the window for the fourth track. You're hearing all first takes, with a smidge of reverb on the piano parts.
6.4.10 Piece060410 I have a busy day ahead, so when I started thinking about my ImprovFriday piece, I thought that I should do something quick and acoustic. I'm in an "acoustic guitar" mood today (probably from listening to the Swell Season yesterday), so I grabbed the acoustic, fired up the mic and recorded some tracks in Cubase. What you hear are four tracks, first and only takes, with some reverb on the top.
5.28.10 Piece052810 This past week I was doing some voice-over recording for Roland and had the microphone still set up. When it came time to do my ImprovFriday piece, I figured I would record something "real."  For a while now I've realized that one of the few musical things I hadn't yet tackled here was doing something with my voice. That's probably because I'm not much of a vocalist. However, today I figured what the heck, so here you go: 3 tracks of my voice (with delays, reverb, etc.). Again trying to balance the chaos.
5.21.10 Piece052110 I was recording a sax part for the modern dance piece I'm working on, so since I had it out, I figured I would use it for my ImprovFriday piece. There are three tracks here, all me playing the tenor sax. The first part you hear is a rhythm created by key clicks run through a delay. The second part is also run through a delay and processed with ring modulation. The "melody" is sax again, with distortion and reverb.
5.14.10 Piece051410 Had to do another quick ImprovFriday piece this week, so I decided to do something I've wanted to do for a while. Loaded up Cubase, put a mic up in front of my old upright piano and played. I recorded this in mono, panned it hard left, copied the track, processed that a bit and panned it hard right. Here it is - enjoy!
5.7.10 Piece050710 Piece050710_NoMelody Once again, not a lot of time for my ImprovFriday piece this week (and with possible things coming up in the future, maybe even less and less time). Anyway, this time I was feeling like using a "real" instrument, so I busted out one I don't think I've used yet on IF - my Melodica. This was a quick one. I recorded the first track and then put some delay on it. Then I played a melody on top (again with some delay). Put some reverb on it to give it a nice "feel" and there it is. Both tracks were first takes, with no edits. The reason I have two versions here (one with just the first track) is that I like them both and think they both work in their own way.
4.30.10 Piece043010 Not a lot of time for my ImprovFriday piece this week, so I made another two-track improv with the Bebot app on my iTouch. Sort of a companion piece to last week's piece, I suppose.
4.23.10 Piece042310 So last week I saw a video on YouTube with Jordan Rudess (from Dream Theater, among other things) talking about this iTouch/iPhone synth called Bebot. It looked like fun so I got it. Needless to say, my ImprovFriday piece this week is a two-track improv using the Bebot. The only processing outside of the app is a smidge of reverb in Cubase.
4.16.10 Piece041610 My ImprovFriday piece this week has its beginnings in a modern dance piece I'm working on. I took a couple of bits from it (the water & the drums) and then improvised a one-take part over it using a VST plug-in. Well, there it is.
4.9.10 Piece040910 I'm sure that my ImprovFriday piece this week materialized as a reaction to the crazy week I've had running out to the Imperial Valley three times (all the way to Mexicali twice). I spent a lot of time driving through the desert by the Salton Sea. Once again, testing my theory of opposites - do I make music that attempts to keep balance in my life? This is all from the Korg Triton with a delay inside Cubase.
4.2.10 Piece040210 My ImprovFriday piece this week is inspired by the day. The "environmental" sounds are created by my SH-101 and the melody is (once again) a Korg Triton patch with a little bit of processing in Cubase.
3.25.10 Piece032510 Due to illnesses and crazy schedules, I did my ImprovFriday piece on Thursday this week (which counts in IF world). I'm continuing my exploration through my Triton. Here's another drone piece using a bell-type sound, with an improvised part on top.
3.19.10 Piece031910 Must be another ImprovFriday. So last week, a good friend of mine gave me his Korg Triton ProX (which was perfect timing, as my faithful Roland U20 was giving out). It's an amazing instruments with lots of sounds. I figured that this would be a perfect way to start learning the instrument and discovering the sounds. I'll probably be using just this for a while to come. Anyway, this piece is pretty straightforward. I'm using an organ patch with just two tracks. The first one is a drone-y thing, and the second one is the "melody" (ran through a stereo delay). The tracks were each done in one take, and there are no overdubs or edits. I've had a chaotic week, so here's a little peace.
3.12.10 Piece031210 I've been thinking of doing this one day for ImprovFriday and I guess today's the day. I have a few percussion instruments lying around in my studio so I thought I would use them. What you're hearing is a doumbek, rebana, gonkogui (agogo), Navajo rattle and a kalimba. The rhythm parts were recorded in small units and then copied and pasted. The kalimba part is completely improvised in one take.
