22 improvisations (or improvizations, if you prefer)
 First impro on itunes
Bells provide an ostinato, bass string sounds provide a countermelody and the vocal samples (of my voice) provide the main melody with some vocal backing filling in the harmony
 Cheng 3 on itunes
Oriental sounding electronic improvisation with up and down sweeps on the gu-cheng (Chinese zither) and melodic phrases and glissandi on glass harmonica, bass flute, gu-cheng and guitar.. in a second section the instruments come together for a parodies of a courtly dances and a folk dances
 Cheng 6 on itunes
Sweeps and twiddles on the chinese zither (Gu-Cheng) mixed in with temple bells, vocal scraps of melody (live countertenor track), following a mode which crosses the oriental and the middle eastern. Makes some use of the bending of notes typical of the Gucheng
 Atmosflute improvisation on itunes
Mysterious and slow duet for hackbrett and flute with very low breathy vocal samples underneath
 Impro 11 3 90 on itunes
Melody on crumhorn samples accompanied by arpeggiato guitar, instruments change to higher crumhorn and glass harmonica, then to countertenor vocal sample with atmospheric flute, then an ensemble with whistle on top and so forth. The same tune throughout with modal variations.
 impro 24 3 90 on itunes
Mysterious mix of electronic samples and live harmonics on classical guitar with an ostinato underlying theme, followed by a lightening of the atmosphere and ethereal vocal and harp-like samples, then the two ideas merge and the guitar plays both natural and harmonic notes.
 Strange String improvisation on itunes
Impro with clarinet, cello and guitar samples providing an accompaniment in a spiky offbeat underlay tune and a strange violin sample providing a main melody
 Airhorse - a fractal impro on itunes
Mysterious meanderings on a sample halfway between tubular bell and guitar and a melody line provided by oboes. The piece is based on a midi interpretation of a fractal image called airhorse. Some of the underlay lines go into very fast phrases as the piece progresses but the oboe remains placid
 Spider - a fractal impro on itunes
Piano, xylophone and bell samples follow the fractal contours of the spider fractal. This spider is not so much spinning a web as rushing madly round her old web in search of imaginary prey, which keeps ringing its bell. The fast piano phrases represent her mad and possibly comical search
 Cheng 1 improvisation on itunes
A jolly and whimsical impro using flute, gucheng (chinese zither) and glass harmonica samples
 Bagpipe Music - after the poem by Louis MacNeice on itunes
Improvisation originally intended to accompany the poem Bagpipe music by Louis MacNeice. This is the instrumental-only version but it follows the rhythms of the poem using bagpipe and glass harmonica samples and somewhat kooky percussion
 Lament for a tree - on itunes
 Zoom 1 on itunes
No 1 in a series of 6 Zoom impros
Electric guitar multitracked using various effects on the Zoom processor - a hot day in a dusty town with wobbly sounds representing the effect of refracted light - the tune becomes becomes more folksy as the local dance band is getting ready, playing their tunes separately and not yet together.
 Zoom 2 on itunes
No 2 in a series of 6 Zoom impros
Electric guitar multitracked using various effects on the Zoom processor - an upbeat tune the local dance band is having fun backstage. There are still a few wobbly sounds to remind us of the heat of the day and a few glissandi as some of the performers stagger around with their whiskies.
 Zoom 3 on itunes
No 3 in a series of 6 Zoom impros
Electric guitar multitracked using various effects on the Zoom processor
A peaceful interlude in which the guitars show off the various sound effects they have found, intertwine with each other and simply chill out.
 Zoom 4 - The slippery cowboy on itunes
No 4 in a series of 6 Zoom impros
Electric guitar multitracked using various effects on the Zoom processor - a sort of Country and Western backing with lots of glissando effects, this jolly cowboy is riding out of town having had a great time and looking forward to a future hangover, but meanwhile he hums some of the tunes he heard the band playing.
 Zoom 5 - Chocolate waltz on itunes
No 5 in a series of 6 Zoom impros
Electric guitar multitracked using various effects on the Zoom processor - a piece in three time - with a chocolatey feel to it.
 Zoom 6
No 6 in a series of 6 Zoom impros on itunes
Electric guitar multitracked using various effects on the Zoom processor - the band is backstage again trying out the effects it has found.
 What made mistress Winter jump on itunes
Mistress Winter's Jump by John Dowland recreated on various samples including cats, voices and sheep, ending with a more or less original version on vocal samples
 Limp on Archimedes on itunes
Tune in 3-3-3-2-2 time - some of us may limp but we have a good time doing it :-)
Created on the Archimedes computer and various synths and samples.
 Laendler on itunes
A sort of German dance in a jolly three time using the Archimedes computer and various samples. These include a xylophone/vibraphone cross and a harpsichord/piano cross and violin. It modulates wildly from time to time.
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