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improv 1 — needle ice

By Coauctor on January 3, 2018 5:07 pm

For Weekly Beats 2018 I decided to record improvisations using a set of creative limitations:

1. Digital piano Yamaha P-35 as an input device
3. No second chance, only warming up before a recording
4. No melody editing after a record is made
2. VSTs allowed but limited to four assets, one for each season


Winter VST: Mikro Prism by Native Instruments


Why am I doing this? To explore improvisation as a tool of being present here and now

This submission is licensed by author under CC0 Creative Commons Zero (Public Domain)

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January 8, 2018 8:36 am

I like this a LOT smile. Great atmosphere.

January 8, 2018 10:28 am

nice and frosty. wonderful improvisation.

January 8, 2018 10:39 am

Love this. Beautiful melody.

January 8, 2018 10:48 am

wow this is haunting, really love it! ... love your challenge too, will check back this space, good work

January 8, 2018 11:59 am

At times it sounds like a warped music box. I really like the modulation in the effects. Thanks!

January 8, 2018 1:35 pm

beautiful!

January 8, 2018 3:55 pm

This track is mesmerizing!  Excited to see where your "limitations" take you this year!

January 9, 2018 1:23 am

Pretty sounds and I like the approach.

January 9, 2018 2:16 am

Wow this is absolutely beautiful.  Much respect to anyone who can improvise and make it sound this lovely.

January 9, 2018 7:26 am

Cool set of limitations you have set and a really nice wintry dream of a mix on the P35.  smile

January 9, 2018 8:21 am

Some cool twists in the harmony early on and chimey tone.  I'm a fan of improv and no edits if it can be executed effectively.  Will check out more.

January 9, 2018 10:48 am

From the point of view of view of a guy who can't play anything without looping it for 400 times and even then makes huge mistakes, your limitations seems terribly daunting. Much much respect to you, Sir!!!

Sounds icy and crystaline... quite beautiful, in fact

January 9, 2018 1:14 pm

Hey folks! Thank you so much for kind words. It's really inspiring.

Last year I kinda lost motivation for recording improvs. There's a twisted pleasure in playing something just once. But without recording you can't share cool stuff you found. Hope WB format will be fruitful and exciting for you and me.

zlatovlas wrote:

I like this a LOT smile. Great atmosphere.

Glad you liked it! Again, congrats with your first submission ever aaand waiting for the second entry.

Q-Rosh wrote:

nice and frosty. wonderful improvisation.

Thanks! It’s great when people interpret music adding qualities like “frosty”. As you can see from the comments, several people picked this up.

Bleeoop wrote:

Love this. Beautiful melody.

Coolio!

XC3N wrote:

wow this is haunting, really love it! ... love your challenge too, will check back this space, good work

Thank you. Hope you will find interesting stuff here next week. It would also be great to check out your pre-Shanghai tracks. To see what’s changed after the relocation.

Bellebushka wrote:

At times it sounds like a warped music box. I really like the modulation in the effects. Thanks!

I like music boxes. Playing high piano keys is strangely satisfying. Maybe because of this “music box” feeling. As for the sound, it’s purely Micro Prism, I just picked up the preset and tweaked it a bit. But it’s good and free!

katrin wrote:

beautiful!

Coolio!

kaedo sevaada wrote:

This track is mesmerizing!  Excited to see where your "limitations" take you this year!

Thanks for sharing the gif! I guess this improv is wintry indeed, since people here interpret it this way. I like when interpretation is not specific but the feeling is the same for the most of listeners.
Hope to share cool new improv next week!

license wrote:

Pretty sounds and I like the approach.

Coolio! Sometimes constraints make us more creative.

Masikus wrote:

Wow this is absolutely beautiful.  Much respect to anyone who can improvise and make it sound this lovely.

Woah, thank you! It’s both frightening and rewarding to improvise.

Tone Matrix wrote:

Cool set of limitations you have set and a really nice wintry dream of a mix on the P35.  smile

Yay, winter imagery! I’m glad people picking it up.

rdomain wrote:

Some cool twists in the harmony early on and chimey tone.  I'm a fan of improv and no edits if it can be executed effectively.  Will check out more.

