Improvisation, Part 4 – Bettine, McCoy, Heyer

Let me start out by saying that improvising is a very personal thing. So what we have here, is my take on what I do. I’m sure you have different ideas floating around in your head. You might like what I played, you might not—I didn’t like everything I did over the course of the day. But that’s a big part of improvising, you have to accept the great with the not so great ideas played.

The idea here is to take a peek inside my brain, inside my creative process and hopefully understand how I approach music, especially improvisation. And maybe you can glean some ideas and inspiration to propel your own musical explorations.

Video Analysis


Alright, here we are, the video of the 1st improv session recorded, and my analysis of what I was doing. The video is only of myself, but the audio features both John McCoy and Sarah Heuer on electronics and samples.

It was a little after 9am on a Saturday morning. I had just hauled in and set up 13 cases/bags of percussion. I had no idea what to expect, because most of the people I was going to record with I had never met before. A few I knew, and knew how they played/approached music, and 2 of them I had played with before. But this was a blank slate, so I tried not to bring too many expectations with me.

The video features my voiceover explaining what I was doing and what I was thinking. It turned out well and I hope you can get a feel for how I was working that morning. 1 down, 30 more track to go.

I took the mixed down track from Jason Wietlispach and dropped onto the video. By luck/intuition, it was synced on the 1st try!


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There you have it, a 1st look into my creative process. In Part 5, we’ll explore another video.

~ MB




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