Who blogs anymore? More of us should, actually. It has to beat posting to our generic blue and white diary right? Since I last updated this blog (which as you may know doubles as my artist website) I was lauding Bruce Hamilton for his efforts over the years with ImprovFriday. Since that post, however, we decided on a name change to accurately represent the online event. You see, we felt the fact that the event carries over to Saturday and now opens Thursday didn’t match the title. Couple that with the broader scope of music beyond improvisation and, thus, we decided a name change was in order. Not that anything regarding the event needed change, just the name. So now we are Sound-In. If you remember the days of sit-ins, love-ins or even bed-ins, then you will get the gist of the name.
Secondly, I’ve been advising a new radio-show-turned-video-cast called “Words on New Music” with Paul Muller and Jim Goodin at YT. The online broadcasts review artists from the Sound-In events in addition to all sorts of new music artists. They also produce in-depth interviews.
Also it was nice to discover a work of mine was picked up from my Soundcloud page called “recycled piano” and included in the fine radio show Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk (WFMU), 91.1 fm in New York, at 90.1 fm in the Hudson Valley. Check out the show here.
Update: ”Recycled Piano” was picked up by the label “Spectropol” to accompany two other works on the album “Gazing,” due out sometime in June 2013.
I’m going to get around to actually create a section for the ImprovFriday “mind” here. I have included the advisers back in the early days, Harrington and Toub, and the artists who followed, involved presently: Layton and Muller. Now its Bruce Hamilton‘s turn.
I remember Bruce participating way, way back in the summer of 2009. Every week he would post something very original and one particular event it was so damn hot outside…. Oh yeah, its an online event right? Well anyway, Bruce lives in my state (Washington), and he posted a piece called “Fanner.” He recorded his fan and manipulated the sound and turned it into a wonderful piece.
I wouldn’t admit this to Bruce publicly, but I asked him to work with ImprovFriday due to his vast experience with new music events, in particular his experience with BEAF. And its no coincidence that IF has flourished in our little niche due to the advice of Mr. Hamilton. Bruce was the lead and key figure curating releases IF vol. 1-2.
Bruce also heads up a very active new music label “spectropol”. Definitely check that out, with an array of seriously talented artists.
Steve Layton put together a four track album titled “Four Night Scenes”- for the Amaranth Sound net-label, which is an IF Event label focusing primarily on compilation projects. My work, “Magic Theater – Entrance Not For Everybody (feat. Noyes, Sanderson, Sundström), is included. A mixture of pieces and electronic treatment feat. Lee Noyes “punaises de lit” Richard Sanderson “Lights of the Bay” and Roger ErocNet Sundström “Verto Serpentes.” The title is a line from Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse.
Four Night Scenes: “A series of four interrelated mash-ups, of tracks created during the August 2-4, 2012 ImprovFriday online event. All of them share very similar material, length, and a deep ambiance, but each masher’s take on the material is distinctive and personal. The mashers are Steve Layton, J.C. Combs, and Roger Sundström; the musicians mashed are Benjamin Smith, Steve Moshier, Paul H. Muller, Lee Noyes, Richard Sanderson, Roger Sundström, Chris Vaisvil, Lydia Busler-Blais, as well as insect sound samples from lorenzosu, acclivity, and reinsamba at Freesound.org.” – Steve Layton
I still haven’t made a video for “confessions” but was happy to see a new video from a work from the album on ilirlluka’s channel at YT which is described as ” about sensitive music, generally experimental and electronic compositions mixed with classical/neoclassical elements , going from ambient and minimalism to abstract and avant-garde music, in the purpose of creating personal sensorial situations and for a deep and intellectual listening.”
And so I wanted to give that channel a shout out for doing a nice service for the arts.
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Sound-In: An online new music event. Each week the Sound-In will kick off at 5 pm Thursday, PST, concluding at 6 pm Saturday, PST. It’s very easy to join in, all you have to do is post a newly created new music work. A Sound-In includes a variety of new music ranging from free improvisation, musique concrète. acousmatic, electroacoustic, minimalism, postminimalism, (and more) and various arranging and rearranging techniques. Sound-In serves as an online venue for your creativity and is held in the forum.
Detailed instructions and rules are located here. Visit there if this is your first time participating. Note: We use an embedded media player on the site. Just look for the small gray tab in the bottom-left of any page; click it and you’ll see a playlist for all the tracks on the page. Happy music making and listening!