3.5.10 Piece030510 Well, ImprovFriday is a year old.  I wasn't in on it right from the beginning, but have been a regular participant for quite a while now (as you can see by the pieces below). Now, about this piece. So this week I was talking to a good friend of mine and he was saying that he didn't "get" a lot of my IF pieces (which I assured him is ok), but that he really liked the last one (from 2/26) and he appreciated the explanation of how is was made. As a result, I thought I would start including a brief explanation of each piece from now on. This one's pretty straight-forward. It's a one-track sonic meditation played on the electric guitar (tuned to E-A-E-A-B-E) loosely based on "Happy Birthday" for IF. One take, no fixes (which I think is quite apparent once you hear it). Play it loud!
2.26.10 Piece022610 So here's the story behind my latest ImprovFriday piece. Last week I made my ImprovFriday piece. Last Friday night I took my son to a friend's house for a blues jam (which I did ended jamming in at the end).  An old friend from school posted on Facebook that I should do a "blues improvfriday" piece (thanks Chuck!). Well, if you're reading this, you should know by now that my ImprovFriday pieces don't exactly fit in the blues/rock/pop world.  However, being one for a challenge, I figured out a way to incorporate the blues into the piece. The drone that your hear is actually one 12-bar blues progression, played on my sax, then stretched out (approx 11.5x) and then adding some upper and lower harmonics (which makes it sound like more than just 1 tenor sax). Then I played a solo over it, copied the solo to a second track and processed both tracks differently. Probably more than you cared to know, but there it is.
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(feat. Steve Layton)
My ImprovFriday piece. Steve Layton is one of the members of ImprovFriday, and quite well-known an respected in new music circles. A lot of his IF activity is taking pieces by the rest of us and mashing them together (with some amazing results I night add). It is his birthday today, so I suggested that for fun, he put up a piece of us and we could do something with it. For this piece, I took the last 30 seconds or so of his piece and stretched it out approx. 5x (while adding some upper and lower harmonics). Then I put some tubular bells on the top. Celebratory icing on the cake if you will.
2.12.10 Piece021210 My ImprovFriday piece. After I made it I started wondering if there's any connection between my moods and the music I make each Friday.  Maybe they're opposites?  It's all about balance.
2.5.10 Piece020510 My ImprovFriday piece - inspired by a rainy SoCal day and a couple of sounds.
1.29.10 Piece012910 Here's my ImprovFriday piece. There's been all sorts of analog synth stuff around me lately, so I felt inspired to use my SH-101 again. It's the only instrument used, and the only processing on this piece is a bit of reverb on the "melody" track.
1.22.10 Piece012210 Got my ImprovFriday piece done on a Friday again, which somehow feels "right.". While I saw many cool toys at the NAMM show last week (including one or two that are now on my "hope to get some day" list), I'm working with what I got. In this case, it's all NLogFree, a synth for the iPhone/iTouch. That's all you hear, with no additional processing.
1.14.10 Piece011410 I have a busy couple of days ahead, so I figured I better get my ImprovFriday piece done today. While it is Thursday here, it's already Friday in Australia, so I'm going with that. Anyway, here you go.
1.8.10 Piece010810 Well, it's that time again - time for my ImprovFriday piece. I have been anxiously awaiting today, as I had some unused sounds from last week that I was saving for today's piece.  This piece uses those sounds plus a new free VST synth for the melody(ies).
1.1.10 Piece010110 My first ImprovFriday piece of the year. The other day I downloaded a bunch of free samples with the hope that I could find something to use for today's piece, and that's pretty much what I did. I found a few that I liked and then threw down a little guitar over the top.
12.25.09 Piece122509 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. I "cheated" and started this one on 12/23, anticipating a couple of busy days ahead. The only thing I didn't do was the solo Xaphoon part, which I recorded this afternoon. It's a piece for the day (and the last one of the year for IF!).
12.18.09 Piece121809 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. It's interesting how things work out sometimes (well, to me anyway). I started this one using a hurdy gurdy VST but I had issues when it came time to exporting it to audio. Not one for throwing in the towel right away, I used the same MIDI file but switched to a VST that emulates the Commodore 64 chip (which, btw, was my first computer). I then added a couple of voices to beef it up and some reverb and here you have it.
12.12.09 Piece121209 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. Well, I didn't make it on Friday (hence 121209 and not 121109), but better late than not at all, right? Also, I had some tech issues today, so couldn't work in my usual fashion. Not one for giving up too quickly, I ended up doing this one in Finale - super fast and nothing fancy. The piece feels like a rainy December day to me. That's a good thing.
