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Playing Inside

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Playing inside’ is the antonym of the jazz term ‘playing outside.’ The terminology emerged during the development of free jazz in the 1960s, and a player who ‘plays inside’ is one who remains within the harmonic, metrical and scalar...

Vamping

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Vamping’ was the term used in early jazz to describe an improvised ‘oom-pah’ ragtime or stride piano accompaniment, played with two hands: the left took the pedal notes on beats 1 and 3 of a measure, and the right played chords on beats 2...

How I came to play this music

The Practice of Musical Improvisation : Dialogues with Contemporary Musical Improvisers

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...I needed to make this music. There was no question about it. I already had the beginnings of noise-like impulses before: put the electric bass on the floor, hit it and all that – but always with a strong sense of guilt! I went to listen...

Solo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...A solo (Italian solo, meaning ‘alone’) is a piece or performance, or part of a piece or performance, for a single voice or instrument; while a soloist may perform completely alone, the term ‘solo’ is also used when he/she is accompanied –...

Non-idiomatic improvisation, experimental music, genre labels

The Practice of Musical Improvisation : Dialogues with Contemporary Musical Improvisers

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...I don’t believe at all that we play non-idiomatic music. Our music is improvised in the sense that the layout of events, the temporal organization, the form, the structure, is not defined. We’re trying to figure out what it might look like,...

How I listen to music, the music I listen to, some hidden gardens

The Practice of Musical Improvisation : Dialogues with Contemporary Musical Improvisers

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...As a listener, I don’t really have any expectations, defined stuff that I like, that I don’t like, that I want to hear, that I don’t want to hear. I think I like to let myself be surprised. So I listen in a fairly new and naive way...

Improvisation

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Improvisation,’ from Latin improvisus (meaning ‘unforeseen’), is a term used to describe the simultaneous composition and performance of music. As its derivation indicates, the term has often had connotations of spontaneous...

Jamming

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Jamming’ is the term used to describe informal collective improvisation, often in a competitive situation (known as a ‘jam session’); it has its origins in jazz, although it is now widely used in most areas of popular music. The term (like...

Quotation

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...In the context of music, ‘quotation’ denotes a short passage or tune taken from one piece of music to another. In popular music, quotation usually functions as an act of humor, parody or homage. The practise is widespread among jazz...

The mental state during an improvisation

The Practice of Musical Improvisation : Dialogues with Contemporary Musical Improvisers

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...I don’t think things through at all while I’m playing. Somehow, I sort of short-circuit. If I do any reflecting, it happens beforehand, or afterwards, but not during. Sometimes, while I’m producing a sound, I hear another sound produced...