Thanks! I’ll try to improve my execution. It’s one of the goals for WB.

laguna wrote:

From the point of view of view of a guy who can't play anything without looping it for 400 times and even then makes huge mistakes, your limitations seems terribly daunting. Much much respect to you, Sir!!!

Sounds icy and crystaline... quite beautiful, in fact

Thank you! Oh man, I wish I could do looping. But I just can’t construct a melody using tiny pieces. There are great examples of this technique, like Long Arm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0IKVJnyClM

Also, seems like this improv is all about ice, winter, and crystals. Cool (pun intended)!

January 9, 2018 1:59 pm
Coauctor wrote:

Thank you! Oh man, I wish I could do looping. But I just can’t construct a melody using tiny pieces. There are great examples of this technique, like Long Arm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0IKVJnyClM

Also, seems like this improv is all about ice, winter, and crystals. Cool (pun intended)!

Man, I love Long Arm and his releases on Project Mooncircle! Excellent pick, BTW. For me chopping tiny pieces is easy, but facing a blank keyboard... TERRIFYING!!! How you know where to go?

Maybe we could chop your inprovs if you see fit wink

January 9, 2018 6:07 pm

My old stuff is at http://xc3n.net smile

January 10, 2018 10:59 am

Oh, I really like this! Great stuff!

January 10, 2018 3:52 pm

Love the melodies in this muchly.  Loving the improvisation idea for your weekly beats.  Good luck and looking forward to more!

January 10, 2018 8:59 pm
XC3N wrote:

My old stuff is at http://xc3n.net smile

Cool, now I have a point of reference. smile
HU1K3D is osom.

January 10, 2018 9:08 pm
laguna wrote:
Coauctor wrote:

Thank you! Oh man, I wish I could do looping. But I just can’t construct a melody using tiny pieces. There are great examples of this technique, like Long Arm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0IKVJnyClM

Also, seems like this improv is all about ice, winter, and crystals. Cool (pun intended)!

Man, I love Long Arm and his releases on Project Mooncircle! Excellent pick, BTW. For me chopping tiny pieces is easy, but facing a blank keyboard... TERRIFYING!!! How you know where to go?

Maybe we could chop your inprovs if you see fit wink


Long Arm is a god caught in a loop caught in a loop god caught is a.

You described this "where to go" fear precisely. At the start you don't know where to go. I spent at least a year just staring at the keyboard occasionally. Then I started to repeat cool stuff I heard from other songs. Repeating is analysis helping you decompose smth. By decomposing you get new building blocks. New blocks give you more variety.

Yeah, great idea with chopping! I can share some sources if you want to make samples for yourself. Let's think of it on Sunday!

January 10, 2018 9:54 pm

Bravo, complimenti smile

January 11, 2018 2:17 am

I'm a sucker for pieces like this but it might just be my fav of the week. Great, great job -- especially setting those limits

January 11, 2018 4:10 am
Coauctor wrote:
XC3N wrote:

My old stuff is at http://xc3n.net smile

Cool, now I have a point of reference. smile
HU1K3D is osom.

here is the source for funfact factor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbZttteBbW4

January 11, 2018 4:27 am

Brilliant, not only an interesting concept for weekly beats but also a pleasure to listen to

January 11, 2018 7:20 am

WOW, the emotion! such a beautifully chilly song. i dunno if i should cry or not? i'll probably just cry

January 11, 2018 8:53 pm

Nice lil finger warmer! Good start kid

January 12, 2018 4:44 pm

Impressively beautiful. Given the self-imposed restrictions, even more so.

January 12, 2018 9:49 pm

So! I'm a religious improviser. It's like, my "thing". I really dig this piece and the atmosphere definitely draws one in.

Wish it went on longer, o whell guess I'll have to loop it...

... Improv is Godd

January 13, 2018 4:58 pm

those are very harsh limitations you're operating under!
but if this is the result ... guess it must be working smile
This is very beautiful - I like a lot that the pace picks up towards the end.

Great work!

January 14, 2018 11:06 am

Excellent impro with a lot of character!

January 14, 2018 11:49 am
I_See_Drones wrote:

Bravo, complimenti smile

Thanks!

