This time, there really wasn’t any kind of master plan except play the piano and stay intensely focused. I didn’t even plan to do one long take but about 15 minutes into it I realized I had a lot of ideas yet to go! Because of work and other stuff, I haven’t had a chance to play much the past 2 weeks and I guess I just had to let it out. LOL.
I thought this photo that I took on Delmar with layers of reflections in the window was a reasonable representation of what I was trying to do with this album. I’m still exploring the localized structure of repeating patterns that get varied on repetition. They are not exact repeats, like a loop, but the gesture repeats and extends and transforms. This time, something like a principal theme emerged and it kept coming back as a unifying element like a sonata-rondo form, maybe extended with a long coda, perhaps.
This was recorded on January 28, 2017 at home with a CAD M179 microphone and one channel of a Black Lion Auteur microphone preamp that needs repair. It’s heading up to Chicago on Monday and hopefully when it returns it will have two functioning channels and less noise. It’s not their fault, I bought it used, well used apparently.