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  Free improvisation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Free improvisation or free music is improvised music without any rules beyond the taste of the musicians involved, and not in any particular style.
The music generally thought of as "Free Improvisation" developed in the U.S. and Europe in the mid and late 1960's, largely as an outgrowth of free jazz and modern classical musics.
Free improvisation is both a musical genre and a technique.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_improvisation   (666 words)

It is a logical situation: freely improvised music is an activity which encompasses too many different kinds of players, too many different attitudes to music, too many different concepts of what improvisation is, even, for it all to be subsumed under one name.
Free improvisation, in addition to being a highly skilled musical craft, is open to use by almost anyone -- beginners, children and non-musicians.
The emergence of free improvisation as a cohesive movement in the early sixties and its subsequent continuous practice has excited a profusion of sociological, philosophical, religious and political explanations, but I shall have to leave those to authors with the appropriate appetite and ability.
www.cortical.org /dbfree.html   (825 words)

 Free music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Free music can also mean free improvisation: improvised music without any rules, and not in any particular style.
Free music, like free software, is music that can freely be copied, distributed and modified for any purpose.
Thus free music is either in the public domain or licensed under a public license.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_music   (198 words)

 part2outro   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the case of free jazz, we can trace clearly both the "jazz" and the "free" lines--i.e., virtually all of the artists seminal to the local genre did come out of the "pre-free" jazz tradition, and that shows in the skills they bring to their liberatory reactions against certain elements of that tradition.
Henry Miller is a good example of a "rough" writer; free jazz certainly served that function for those wasting away in the body-numbing cerebro-junk of the bop tradition, or under the shadow of dominant cultures and their appropriations and assimilations of earlier challenges, as in African America, Germany, and Japan.
Free improvisation in music is that state; it has given birth to other states, and they in turn to it.
mheffley.web.wesleyan.edu /almatexts/almamusicology/part2outro.htm   (12900 words)

 Habits of Waste - On the Other Hand: Derek Bailey
Conventional wisdom has it that free improvisation music is resolutely unpopular, the ultimate cult item that can't be "nailed." It's generally seen as having emerged out of the later efforts of John Coltrane, taking up his impassioned, energetic approach to improvisation and completely severing any lingering connection to chord structures and song forms.
At the same time, free improvisers were often aware of the avant-garde classical practices of John Cage and others, such as the use of indeterminate scores and instruments treated in innovative ways.
Free improvisation could move forward, avoiding the dead end, because of the many opportunities for cross-fertilization to continually renew it.
www.habitsofwaste.wwu.edu /issues/1/iss1art5.shtml   (3042 words)

 timeess   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Free jazz and its branches are as free of such constraints as they are of the constraints of tonality both diatonic and chromatic.
Of course, each improvisation is different; likewise, it should be understood that each analysis of the same recorded event is only one of many possible from a succession of listenings.
Whatever aesthetic or philosophical meaning the freely improvised musical gesture has is thus ascribed metaphorically to it rather than prescribed allegorically by it, again bringing the analyst/theorist--audience, for that matter--into full participation in creation, rather than into the subservience of an aspirant to or mouthpiece of the esoteric knowledge.
mheffley.web.wesleyan.edu /almatexts/almajobtalk/timeess.htm   (3026 words)

The changes occurred after a period of glorifying performances that were objective and faithful to the original (Stravinsky and Schönberg) and rejecting interpretations brimming with individual embellishments, variation, or improvisation in the manner of Liszt or Busoni.
It is known that improvisers, unlike performers of traditional scores, need to have a reservoir of motor patterns, structures, scales, etc. at their disposal.
Every free and "non-idiomatic" improvisation is based on somewhat familiar material since the improviser cannot ignore his musical background, his musical baggage.
www.newmusicbox.org /article.nmbx?id=1672   (972 words)

 Free Improvisation
Free jazz gradually removed conventional structure - chords, melodic themes, regular rhythm—but free improvisation took their absence as its starting point.
Harriott is one of the neglected pioneers of free improvisation.
John Stevens and SME were central to the development of free improvisation, crucially transforming free jazz into free improvisation as we know it.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=18638   (868 words)