Sodabelly wrote:

I'm a sucker for pieces like this but it might just be my fav of the week. Great, great job -- especially setting those limits

Glad you liked it! So you’re into improvs in general or this kind of melodies?

XC3N wrote:
Coauctor wrote:
XC3N wrote:

My old stuff is at http://xc3n.net smile


Cool, now I have a point of reference. smile
HU1K3D is osom.


here is the source for funfact factor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbZttteBbW4

Funfact? So you were inspired by this track to produce HU1K3D? Am I getting it right?

Jason Nijjer wrote:

Brilliant, not only an interesting concept for weekly beats but also a pleasure to listen to

Thank you! The first piece went so smooth. The second one is more rough on the edges, but more interesting in terms of a melody. Hope you’ll check it out next week. smile

strolts wrote:

WOW, the emotion! such a beautifully chilly song. i dunno if i should cry or not? i'll probably just cry

This is inspiring, thank you. Good cry is revealing!

Jim Wood wrote:

Impressively beautiful. Given the self-imposed restrictions, even more so.

Thanks! I believe in the creative limitation concept. It was fruitful so far.

G.Versão wrote:

So! I'm a religious improviser. It's like, my "thing". I really dig this piece and the atmosphere definitely draws one in.
Wish it went on longer, o whell guess I'll have to loop it...
... Improv is Godd

Praise the “here and now” feeling! The second improv is longer though I still didn’t find the balance between length and interest. It also depends on how far I can go with what found.
Hope you’ll check out the second one next week!

dj someguy wrote:

those are very harsh limitations you're operating under!
but if this is the result ... guess it must be working smile
This is very beautiful - I like a lot that the pace picks up towards the end.
Great work!

Thank you! Pacing is one of the trickiest things when improvising. Fast tempo challenges your music memory and skill.

m2K7 wrote:

Excellent impro with a lot of character!

I’m glad you’ve noticed the character in this one. Thanks for kind words!

January 14, 2018 12:54 pm

Haha no I meant fun fact: I sampled this track (but the results make it pretty unrecognizable)

January 14, 2018 1:20 pm
XC3N wrote:

Haha no I meant fun fact: I sampled this track (but the results make it pretty unrecognizable)

Ah! Got it. Wow the result is unrecognizable. smile

January 14, 2018 11:21 pm
Sodabelly wrote:

I'm a sucker for pieces like this but it might just be my fav of the week. Great, great job -- especially setting those limits

Glad you liked it! So you’re into improvs in general or this kind of melodies?

I used to do lots of improv stuff and live experimentation but these days I usually polish things down until they become a charmless lump. I need to...uhh 'free' myself and maybe just jam around more.

I'm the biggest fan of ambient music that I know of, so especially the sound of this -- the melody and the atmosphere -- it kills me! smile

January 14, 2018 11:32 pm
Sodabelly wrote:
Sodabelly wrote:

I'm a sucker for pieces like this but it might just be my fav of the week. Great, great job -- especially setting those limits

Glad you liked it! So you’re into improvs in general or this kind of melodies?

I used to do lots of improv stuff and live experimentation but these days I usually polish things down until they become a charmless lump. I need to...uhh 'free' myself and maybe just jam around more.

I'm the biggest fan of ambient music that I know of, so especially the sound of this -- the melody and the atmosphere -- it kills me! smile

Thanks for the explanation! Indeed, sometimes polishing is harmful. I started having troubles with getting something to the final form. All that I was writing seemed stale.

So the improv helps me finding fresh stuff. I can definitely recommend you to jam more if you feel something similar. smile

January 16, 2018 4:01 am

V dreamy. I'm calmed by the bell sounds you chose smile

January 17, 2018 12:46 pm
Oso Feo wrote:

V dreamy. I'm calmed by the bell sounds you chose smile

Hey, thanks for listening checking out #1. smile
Yeah, I find bells and "crystal" sounds very appealing for certain kinds of mood.

January 19, 2018 2:39 am

Yeah very niiiice... icey, atmospheric and soothing

January 20, 2018 11:54 am
Podling wrote:

Yeah very niiiice... icey, atmospheric and soothing

Thank you! Decided to use this ice theme.
So now this entry is called "improvisation #1 — ice needle"

September 5, 2018 7:09 am

mysterious, thank you!

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