Friday, April 27, 2012

Acoustic Guitar Renaissance, Color Blue, Repetitive Minimalism

Greetings.  I have not posted to this blog in a while largely as I have established another, actually a couple of blogs for my activities on Wordpress but still have kept this one as an archive.  It occured to me this AM that I should have some kind of directive for any who follow or happen on to this blog.  You can access my activities which include music and mobile app development at the following:

Jim Goodin, Acoustic Guitar Renaissance, Color Blue, Repetitive Minimalism

Two performances in May...

May 14th, 9pm, Goodbye Blue Monday Brooklyn/Bushwick, free

May 27th, 6pm, COMA series at ABC NoRio Lower East Side, NYC

You can occasionally catch me on weekends at Park Slope area subway stops as well.

I recently released a new digital distribution and solo CD, Jim Goodin - Burst From the Sky Take Flight

Wood and Wire Ware, mobile app development and publisher of Tips Across the Waters

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This blog will remain alive and I'll occasionally update.  Thanks for visiting/following.


Monday, March 19, 2012

The music of Jim Goodin

For updates on Jim Goodin, his music projects and his label please visit Wood and Wire Music.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

LIVE today @3pm EST, video webcast on ImprovFriday

ImprovFriday members' Jeff Duke (USA), Peter Thörn (Sweden), Jim Goodin (USA), David Perreko (Canary Is) and Gaeteano Fontanazza (Italy) will gather together for a 1-hour live performance at today (July 4th) at 3pm EST(12pm PST/8pm UK/9PM western Euro). Please join us.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Benefit CD - From Brooklyn To Glindran

Wood and Wire Music is pleased to announce the release of a very special CD that the proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International in their research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. The recording titled From Brooklyn To Glindran is the duo work of Jim Goodin (USA) and Peter Thörn (Sweden). The World experimental music was spontaneously created by the two musicians who have never met in person but connected electronically through a common interest in fretless guitar. They began working together through the real-time audio streaming software NinJam which allowed them to collaborate live from their locales 4,000 miles apart. The ten improvisational tracks with influences from World Acoustic, Free Jazz and Indian Raga grew out those online sessions a few emailed file exchanges.

The interest in supporting the work of JDRF comes from both musicians personal involvement with type 1 diabetes. Thörn is afflicted as is Goodin’s daughter Callie. The official digital distribution release which preceded the CD was on April 6th, 2010, marking the anniversary of Goodin’s daughter’s diagnosis.

To purchase From Brooklyn To Glindran as either digital download (MP3 or other audio formats) or CD, visit

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ImprovFriday - Threadin' the Needle, June 10-12, 2010

Another great weekend of creative work on the ImprovFriday thread this past recent weekend. Several new folks joining and some stepping out of their traditional way of working, using different instruments and techniques.

it was a huge 'turnout', mini reviews and links to check out follow.

