ImprovFriday – Threadin’ the Needle

Every Thursday afternoon a splendid spontaneous gathering begins at the experimental improvisational Internet site and web community known as ImprovFriday. Started by musician/sound artist J.C. Combs, the site on the Ning network has steadily attracted musicians worldwide interested in pushing the edge of aural creativity.

The weekend ‘thread’ as it’s known launches officially at 4pm PST with an open call for it’s community of 150+ members to post newly created music either complete or not on the Thursday thru Saturday 10pm PST forum, the foundation of the ‘thread’.

Each participant is free to download any of the posted pieces and ‘mash-up’ with their own ideas, reposting to expand on the original idea or more probably take it entirely somewhere new.

I’m been participating in ImprovFriday for the last 3 months and have found it amazingly fresh, inspiring and a constant sense of both honor and encouragement from each fellow artist.

In addition to the musical dialog, thread participants post their reactions, thoughts and feelings throughout the open weekend call. ImprovFriday member Paul Muller and host of the monthly ImprovFriday Radio series, often posts brief review comments to as many pieces as possible which are sometimes pushing 50 pieces of amazing original music each weekend. I too have tried to post my thoughts to all participating artists as much as possible as for it’s a way of ‘giving back’ when I can.

In an effort to give visibility to our wonderful gathering located at, I’ve jotted down the following responses which are just momentary reactions on listening to each piece from the recent thread of June 3-5, 2010.

