Re: improvising

Subject: Re: improvising
From: Prof Malone (
Date: Wed Mar 16 2005 - 19:32:41 EST

hey damian

welcome to the land of the muses

there are lots of us

here is my island

happy tunes
don malone

it takes all of us

on 3.16.05 3:03 PM, Damian Stewart at wrote:

> (cross-posted from acma-l) > > hey everybody, > > i've recently started experimenting with using my laptop as a live > instrument, totally improvising, with no prepared sessions or clips or > what have you. > > this means i can play alongside 'real' musicians in a free improv > environment and communicate with them musically in real time, which i'm > finding is an amazing experience, far better than i'd ever thought > possible with a computer. > > problem (or not?) is that i have little or no background for comparison > with what i'm doing. i'm fumbling about in the dark, which is great fun, > but i'm wondering whether i'm covering ground other people have explored > already. > > to that end i'd love to read any writings or musings or ramblings anyone > has or knows of on or around the topic. i just had a jam tonight with my > lappy and three 'real musicians' (guitar, organ, percussion) in a free > improv situation where discernable loops, beats, rhythms, or pulse were > banned outright, and i had a ball. got me thinking some crazy thoughts > about what it means to make music on a computer or otherwise, what it > means to make music live, down to what constituted the breakthroughs in > popular musical forms once acousmatic techniques and principles became > part of the everyday working environment of the producer to an extent > that they jammed on them (lee scratch perry, king tubby; detroit techno > and the house movement)... > > crossovers between improvising and composing, the process of > construction of a musical object versus the playback of the resultant > musical object (if you were to record the desk output as someone was > using protools to write a piece would that in itself be a separate > musical object? would the recording be worth listening to, would it be > musically interesting? would parts of it be worth listening to?).. > > brain going a hundred miles an hour, just ramblin' away. > > (hi! i'm new here. (waves)) >

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