Alexandra Marculewicz AdsheadCreepingAlexandra welcome to IF! Cool spontaneous 'Jon Hendriks' come Laura Anderson kind of vocal piece, reminds me too of Bay area Amy X Neuberg
Bruno DuplantWild GarlicAnother newcomer joined this past weekend, welcome Bruno! Splendid solo acoustic bass piece, traditional feel lotta bounce (later in thread I do live mash to this)
Bruno DuplantWhales & BirdsThis was amazing! Lycrical digeredoo like sounds, almost human.
Kate Shakespeare and Peter ThörnMoon SongAnd yet another newcomer, this one in the family of IF'er Peter Thörn who recruited his wife Kate to join us. Doing a mix of spiritual playful voice, both Kate and Peter and plucked instrument.
Kate Shakespeare and Peter ThörnTender is the LoveageMore density this time in the voices joined by sax and percussion sounds, more like living room session.
Adam Kondorand God SaysAdam immortalized me this week after catching a few moments of my live oud mini-set last Sunday morning. Nicely metallically manipulated here. Thx Adam.
Paul HertzCome Again?Long lost son of the last few weeks Paul Hertz rejoins us to bring his 'Sunday Go to Meeting' pipe sounds or better put 'Phantom of the Opera' pipe sounds back to IF. We are blessed Paul.
Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead, Ken Palmer, Bruce HamiltonCreeping EastAlexandra in collective now with other IF'er's in a more tribal rendering...
Paul BaileyMusic for Controllers IIPaul Bailey also been gone a few weeks returns with 'Music for Controllers II' following his earlier improv piece 'Music for Controllers'. Very Eno influence here as well as subtle Gary Neuman street beat to me.
Benjamin SmithBen Improv June 4 2010This has a piece of Ben's that's been posted previously I think but still quite wonderful, love the voice patch which sounds muted steel drums and thumb piano sound.
Benjamin SmithBen Improv June 7 2010Acoustic now, spacial spar slightly erratic slightly Monkesque stylings but always Ben.
Benjamin SmithBen Improv June 9 2010Acoustic continues, more dark, more reflective, more lower colour..
Glenn WeyantSTE-001It continues to be return time at IF which is nice. Glenn I don't think has contributed in recent weekends and he has joined this weekend producing his range of experimental strings. This one lots of low end dense cello(?) drones and an exploring violin on top.
J.C. Combs, Thomas Bjørnseth & Jérôme PoirierWill It Rain During the Fireworks ?Twin piano's sounding somewhat prepared or plucked and viola/cello weaving throughout this mash.
Bruno Duplant & Jim GoodinWild Garlic IINot to review my own here but this is a piece of Bruno's that I was intrigued by, lined up in Audacity and 'live mashed' to on the oud. Good low end bouncy tones from Bruno.
Shane W. CadmanPiece061110Shane continues to bring in surprise elements last two threads. Last time acoustic guitar and this time acoustic piano which we've had several on the 88's this time around. Lovely textures throughout this piece ring Shane's combination of darkness and beauty.
Jim Goodin & Gérald DeGrootePassion Is To DenyAgain not to review my own but Gerald added some excellent fretless bass to this ambient improv I did. Lyric content to this piece was paraphrased from the book 'Conversations with God' by Neale D Walsch. Gerald thanks for your musical inventiviness here
Steve Layton with Paul HertzInventio Canzicrans featuring Paul HertzWith Paul Hertz wonderful organ return to this thread Steve added his complementary inventiveness Paul's cavernous weavings. Thinking the Mysterious Baracades piece here.
Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead/Lee NoyesCreeping RushesIF newcomer vocalist improviser Alexandra is joined by the master of 'space' and 'found' sounds.
Benjamin Smith/Lee Noyes12 June 2010Space between the notes and randomness intertwine like Pollock!
Lee NoyesLine Input Electronics - 12 VI 10Very cool, oscillations and frequency manipulations, like balloons leaking air at times and digital glitching, a canvas of pulse!
Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead & Gerald DeGrooteCreeping and MoreAnother improvisation response to Alexandra's vocal muse, this time by fretless bassist Gerald DeGroote weaving 'Jaco' like tones throughout.
James RossDead BirdsCircling vultures and wastelands, James paints a tonal scape with spare linear and knarly tones.
Steve MoshierJailhouse RockElvis in a Bill frisell suit. Love this.
Steve MoshierAbandoned ShipBermuda Triangle, Sargasso Sea all in
one here.
Jeff FairbanksBaldy's CrumbsGreat deal of playfulness yet depth in Jeff's orchestrations.
Joseph Benzola and Benjamin SmithAll This and MoreMashing of two introspective masters...
Norbert OldaniTiger tiger Burning Bright in the Forest at NightLovely requim open seguing to ice
crystals in a playful Pooh way.
Norbert OldaniElectronic Keyboard ImprovisationsClusters that ring modern and tradition.
Bruce HamiltonPerpetuoPensive, hammered dulcimer like.
Bruce HamiltonIssuesPlucked strings and 'noize'.
Bruce HamiltonWhatReflective and Evanish.
Bruce HamiltonThisCutting through.
Bruce HamiltonExciter (feat. Thomas Bjørnseth, Steve Layton, Jeff Duke & Pseudo)Pristine sounding piano over UsIt's 'space' density.

Bruce HamiltonCircle Forward (feat. Steve Layton, Paul Muller, Roger Sundström)Paul's 'reichish' driving piano layered with film score textures of Steve and Roger.

