My name is Chris Caryl Welch. I am a self taught pianist whose play-by-ear approach has brought me here to KickStarter because there is no market for it. No demand to speak of whatsoever. I began playing piano in 2001 while my son was preparing to enter this world. I don't know if this is a coincidence or not, but powerful forces were at work and life was hanging in the balance. I have no prior musical training or experience, save poor attempts at teaching myself the guitar and a small clay flute that had kindly been purchased for me at a Renaissance Fair in my youth.
My goal is to have "mastered" a self-stylized approach at playing improvisational piano by age 35. I turned 30 in July. A psychic implied that maybe something like this was possible, and I'm going assume that this is a sure thing, even though she never explicitly implied my interpretation is what she meant. Maybe I'm just reading into it. That's how psychics operate though.
I hope to record novel piano renderings drawn from internalized musical styles including classical, jazz, folk, trance, etc. ... adding to body of work that documents this effort over my lifetime. The idea is I don't want to ever play the same thing twice.
The project I hope to "kick start" is to record a second album as well as to secure the means to make a third, fourth, and so on. The playing approach I take fits into the music genre of Free Improvisation.
Here is a link to my first album. It was my experimental first attempt at this approach.
Money for this project will go towards a long term recording setup that I have already begun investing in. A concert grand piano, acoustical treatment, recording equipment, printing CD's/Vinyl, all add up to a significant amount. I'm hoping for some support to help me get going and create what I hope to be the first album of a series of legendary home recordings ... the kind that become historically important after I'm dead.
I am asking for $3000 to get me well on my way to repair the piano and get acoustical treatment, as well as to enlist friends who already have recording equipment to help me make my second album. Eventually, I will need to spend another $4-8K on recording equipment so I can truly and forever capture my playing at any moment I'm inspired to play well, which is hit or miss.
IF THE MONEY GOAL IS NOT MET, I DON'T GET ANY FUNDING. IF THE MONEY GOAL IS EXCEEDED, I CAN SPEED UP THIS PROCESS!!!
I wish to record and capture moments of "stream of consciousness" improvisation, and create novel examples of subliminal self-organization in music that might point to a unifying force that connects the musician's soul to the pulse of the universe itself. A nominal task. Concurrently evoking awareness of a kind of personified effort of the universe to not only self-organize, but become self-aware through the eyes, ears, and antennae of its lifeforms as well. I think it is commonly agreed that somehow music has a hand in shedding light upon this relationship. Also, camouflage colored animals and plant shaped bugs.
On a personal note, I like to think of this approach at music like writing an existential diary. It is like communicating the want to communicate, without words. I hope I can create music that can speak to another person and share an underlying awareness of this sort of "springing forth," not just by the execution of my playing, but also by example of the overarching effort to see this come to pass. Through "real-time" trial and error and the observable strides to become truer and better.
Chaos Theory is a field of study in applied mathematics with applications in several disciplines including biology, economics, philosophy, physics, meteorology, etc.. This list is growing, and one can imagine it having applications in the study of music (musical acoustics, psychoacoustics, music cognition, sociomusicology, and ethnomusicology).
Chaos Theory can be conceived of as a practice of finding higher orders of ‘self-organization’ in the natural world, often borrowing from multiple disciplines and linking disparate networks of information together. It finds relative patterns in dynamical systems that traditionally have been considered chaotic. In such systems, through innovative observation, larger patterns of order can be observed to emerge around what chaos theorists term “attractors."
It can be argued that music exhibits a sort of unifying integrity in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And I believe that "attractors" in music manifest in places where these commonalities converge (i.e. musical theory based upon harmonic acoustics and musical convention influenced by listener appreciation).
EXAMPLES (Piano Improvisations):
At home (older):
At home (newer):
First show @ Lost Leaf in Phoenix, AZ:
CD Release Show @ My Florist Cafe in Phoenix, AZ:
- (37 days)