Member musician Musical Work My Reaction
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen YM2612 (6/4/10-#1)/AB Close to the circuits, like being inside a pinball machine.
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen The Not So Lonely Piano Player Anymore (feat. Roger “ErocNet” Sundström) Right out of R2D2!
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen MD/GBA 06/05/10-#1 Highly creative ‘noize’ with great sense of backwardness/forwardness.
Jeff Fairbanks Dented Tim Story like melody but still finding the ‘noise’.
Joseph Benzola Patti & Lenny Crash the Stage at the Electro Singalese Bar in the Bronx Great visionary vibe and I think I hear an udu!
Roger “ErocNet” Sundström Gitimp100604 Hands on strings, inside the coils.
Roger “ErocNet” Sundstrôm Gitimp100604-2 Tension on the wire, bouncing colors from above.
Roger “ErocNet” Sundström Gitimp100604-3 Great sense of minimalism, in instrument and feel
Roger “ErocNet” Sundström The Lonely Piano Player Guests in one room, piano soul in the other, blissfully oblivion unites.
Roger “ErocNet” Sundström Slownoisen feat. Jukka-Pekka Kerviven, Bruce Hamilton & Paul Muller I think there is a sleeping polar bear rising from the mix!
Roger “ErocNet” Sundström Line Dancer feat. Steve Layton & Ken Palmer Lovely color and mystery, bit of Pat Metheny at times.
Roger “ErocNet” Sundström Law Twist feat. Jukka-Pekka Kerviven & Jim Goodin I’m proud to be part of this mash, Roger thanks (think the R man is feeling my struggles with the lawyers of late). Great noise from Jukka.
Greg Hooper That Which Hair Is Flesh To feat. Benjamin Smith, Jérôme Poirier, Peter Thörn, Norbert Oldani, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström, voice 0f Virginia Baxter Atmospheric environmental. Voice midway reminiscent of Hal in 2001 or the voice in Portal.
Steve Layton Thrumdrum Lower east side from the heart of Texas!
Steve Layton Epic feat. Peter Thörn, Norbert Oldani, Bruce Hamilton, Steve Moshier, Steve Layton, Jérôme Poirier Clocks, the turning of time, voices in the halls…
Steve Layton Bedroom Window echoes of Mark Isham.
Steve Layton The Ties That Break or Bind feat. Bruce Hamilton, Lee Noyes, Roger Sundström, Jim Goodin Thanks for including me in this mash and bringing some balance to my angst at the time with Misters’ Hamilton, Noyes & Sundström.
Steve Layton Outward feat. Jeff Fairbanks, Jeff Duke, Gaetano Fontanazza, Shane Cadman, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen Jeff Fairbanks, Jeff Duke, Gaetano Fontanazza, Shane Cadman, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen Lovely mash, reflective canyons and journey’s.
Steve Layton Corroboree feat. Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Peter Thörn, Lee Noyes, Steve Layton, Roger Sundström Glitch, oscillations and pensive tones from the North.
Steve Layton Die Wunderkammer feat. Ken Palmer, Benjamin Smith, Steve Moshier, Norbert Oldani Lovely pensive tones, indeed a ‘cabinet of curiosity’.
Steve Layton Manic feat. Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Lee Noyes, Roger Sundström, Jérôme Poirier, Jim Goodin Flattered to once again be in one of Mr. L’s mashes and in a word as the name implies…
Norbert Oldani Rhythm Improvisation Synth patches against latin percussion, for some reason reminds me of Stan Kenton who in a sense was ‘experimental’ for his time.
J.C. Combs Random Title Generatorfeat. J.C. Combs, Norbert Oldani, James Ross, Shane Cadman, Roger “ErocNet” Sundström Inside a clock beginning seguing to ambient/mixed media, technique J.C. does so well.
J.C. Combs Soundreel feat. Werner Herzog, Buddy Holly, Easy Rider, Star Wars, Afrika Bambaataa, Taxi Driver, Planet of the Apes Wow echoing on the mixed media, all wonderful ‘Hollywood’ moments brought together in reflective mix.
Paul Muller IF 6-4-10 A contrast to Paul’s more rhythmic recent pieces, floating angelic patches.
Paul Muller Thrumdrum Plus feat. Steve Layton Paul mashes his floating ostinato synth wash with Steve’s streetesque beats proving how things grow on IF.
Peter Thörn A Close Shave In physical, much manipulation about the piano soundboard, in the metaphysical, spirits at the door.
Peter Thörn 6 Layers in Audacity Pulse, stare, across the room…
Bruce Hamilton Fliss Floating, pulsing, melancholy, light.
Bruce Hamilton Looj feat. Miles Hamilton-Sommer Spooky, native lands
Bruce Hamilton Basstop Pensive, a story within.
Bruce Hamilton Compulsion TVesque open, could be Hill Street…
Bruce Hamilton Lonely Duo feat. Roger “ErocNet” Sundström More ghostly tones in this mash, lots of spirits in this thread.
Bruce Hamilton Paint the Sun Danger feat. Jim Goodin, Steve Moshier Once again nice to be mashed and to be balanced with such a cool vibe from Steve.
Jim Goodin Blur Between The Lines feat. Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Peter Thörn and Bruce Hamilton Not meaning to review my own work but in this is the mash I of three others, thought it neat textures.
Ken Palmer Sqall Line knowing Ken hails from Missouri and it’s tornado season in the mid-west/south I can feel the approaching winds in this piece.
Lee Noyes Filter Rolls Great oscillations and Lee’s fav past time of space between the tones.
Lee Noyes Passionate, Irregular There is indeed passion both ‘for’ and ‘in the noise’ here.
Steve Moshier Tale of Two Cities Around each corner, who goes there? ‘Ghostbuster’ tones here, sense of motion.
Steve Moshier Hatari Neat ‘street beat’ to stellar melody, tip of the hat to Mancini?
Benjamin Smith Ben.Improv.May.30.2010 Randomness and exploring but with ‘Monk like’ sensibilities.
Benjamin Smith Ben.Improv.Jun.4.2010 Nice patch texture muted steel drum core meets Michael Oldfield
Steve Layton & Benjamin Smith After Hours Touching interplay, analog to digital, digital to analog.
Shane Cadman Piece0604010 Lovely acoustic work, thinking lines akin to Steve Khan.
Shane Cadman if060410_Muller_Cadman feat. Paul Muller Thinking of Shadowfax…
Usit Gaetano Fontanzza & Jeff Duke Regolith These guys have been working together a lot through NinJam and the result is wonderfully connected muse from thousands miles away.
Jérôme Poirier Portrait : Sans Titre 52 d’Eric Lepoureux Lyrical low end bowing, forceful direction surrounded by interesting percussive/plucked textures.

Visit us on ImprovFriday at each weekend to follow the newest thread and work.

Jim Goodin/Wood and Wire Music


About Jim Goodin

I'm a musician with focus on new and experimental music, podcaster and voice over guy. I'm a runner and biker.
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