Short and Sweet!
The instrumentation for this project presents a unique perspective to balance rhythm, harmony, and melody. The instant composition theme gives a identity to a process that has become very familiar over the years. Having an anchor for the idea helps develop different perspectives to the approach.
My pursuit has become refining a process to format distinct compositions that are unique every time they’re performed. I wish to simultaneously create something new in a performance of a original composition with influence from those I’m playing with and those I’m playing for. It’s really interesting to discuss approach and process with other creative people. You start to discover that the details are as infinite as the process. It’s refreshing to know that at this point in life we’ve yet to even scratch the surface.
We got in the studio today and just played the first thing that came out. It’s amazing how freeing it is to just open up and let sound flow out with complete disregard for structure. This endeavor yielded multiple ideas that we captured on disc. Patrick gave me a process idea like instant composition that makes a lot of sense to me. There isn’t a need for a traditional delivery schedule when every take is its own distinct entity. Therefore make everything a take by recording it. I would argue that the digital age, social media, and technology is the best thing that has happened for obsessive artists that love to create. We get to catalog everything while mining for nuggets to refine into compositions. I look at it as a reference point to exchange greetings then start a new musical conversation about whatever strikes our fancy.
Creating, composing, and performing in the moment can be a difficult simplicity but it’s so fun and never fails to excite and challenge!
We got together for the first session since the late January break. During that time off we both got to play in some fresh situations with friends. The turn of events lead to some new conclusions that have had an impact on my perspective of our creative process.
During the break I ended up in a place I had never been. This place wasn’t at all what I had expected. The hour car ride there was consumed with a fascinating discussion about instant composition. My mind began to dwell on defining the bridge that communicates what is being created, composed, and performed in an instant composition among players.
Playing at a wedding presided over by a divorce attorney in the break clarified what is going down. It illustrated how duel capacities can coexist to produce something tangible. Pieces of ice in a cup of water became the idea anchor. One to cool and one to refresh.
With all that in mind we opened up and played the first thing that came out. We got two new ideas to develop on disc in addition to cutting two of the tracks from the set. The process to record structured improvised performances is getting more comfortable. The situation feels balanced and rewarding as we create, refine, and rehearse simultaneously. Getting the take and letting it flow.