Recently I’ve been experimenting with improvising on a sequence of numbers, usually dates. For example if the date is 12-31-2014, I’ll translate the numbers into scale degrees and a 0 just means hang on to the last number a bit longer. The sequence usually makes a melodic motive that could be used in various ways – as part of a melody, an ostinato, a bass line – or any combination thereof. It’s a fun way to experiment with melodic and harmonic ideas and improvisational techniques. I also used the idea as a reward level for my crowdfunding campaign and just created a piece based on one of the supporter’s birth date. Here are some examples:
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