12.04.09 Piece120409 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. Last week I was telling folks at the site that I never listen to other people's compositions first, as I don't want to get unduly influenced (or discouraged) by what I hear. Well, for the heck of it, I checked in early and listened to the first entry, by J.C. Combs, which is a found sound collage. For the fun of it, I decided that I would use his piece as a my starting point. A little cutting, reversing, stretching and adding a purposefully out of tune piano (with delay and reverb) later, here it is. Don't turn the volume up too loud.
11.27.09 Piece112709 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. I heard the opening drum beat in my head a few days back and planned on using it for this piece. Everything else showed up today.
11.20.09 Piece112009 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. Definitely electro-acoustic (or vice versa).
11.13.09 Piece111309 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. An electronic meditation made with only my Roland SH-101 (and a little reverb on two tracks).
11.6.09 Piece110609 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. This piece is made entirely with instruments on my iTouch (SrutiBox, Steel Guitar and NLogFree).
10.30.09 Piece103009 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. Not at all what I was originally planning, but I guess the time of year had an effect on me.
10.23.09 Piece102309 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. Last night I was thinking about seeing what I would come up with using three mallet instruments. Here it is. As a side note, This is the first piece that I am posting from this new site.  Hopefully there will be more activity here in the future (from both me and people looking for my music).
10.16.09 Piece101609 My weekly ImprovFriday piece. I guess I'm feeling industrial today. Percussion (sampled) + 2 tracks of me on my Fender Jazz bass.
10.9.09 Piece100909 - for the Mighty Noah Bailey Dowell Another ImprovFriday piece. I know Noah Bailey Dowell and his family from a church we all used to go to. He is known as "The Mighty" and he died on 10.3.09 after a battle with a rare form of cancer. He was 8 years old. He and his family are an inspiration. They are all mighty indeed!. This piece is for Noah. I don't know what else to say.
10.3.09 Piece100209 Yet Another ImprovFriday+1 piece for NetNewMusic. I'm grateful for the +1, as I didn't get this finished until today. All sounds come from the same softsynth (Mystic) that comes with Cubase 5. The melody you hear is the first and only take.
9.25.09 Piece092509 Another ImprovFriday+1 piece for NetNewMusic. My most improvised one yet. No forethought. Just played few a through sounds until I found this one. Once I found it, I messed around for a minute or two and then hit record. No click track. Just played by feel, based somewhat on the silences.
9.18.09 Piece091809 Another ImprovFriday+1 (people are now free to put them up on Saturday too, but everybody liked the "sound" of ImprovFriday) piece for NetNewMusic. Two weeks ago I was wanting to do something with bells, but "it" just wasn't there. Today I decided that I was going to limit myself to one sound. I went hunting through a few options of mine and the sound that inspired me today was . . . bells. Tibetan bells to be exact. Well, samples of them anyway. When I do these things, I try to go in with no musical ideas (hence improv) and get inspired by the sound(s). Well, here's what the inspiration was for today. With bells, I can't decide which I like most - the attack or the decay. I think it's the decay (and the harmonics you hear from it).
9.11.09 Piece091109 - In Memoriam Another ImprovFriday piece for NetNewMusic. The date says it all.
9.4.09 Piece090409 Another ImprovFriday piece for NetNewMusic. Another real improv. I wanted to do something with a bell sound but nothing was jumping out at me. I ran across this sound on my Proteus 2000, which I've been messing with since it can do a variety of tunings. The sound you hear is exactly as it sounds originally, including the delay. I purposefully left off a click and played with/against the delay of the drone (which functions like a tambura part). This one uses a Just Minor tuning.
8.28.09 Piece082809 Another ImprovFriday piece for NetNewMusic. This piece truly is an improv. Here's my day today: Wake up - find out water heater is leaking bad - go buy new water - start replacing water heater - do a quick improv while water heater starts draining - go coach saxophones at band camp at my son's high school - come home and finish installing water heater. For what it's worth, the improv is in Just intonation. I like it. It reflects the peace I need right now.
8.21.09 Piece082109 Another ImprovFriday piece for NetNewMusic. How can you go wrong with a toy piano?
8.14.09 Piece081409 Another ImprovFriday piece for NetNewMusic. I had this bass line written down on a piece of scratch paper on my drafting table, so I grabbed it and a little while later ended up with this little piece.