Ken PalmerFacing EastReally nice orchestaration sugar plum fairy images.
Thomas BjørnsethIF June 11 2010Machine gun like piano lines with sections of dense chordal color.
Joseph BenzolaPiano ImprovNice surprise from Joseph, stepping down from his drummers chair and sharing his reflective inspired piano passion.
Steve LaytonKosmomikros 1Bartok like piano influence here, detailed, delicate, technical.
Steve LaytonKosmomikros 2Continuing ...
Steve LaytonPastpresenfuture (feat. Roger Sundström, Jérôme Poirier, JC Combs, Steve Moshier)Manic but great mash here between Jerome's playful cabaret style vocal, JC's atmospheric and Steve and Roger 'watching the dark'.
Steve LaytonThe Dark Park by Moonlight (feat. Steve Layton, Glenn Weyant, Roger Sundström, James Ross, Peter Thörn, Kate Shakespeare)Spooky and dense, Glenn's violin cuts through neat and really neat harmonic change when Kate's voice arrives.
Steve LaytonFurther Journey (feat. Benjamin Smith, Shane Cadman, Jeff Duke, Gaetano Fontanazza, Roger Sundström)Indeed...
Steve LaytonWatching the Other ShoreAlways being the giving spirit around IF, good to hear you 'alone' Steve. A nice look from the other shore.
Steve LaytonThe Fool on the Hill (feat. Jim Goodin, Jérôme Poirier, Roger Sundström, Steve Moshier, Bruce Hamilton)Paradoxical journey from the opening voice street beat antics overlaying my single note lines to the contrast changes as Roger, Steve and Bruce drums and synth patches enter.
Steve LaytonVine and Leaf (feat. Paul Bailey, Glenn Weyant, Steve Layton, Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead, Norbert Oldani)Tubular like going through a tunnel late a night in a car, Alexandra's voice enters perhaps on the radio...
Steve LaytonPiano Cabal (feat. Bruce Hamilton, Roger Sundström, Steve Layton, Shane Cadman, Benjamin Smith, Paul Muller, Thomas Bjørnseth, Norbert Oldani)Walking through the halls of Steinway after midnight.
Steve LaytonMotet (feat. Bruno Duplant, Kate Shakespeare, Peter Thörn, Jim Goodin, Alex Marculewicz Adshead, Jérôme Poirier)The web says madrigal with 4 voices which speaks true here, neat harmonic interplay with Bruno's definitive bass locking in and Kate's closing voice.
Steve LaytonRemembering Memory (feat. J.C. Combs x2, Lee Noyes)Jungle at night as the
critters are going to sleep, a voice on a passing riverboat as a train passes (don't wake the critters yikes!)
UsIt (Gaetano Fontanzza and Jeff Duke)Ambient AndroidCommunication, space, radio telescope dialog, is there life... these are the voyages of the starship Enterprise...
UsIt (Gaetano Fontanzza and Jeff Duke)BullseyeggJust hanging, like the stars, like mobiles in a museum late at night before the paintings come alive. Good work you too. A band is forming.
Paul MullerIF061110My favorite Paul Muller place Steve Reich all the way.
Jérôme PoirierPlace CarréeDifferent trip for Jerome, like he got near Jukka last time (grins). Cool as the voices enter...
Jérôme PoirierThursday at NoonPlayful jon hendricks like, great counterplay in the guitar Jérôme.
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmEroc DrummingClearly 'outside' himself this week, finding his
way with new textures, totally 'free' on this one.
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmEroc Drumming 2Voice like sounds emerging, hearing Lee Noyes influence
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmMusic Box in JuniSpareness and space plucked music box(?).
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmKey the SawLovely decay in the saw and it's bending tones. For some reason I'm thinking it would be neat to see this piece somehow scored out as notation and performed by the 'serious' music crowd...
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmCreeping Free Jazz (feat. Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead, Steve Layton, Paul Bailey, Kate Shakespeare and Peter Thörn)Love the layering and the Jurasic Park sounds with alexandra's vx emerging.
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmQx33N (feat. Lee Noyes, J.C. Combs, Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead)Wow!
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmWhales, Birds and Water (feat. Bruno DuPlant)Great cerebral mash btwn newcomer Duplant on acoustic bass and Roger's efx.
J.C. CombsEulogy for a CrowSomberness and killer editing.
J.C. CombsMelankolyFloating freeform ambiance spinet.
J.C. CombsTrip to Edmonds BeachWonderfully recorded environmental and creative editing, great trains.
Peter ThörnDead Birds, a spontaneous response (feat. James Ross)Great weave between James raw linear lines and Pete's wailin' sax.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

ImprovFriday - Threadin' the Needle

Every Thursday afternoon a splendid spontaneous gathering begins at the experimental improvisational Internet site and web community known as ImprovFriday. Started by musician/sound artist J.C. Combs, the site on the Ning network has steadily attracted musicians worldwide interested in pushing the edge of aural creativity.

