Friday, April 21, 2006

Improvisation on April 21st, 2006

Picture005blured2_1I've decided to add another improvisation to my blog tonight. I've been meaning to post more improvisations, but despite my initial enthusiasm for my Apple GarageBand software, I've subsequently decided that unless you use a lot of peddle the grand piano sound there is rather unfortunate. Anyway, although I'm most comfortable with a piano, I'm learning to appreciate the other sounds GarageBand has to offer. Actually, using other sounds both in the software, as well as just on my keyboard, is teaching me a lot about Bach's fugues. His fugues are so much easier to play with an organ sound. This shouldn't be surprising given that Bach was both one of the best organists of his day, and the composer of arguably the best organ music ever written, but I never adequately appreciated how much more freedom one has on an organ. It's much easier to change fingers in the middle of a chord, or to get out of a fingering puzzle (which can happen quite frequently with Bach), when you don't have to worry so much about getting the initial attack of your notes right.

Anyway, as usual, I don't claim this little improvisation at my keyboard is anything great, but I thought it sort of captured my mood tonight before going to sleep. I suppose a "mood" is not quite the right world. Occasionally, amid the tumult and insanity that happens every day, I sometimes get an intuition of some sort of constancy amid it all, and that intuition alone is somehow reassuring. This short improvisation sort of captured this feeling for me tonight, so well, in fact, that I've actually started transcribing a version of it into musical notation. Perhaps it will form the foundation for something interesting in the future. In the meantime, the link to the AAC file is here, the MP3 is here.

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