 Elsdon, Peter S. (2001)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Free improvisation has generally been understood in a negative sense, as the absence of preconceived rules in performance.
Improvisers seek to play the unknown, to constantly reconfigure their approach and avoid becoming formulaic.
Free improvisation emerges as music all about improvisation, its expressive qualities predicated on the contingency involved in performance.
www.sun.rhbnc.ac.uk /Music/Archive/Disserts/elsdon.html   (309 words)

However good or bad an improviser is, their contribution comes not so much from being in control of their instrument, as from their determination to make, with maximum precision, the sound that the music requires at any one time, and the more skilled they are, the more precise that contribution will be.
Free improvisation, especially with mixed ability groups, poses a problem for assessment, since it is virtually impossible to establish criteria for performances.
Free collective improvisation at Thames Valley University has attracted the rebellious (typically anarchists of one sort or the other) and the religious, because both understood the course as an extraordinary alternative to the rest of their studies, since it promised a unique forum for interpersonal confrontation and ethical debate.
hjem.get2net.dk /intuitive/fci.htm   (4549 words)

 Free Jazz and Free Improvisation — www.greenwood.com
The main virtue of this encyclopedia is that it gathers nearly the entire free jazz family under one massive umbrella, and I know that I'll be consulting it on a regular basis.
Jenkins firmly demonstrates the continuing influence of free jazz on contemporary music, and his guide is highly recommended for any collection supporting music research or jazz aficionados.
Description: The free jazz revolution that began in the mid-1950s represented an artistic and sociopolitical response to the economic, racial, and musical climate of jazz and the nation.
www.greenwood.com /books/BookDetail.asp?sku=GR9881   (557 words)

 Marc Sabatella's Jazz Improvisation Primer: Free Improvisation
The free players' idea of collective improvisation is much less structured than the dixieland players', and the results are more cacophonous.
When playing free music in a solo setting, you have complete freedom to change the directions of the music at any time, and are accountable only to yourself.
The challenge of the communication and the excitement of the free exchange of ideas are things that some listeners are unable to appreciate.
www.outsideshore.com /primer/primer/ms-primer-5-6.html   (606 words)

Interestingly, while many musicians are involved with both "Free Jazz" and "Free Improvisation" there is little conceptual connection between these two genres, as many of the most influential practitioners of Free Jazz like Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor deal almost entirely with compositions (which of course allow for a lot of improvisation within pre-defined structures).
A: Free Improvisation began establishing itself as an independent musical style in the late 1960s, primarily due to the efforts of a number of pioneering English and European avant-garde jazz musicians.
Free Improvisers take the most basic elements of music and sound as their starting point, and build up their music from there.
www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu /staff/martinelli/FreeImprov.htm   (1887 words)

 Free Jazz And Free Improvisation : Features : One Final Note
Cognizant of Free Music’s universality, he also has a good percentage of entries on non-American performers—European and Japanese in the main—as well as separate slots for important nightclubs and record labels.
That said, Free Jazz and Free Improvisation also encompasses several egregious flaws that compromise the volumes’ status as a reference source.
Despite Jenkins’ hard work, it appears that Free Jazz and Free Improvisation is still only another small step on the road to completeness for individuals and institutions that seek a permanent collection of facts about these genres.
www.onefinalnote.com /features/2005/encyclopedia   (1276 words)

 Jazz Guitar Improvisation in ONE Lesson
The chordal style described is free improvisation in nature, like many instrumental breaks in modern jazz or in free form acoustic jazz.
For those who have no improvisation or jamming experience of any kind or who may be intimidated by a lack of knowledge of what constitutes improvisation.
Also, those with some knowledge and experience with chordal improvisation in the jazz vein may find the system structure to be of interest.
www.jazzmaster.com   (1033 words)

 Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia
Free improvisation may represent only a minute fraction of music sales, to the extent jazz has much of a market share in the first place.
The mainstream press might relegate free improvisation to its back pages, but the genre certainly has its share of supporters, who more than make up for their minority status by virtue of raw enthusiasm.
The first essay attempts (successfully) to clarify what defines jazz, free jazz, and free improvisation, providing some relatively direct discussion about the nature of free music, though it's inevitably impossible to classify any of this stuff in unambiguous terms.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=17438   (625 words)

