Musical Direction for Genre-Based Long Form Improv

Introduction At “The Right To Be Funny” festival last month, the cast decided to end the festival with a “Tarantino Night”.    When I asked how they would like that MD-ed (MD standing for Musical Direction) they went “Oh lots of surf guitar music.  Or maybe vampire music.  Or Ennio Morricone.  Or Nazi songs.”   I scratched … Continue reading Musical Direction for Genre-Based Long Form Improv

Postmodern Musical Improv Format

Introduction This post covers a musical (long form) improv format that I call a “Postmodern Musical”. Before we dive into the format, let me explain why I call it “postmodern”. Postmodernism  is a pretty broad term, and as argued here @ allaboutphilosophy.org   it is by nature “difficult to define, because to define it would violate … Continue reading Postmodern Musical Improv Format

Cloud Atlas – a Long Form Improv Format

Introduction Here is a fun long form improv format I developed in 2013.  It's based upon the book "Cloud Atlas"  by David Mitchell.   The book has a very peculiar structure, upon which this format is based.  I'll describe the basic format first, and then provide some variations.  This post ends with a BIG SPOILER: … Continue reading Cloud Atlas – a Long Form Improv Format