The weekend 'thread' as it's known launches officially at 4pm PST with an open call for it's community of 150+ members to post newly created music either complete or not on the Thursday thru Saturday 10pm PST forum, the foundation of the 'thread'.

Each participant is free to download any of the posted pieces and 'mash-up' with their own ideas, reposting to expand on the original idea or more probably take it entirely somewhere new.

I'm been participating in ImprovFriday for the last 3 months and have found it amazingly fresh, inspiring and a constant sense of both honor and encouragement from each fellow artist.

In addition to the musical dialog, thread participants post their reactions, thoughts and feelings throughout the open weekend call. ImprovFriday member Paul Muller and host of the monthly ImprovFriday Radio series, often posts brief review comments to as many pieces as possible which are sometimes pushing 50 pieces of amazing original music each weekend. I too have tried to post my thoughts to all participating artists as much as possible as for it's a way of 'giving back' when I can.

In an effort to give visibility to our wonderful gathering located at, I've jotted down the following responses which are just momentary reactions on listening to each piece from the recent thread of June 3-5, 2010.

Member musicianMusical WorkMy Reaction
Jukka-Pekka KervinenYM2612 (6/4/10-#1)/ABClose to the circuits, like being inside a pinball machine.
Jukka-Pekka KervinenThe Not So Lonely Piano Player Anymore (feat. Roger "ErocNet" Sundström)Right out of R2D2!
Jukka-Pekka KervinenMD/GBA 06/05/10-#1Highly creative 'noize' with great sense of backwardness/forwardness.
Jeff FairbanksDentedTim Story like melody but still finding the 'noise'.
Joseph BenzolaPatti & Lenny Crash the Stage at the Electro Singalese Bar in the BronxGreat visionary vibe and I think I hear an udu!
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmGitimp100604Hands on strings, inside the coils.
Roger "ErocNet" SundstrômGitimp100604-2Tension on the wire, bouncing colors from above.
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmGitimp100604-3Great sense of minimalism, in instrument and feel
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmThe Lonely Piano PlayerGuests in one room, piano soul in the other, blissfully oblivion unites.
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmSlownoisen feat. Jukka-Pekka Kerviven, Bruce Hamilton & Paul MullerI think there is a sleeping polar bear rising from the mix!
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmLine Dancer feat. Steve Layton & Ken PalmerLovely color and mystery, bit of Pat Metheny at times.
Roger "ErocNet" SundströmLaw Twist feat. Jukka-Pekka Kerviven & Jim GoodinI'm proud to be part of this mash, Roger thanks (think the R man is feeling my struggles with the lawyers of late). Great noise from Jukka.
Greg HooperThat Which Hair Is Flesh To feat. Benjamin Smith, Jérôme Poirier, Peter Thörn, Norbert Oldani, Roger "ErocNet" Sundström, voice 0f Virginia BaxterAtmospheric environmental. Voice midway reminiscent of Hal in 2001 or the voice in Portal.
Steve LaytonThrumdrumLower east side from the heart of Texas!
Steve LaytonEpic feat. Peter Thörn, Norbert Oldani, Bruce Hamilton, Steve Moshier, Steve Layton, Jérôme PoirierClocks, the turning of time, voices in the halls...
Steve LaytonBedroom Windowechoes of Mark Isham.
Steve LaytonThe Ties That Break or Bind feat. Bruce Hamilton, Lee Noyes, Roger Sundström, Jim GoodinThanks for including me in this mash and bringing some balance to my angst at the time with Misters' Hamilton, Noyes & Sundström.
Steve LaytonOutward feat. Jeff Fairbanks, Jeff Duke, Gaetano Fontanazza, Shane Cadman, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen Jeff Fairbanks, Jeff Duke, Gaetano Fontanazza, Shane Cadman, Jukka-Pekka KervinenLovely mash, reflective canyons and journey's.
Steve LaytonCorroboree feat. Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Peter Thörn, Lee Noyes, Steve Layton, Roger SundströmGlitch, oscillations and pensive tones from the North.
Steve LaytonDie Wunderkammer feat. Ken Palmer, Benjamin Smith, Steve Moshier, Norbert OldaniLovely pensive tones, indeed a 'cabinet of curiosity'.