 Free Play: Improvisation in Life & Art
It is of utmost importance that you 'Be Yourself.' The meeting starts immediately and your clothes are in the laundry and you have no time to wash up or shave.
Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers.
The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions.
www.freeplay.com /Main/fpbook.htm   (512 words)

 Ornette Coleman : Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation) - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
As jazz's first extended, continuous free improvisation LP, Free Jazz practically defies superlatives in its historical importance.
Ornette Coleman's music had already been tagged "free," but this album took the term to a whole new level.
That means there are still elements of convention and melody in the individual voices, which makes Free Jazz far more accessible than the efforts that followed once more of the jazz world caught up.
artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,67349,00.html?src=search   (414 words)

I also made an extensive review of the literature on improvisation throughout the history of western music, and in some traditional non- western practices, to gain a better understanding of the many diverse forms and styles of improvisation, and a historical perspective about what I, and others, are doing.
Not a moment goes by in so-called "free" improvisation that the performer is not articulating the outcome of multiple influential forces.
Space Plates are extremely resonant instruments for two reasons: the plate is allowed to vibrate freely because of the elasticity of the balloon membranes, and the rods provide sympathetic resonance.
www.mcs.csuhayward.edu /~tebo/history/Improv/TomNunn/Nunn-rtc.html   (1944 words)

 Music of India --Part Five
Even though the improvisation is free, the performer is still bound by all the strict rules that govern the Raga.
Jod is also free improvisation but with the added element of rhythm.
Jhala is the culmination of the improvisation with an attendant increase in speed and rise in intensity of emotion.
trumpet.sdsu.edu /M345/Music_of_India5.html   (1183 words)

 JAZCLASS - Jazz Improvisation Lesson : Improvising using chord tones by Michael Furstner
When the improvised melody is not related to another song it is called free improvisation.
In an improvisation of mainly quavers and semiquavers, low activity can be represented by a few crotchets.
While struggling with what to play and how to play it, the beginning improviser is prone to lose track of the beats and where he is in the song.
www.jazclass.aust.com /im1.htm#04   (1761 words)

 Amazon.com: Free Play: Books: Stephen Nachmanovitch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
When we think improvisation, we tend to think first of improvised music or theater or dance; but beyond their own delights, such art forms are doors into an experience that constitutes the whole of everyday life.
Reading Free Play is a journey; and as such, it is not an easy one.
Although Nachmanovitch is a musician, he beautifully expands the idea of Improvisation to include any medium through which we express ourselves, and live.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0874776317?v=glance   (1923 words)

 Middle East Open Encyclopedia: Free improvisation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is an extract from The Middle East Open Encyclopedia, made possible through the Wikimedia Foundation.
In addition, this article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, which means that you may copy and modify it as long as the entire work, including your additions, remains under this license.
Iraq Museum International always displays the most recent published revision of the source article, Free improvisation; all previous versions may be viewed here.
www.baghdadmuseum.org /ref/index.php?title=Free_improvisation   (788 words)

 Homespun Tapes - A Pianist's Guide to Free Improvisation
There’s plenty of material here for experienced improvisers to study as well, as Marilyn, an important exponent of the Free Jazz movement, gives you the tools to develop themes and unlock your own ideas.
She teaches several tunes by talented friends and colleagues, exploring ways that you can move beyond the melodies and into the world of free improvisation.
Whether you are new to this technique or an accomplished improviser, this lesson will bring new joys to your piano playing and help you unlock the secrets of creating free music on the piano.
www.homespuntapes.com /prodpg/prodpg.asp?prodID=795   (388 words)

 Cecil Taylor Panel Discussion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This was a very free improvisation, I think, in which someone started out with an idea, someone else followed in with it, and whether you think of it as successful or not, that’s not really important.
It simply means that these people who choose to improvise utilize certain physical things in their characteristics and and transpose them to the instruments and, after a certain amount of years, these things take shape in a formÂ…Like the Charlie Parker expression.
I believe a truly improvised thing is a truly intuitive thing — a thing of the moment and undoubtedly conditioned by, you know, what you were saying before about your whole background.
www.the-spa.com /mw   (4873 words)

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