Category: improvisation

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Piano as communication device

Improvisation exercise:

Using two pianos – or any non verbal device – communicate simple messages. For example, convey an emotion, a shape, a need, a state of mind, a story. Like charades, but not focused on words, objects or things.


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Bohlen-Pierce scale

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Computer Music 2011

By Brad Garton and Bryan Jacobs at Columbia University

Software examples:


playing piano without sound

An improvisation exercise: Easiest with keyboard Midi controllers. Two or more people play keyboards together, but with no sound output. The Midi is recorded for playback. Keep practicing until it sounds good.

You could also do this with acoustic instruments, or an entire band, if you had really good hearing protection to block the sounds for the players but not the recorder.

Variation: Using closed cell headphones, all the musicians would be hearing the same soundtrack, for example, “Free Bird”, but unable to hear the instrument they are playing