8.7.09 Piece080709
NOTE: THIS MP3 IS MISSING
So I belong to this group called NetNewMusic, and they do this cool thing called ImprovFriday. This is where members improvise a new piece on Friday and put it up for all to hear. I've wanted to participate since it started, but the "day job" got in the way. Well, seeing as I am still unemployed, I thought I would give it a go. The skinny on this piece is that I've been working with my son on an industrial song. He's 14 and it's our first go at really trying to make something (mostly him, with help from me on the technical side). I have a sample cd of all sorts of sounds and loops, and that was our jumping off point. Well, the other night I was up editing samples to load into Halion for him to mess with. As I sat down today, I thought I would use those sounds to get started. Once I had the "rhythm track" going, it took on it's own life. I put down a couple more tracks, but realized it was still missing something. So I pulled out the tenor, with my new Otto Link mouthpiece (which I love), and laid down the melody track. I limited myself to one take, with no fixes. A little processing and viola! Once I was done mixing and just listened back, I came to the conclusion that I ended up with some sort of tango. Sometimes it's fun to just follow things where they go.
4.12.09 Piece041009 &
Piece 041009 Version 2
So this past week I upgraded to Cubase 5 (thanks Steve!), so of course I had to check it out. There are many wonderful things about the program that I have yet to mess around with, but I wanted to at least make something to get started. Using my usual MO for these things (3 tracks, approx. 2 minutes long), I wanted to start to work with some of the VSTs. There are some great sounding synths in here, and the way the sounds are organized makes life much easier. Anyway, I found some sounds I liked and laid it down real quick. I felt that something was missing, so I added the drums, which I think was a good call. As for Version 2, there's a little more to the story. I got some money for my recent birthday and decided to spend it on something musical. I had read about a wind instrument called a Xaphoon and it intrigued me. If you're interested in seeing what it is, you can read about it here: www.xaphoon.com. I bought the green plastic one from Lark in the Morning (a great music store!). When I was reading about the xaphoon, I read mixed reviews. It's called a pocket sax, but it sounds more like a clarinet, so some people were not happy about that. My hope is that it would sound more like a duduk, which is an Armenian instrument. If you don't know what it is, hunt it down. While you're at it, check out Djivan Gasparyan - he's the man! Well, I got it, and while it's a challenge to play, mostly in terms of intonation, I think it's close enough to what I wanted to stick with it. Version 2 includes me playing the Xaphoon.
4.9.08 Piece010608 / 040908
NOTE: THIS MP3 IS MISSING
So how's this for depressing - I was originally hoping to put something up once a month, and I haven't put anything up in a year and eight months. Time sure flies by and I sure have been busy with life. I'll have to figure out a way to revisit this more often. Anyway, back in January I started a little piano and melody idea that I liked, but had to stop as it was getting late. My plan was to finish it the next day. Nice plan, but I finally had a chance to get back to it tonight. Seeing as I challenged my song writing students to get something done this week (Spring break), I figured I could do the same. As usual, here's something short, simple and (I think) beautiful. With life the way it is these days (2 jobs, 3 kids - 2 of them teenagers, etc.), simple and beautiful is what I need. I hope you feel the same way.
10.7.05 Piece100705 Wow, that took a long time to get another piece done. I finally got around to tuning (well, sort of) the kalimba I bought earlier this year in Sacramento. An African shop in Old Town Sacramento - go figure! Anyway, I'm going to be talking about African music in my world music class, so I thought that I would get the Kalimba ready to bring in to show and tell and play. I started messing around on the piano and then went from there. Just a couple of takes to get something down for fun. Oh yeah, the "drum" is the kalimba as well.
3.10.05 Piece031605 Although this piece took only 4-5 hours to write, record & mix, the process was spread out over two nights. I started it on the 16th, so that's where the title came from. I had all sorts of possible titles for this one (much more interesting ones than what I ended up with), but one of the reasons I love instrumental music so much is that you can say so much without using any words.
1.23.05 Piece012305 Wow, two in one month. Crazy! The reason I got around to a new piece so fast is that I wanted to show off my new guitars. What you're hearing is a Gibson Les Paul, a '57 Strat, and a Godin Artisan. OK, so they're not "my" guitars, but really nice samples of real guitars from Vint Audio.
1.9.05 Piece010905 Music from a rainy Sunday. That's my three-year-old son Joshua on the piano.
10.24.04 Piece102804 What can I say? Another 2 minute 3-track synth piece. I just felt like making something. Besides, I just got DSL last night and I was dying to upload something new. Dial-up never again!
3.17.04 Piece031704 10.3.14: This one was almost lost. While recovering a bunch of missing mp3s of some of the pieces above, I re-discovered this one. A nice little electric guitar piece.



 
           
     

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