I’ve long been interested in the possibilities of free solo improvisation – starting from nothing, with no creative expectations other than to let the music flow and develop in the moment. I explored it on my own for many years, and then started recording improvisations occasionally in the mid-2000s. I was initially hesitant to share these recordings for a number of reasons, including the awareness that this kind of thing is pretty easy to do badly, and that it might fall into the category of “music that’s more fun to make than to listen to.”
When I made the first track below, my intentions were to get some practice as an engineer recording the piano (it’s difficult to record well) and to blow off some steam after a stressful week. An audience was the last thing on my mind.
A few days after the recording session, I was surprised to discover that I enjoyed listening to it. Eventually I played it for some musician friends, and they liked it too.
While a full CD of solo improvisations is still on my to-do list, for now here are three samples. I encourage you to listen with a good set of headphones or speakers to get the full impact.
The first one starts off quite frenetic, but evolves into something much more lyrical.
|December 19, 2004 - Part 1|
|August 19, 2008 - Part 2|
|August 19, 2008 - Part 4|
All songs Copyright © Bob Karty.