Steve LaytonManic feat. Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Lee Noyes, Roger Sundström, Jérôme Poirier, Jim GoodinFlattered to once again be in one of Mr. L's mashes and in a word as the name implies...
Norbert OldaniRhythm ImprovisationSynth patches against latin percussion, for some reason reminds me of Stan Kenton who in a sense was 'experimental' for his time.
J.C. CombsRandom Title Generatorfeat. J.C. Combs, Norbert Oldani, James Ross, Shane Cadman, Roger "ErocNet" SundströmInside a clock beginning seguing to ambient/mixed media, technique J.C. does so well.
J.C. CombsSoundreel feat. Werner Herzog, Buddy Holly, Easy Rider, Star Wars, Afrika Bambaataa, Taxi Driver, Planet of the ApesWow echoing on the mixed media, all wonderful 'Hollywood' moments brought together in reflective mix.
Paul MullerIF 6-4-10A contrast to Paul's more rhythmic recent pieces, floating angelic patches.
Paul MullerThrumdrum Plus feat. Steve LaytonPaul mashes his floating ostinato synth wash with Steve's streetesque beats proving how things grow on IF.
Peter ThörnA Close ShaveIn physical, much manipulation about the piano soundboard, in the metaphysical, spirits at the door.
Peter Thörn6 Layers in AudacityPulse, stare, across the room...
Bruce HamiltonFlissFloating, pulsing, melancholy, light.
Bruce HamiltonLooj feat. Miles Hamilton-SommerSpooky, native lands
Bruce HamiltonBasstopPensive, a story within.
Bruce HamiltonCompulsionTVesque open, could be Hill Street...
Bruce HamiltonLonely Duo feat. Roger "ErocNet" SundströmMore ghostly tones in this mash, lots of spirits in this thread.
Bruce HamiltonPaint the Sun Danger feat. Jim Goodin, Steve MoshierOnce again nice to be mashed and to be balanced with such a cool vibe from Steve.
Jim GoodinBlur Between The Lines feat. Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Peter Thörn and Bruce HamiltonNot meaning to review my own work but in this is the mash I of three others, thought it neat textures.
Ken PalmerSqall Lineknowing Ken hails from Missouri and it's tornado season in the mid-west/south I can feel the approaching winds in this piece.
Lee NoyesFilter RollsGreat oscillations and Lee's fav past time of space between the tones.
Lee NoyesPassionate, IrregularThere is indeed passion both 'for' and 'in the noise' here.
Steve MoshierTale of Two CitiesAround each corner, who goes there? 'Ghostbuster' tones here, sense of motion.
Steve MoshierHatariNeat 'street beat' to stellar melody, tip of the hat to Mancini?
Benjamin SmithBen.Improv.May.30.2010Randomness and exploring but with 'Monk like' sensibilities.
Benjamin SmithBen.Improv.Jun.4.2010
Nice patch texture muted steel drum core meets Michael Oldfield
Steve Layton & Benjamin SmithAfter HoursTouching interplay, analog to digital, digital to analog.
Shane CadmanPiece0604010Lovely acoustic work, thinking lines akin to Steve Khan.
Shane Cadmanif060410_Muller_Cadman feat. Paul MullerThinking of Shadowfax...
Usit Gaetano Fontanzza & Jeff DukeRegolithThese guys have been working together a lot through NinJam and the result is wonderfully connected muse from thousands miles away.
Jérôme PoirierPortrait : Sans Titre 52 d'Eric LepoureuxLyrical low end bowing, forceful direction surrounded by interesting percussive/plucked textures.

Visit us on ImprovFriday at each weekend to follow the newest thread and work.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Live Video Cast this Friday April 2, 7pm PST

I'll be featured live in a one hour video solo performance this Friday, April 2nd, at 7pm PST (10pm EST) on Improv Friday an experimental improvisational music community on the Ning social network. In the hour long set I'll be performing a suite of improvised music on fretless guitar, oud, violin, wood flutes, percussion and vocalise. Improv Friday is a creation of musical artist J.C. Combs who founded the constantly expanding musical community about 2 years ago. Improv Friday brings together a growing body of musicians from all over world who each week are taking part in creating a weekend long musical thread of spontaneous improvised musical works offered up by each artist who chooses to participate for the good and furtherance of the muse of the community. Combs started the live Friday night concert series a few weeks ago which has featured thusfar musicians Steve Moyes, Jeff Duke and Richard Lainhart. Please join me if you are online for my show on Improv Friday.