Teaching Telescopy ◬ Points of Entry
Improvisation is the means by which we explore and experiment with the full range of our expressive influences and perception. Seeking freedom and contribution, there is an aim to reveal something new and unexpected—a different take on inventive reality, connection, and intention.
Practice is a life of research where we continually rediscover ourselves as improvisers, as experiencers. Anything can become music, and we are free to source whatever it is that speaks to us. Improviser = Composer = Improviser = Composer... We are each a "world record," a unique language, piercing through history with our hearts and energy. We do what we love, called to evolve and connect upon this great opportunity of communicative existence, spurring each other on.
The following are short summaries of various entry points I target in my teaching. As we will discuss, reflect and explore such, the main objective is to discover where the inspiration naturally gravitates and how it advances the instrumental and artistic expression and visions. What are you encountering today that awakens you, changes you? How is this evolving your language?
We are what we eat; we are what we listen to.
◽Tools for the practitioner. Recording, experimentation, documentation, equipment.
◽Intention and energy. Daily ritual. Practice trajectory.
◽Practice and projective space. Taking it OUTDOORS. Finding your spot. Earth studio.
◽Strengthening and physical introspection. Athletics, methods, practices, meditations, resources, influences.
◽Expansion of breath. Practices, relationships, and influences.
◽Reflections and activations on technique, warmup, and its meanings. How, what, and why.
◽Feeding the body new musical movement. Physical material, digestion, and vehicles of action. Supplying new self-physiology, rehearsal, and orchestration.
◽Questions of "style". Habits, awareness, language, cultures, roots, relationships, implications.
◽Investigations of melodic meaning. Roots and relationships, sources, examples, feelings, questions.
◽Questions of "stylelessness". Simplification, associations, affiliations, space, nature. What, how, and why.
◽Questions, reasons and musical revelations on space, silence, pacing, and flow.
◽Changes of instrumental tuning, and holding. Technical deconstruction and instrumental disassemblage. Relocations of motion and movement material.
◽The importance of multi-instrumental experimentation. Osmosis, influence, and exploration. Examples, strategies, practices.
◽Explorations of world music. Regions, reasons, geography, recordings, sources, archives.
◽Explorations of nature sound and field recordings. Sources, geography, archives, musical implications, compositional perspectives, experimentation.
◽Explorations of classical & contemporary music. Composers, performers, recordings, histories, footage, resources.
◽Expanding further notions of abstraction in music and art. Texture, space, and time. Reasons, implications, sources, practices, histories.
◽Searching for "secret" or "hidden" music from both musical and non-musical sources. Practicing hearing music in everything. How. Examples. Experiments.
◽Audio-visual perception stretching. Experiments, insights, discoveries, methods, tools.
◽Considering new "translations"/assimilation. What can become. Music, or sound.
◽Reflections and immersions on art and artists. Books, resources.
◽Wisdom and wavelengths of the ancients on meditation and consciousness. Source readings.