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dave stafford - theme for an imaginary drama - part III - live (HD)

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Published on Apr 6, 2017

the third, and final, in this series of three ambient piano improvisations, I found myself creating a new piece of music over the course of this recording session, and in the end, I made nine takes of the track as it slowly grew from idea, to something approaching a "composed improv" - if such a thing can even be. this is the track as it was at take 9 - the final performance of the piece from the very last moments of the session.

Take 9 felt like a victory to me; I started out by saying "well, since take 8 went well, I will just do one more, number 9" because of the chance I would get something equally as good, or even better. I am very glad I did, as much as I love take 8, I am very glad that I decided to go on and do "just one more" - because this one has some spectacular musical moments in it.

This particular take has what may be, the most interesting "ending" of the series - the end of this piece, has nominally been a very, very quietly played, melody in G major. this time, I play that same melody, but then, at the final end, I lay down the A minor chord with the dominant note A on top, very quietly, OVER the sustaining G chord and melody - so you get two different endings, played over the top of each other. not planned, totally improvised - so, a super special ending on this version. I really love the sound of those two chords, both played into a full sustain pedal - very ambient, and a nice combination of major and minor (which normally don't sit well together, or simultaneously) but in this case - it works beautifully.

At this point, it's feeling much more like a song, than an improv - yet, it's still wholly improvised - it just happens to share the same musical DNA as the previous 7 takes - but what it ALSO has, is my experience of those previous takes, and everything I had learned to do, and, not to do. so, if it's a good session like this one, the track in question just gets better and better as the takes increase in count.

what I've done with this series, is that I have selected the three improvs that I think best represent this musical idea, and I have uploaded videos for each of the three parts in sequence now. those happened to be, on the day - take four, take eight, and take nine of nine total. take nine, this take, is equal at least and possibly, superior to take 8 - although I personally favour take 8 slightly - I like them both, and I really don't feel in a position to pick one clear winner - in fact, all 9 takes have something to be said for them. I think that take 9 might be the most complex arrangement, but take 8 is a slightly more solid arrangement and performance. they both have a lot of good about them, as well as, those tiny imperfections that remind us that these are totally live performances.

so, take nine, the final representation of this piece, is our last post in this series - but stay tuned for more "dream piano" or other piano performances - or acoustic guitar - or other non-standard performances - and hopefully, they will come around more often than every two years !




"theme for an imaginary drama - part III" was recorded live to digital on March 29, 2017 using an IPhone6Plus for video and my usual recording rig (SONAR) for audio. this is the third time I've shot video with the iPhone, and I could not resist the chance to use the "fish eye" lens for this series of videos.




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