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    Performer using various methods of noise making and trombonery; jazz/improvised musics...
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  1. Like Darcy James Argue, the Opening of Kenny Wheeler's Music For Large and Small Ensembles had a profound and long-lasting impact on my writing and general musical appreciation. His last points resonate as something I think we're all striving to learn and understand in writing music. Digging into Kenny Wheeler's music is a great way to start: how to take stuff that is complex and make it sound simple how to take stuff that is methodically constructed and make it sound organic how to take stuff that is conventionally “wrong” and make it sound uncomplicatedly beautiful [READ] Introduction to a Particular Song (by Darcy James Argue) https://ethaniverson.com/guest-posts/introduction-to-a-particular-song-by-darcy-james-argue/ Read this, you'll be all the wiser for doing so.
  2. Ode to Something

    Someone's been listening to Heavy Weather.
  3. The Blues Scale is Wrong! (maybe)

    I don't doubt that the theoretical ideas are interesting, it's just that this type of "high-theory" isn't my bag. I didn't mean to sound negative - what you're demonstrating is neat :P It's also something that top-level players kindof do automatically. A great big band lead trumpet will ride a little sharp on some notes to make it a little brighter and shine through. And sure, the blues scale feels better when you bend some notes one way or another - perhaps due to the physics of what you're exploring. In practice though, I doubt trying to define and use these concepts in any meaningful way will be easy ;)
  4. The Blues Scale is Wrong! (maybe)

    *shrug* To-may-to, to-mah-to. Also, if you're worrying about playing jazz with a proper quarter-comma meantone tuning system, then you're doing it wrong. Plus, I play trombone...so, I pretty much ONLY play in quarter-tones and out-of-meantone-tuning anyways! ;)
  5. What will bowing the bell of a trumpet do?

    It'll resonate and ring, like bowing the bars of a vibraphone; with a very clear and defined pitch (whatever pitch you get when you flick it with a fingernail). Trombone bells will work too, as I expect any brass bell will do.
  6. Jazz Experiment #1

    ...oh dear.
  7. Rythm in Composition

    Look at brass/string quintets, piano-less trios and small ensembles... observe what the bottom part is doing. Since holding on a single note has two boringness factors, you'll want to seek out examples rhythmic and melodic motion on the bottom.
  8. Yes, obviously, the stuff you say is well and good. You're just WAY overthinking the point I'm trying to make... and none of it really has anything to do with addressing my initial comment that "the genre / style you're exploring has nothing to do with it being contemporary or not". That's fine. But acknowledging progression in music has literally nothing to do with a work or performance being "contemporary".
  9. Exactly. The genre / style you're exploring has nothing to do with it being contemporary or not ... ;)
  10. I know that.... I'm just pointing out that "contemporary" music has nothing to do with style or form or genre. Yes, to study 20th-Century Classical music, you would need to dig heavily into post-war innovators and explore music and texts from the 50s, 60s etc. Just don't call it "contemporary" Semantics, I know - so I'm going to drop it for now ;)
  11. This isn't really my arena so I have no recommendations. ... it's just funny to me that >30-year-old texts are ideal for studying "contemporary" music ... Why not look towards actual contemporary music...like, from this decade?
  12. Just to be "that guy" ... are books from the '20s, '30s, '60s actually useful for learning about "contemporary" music? In the recommendations above, not one of them was less than 30 years old!
  13. The Jazz Hole

    Alright, not into standards .... that's cool. How about some KENNY? PART II has some stunning early Azimith stuff with Norma Winstone and John Taylor: