A Podcast That Deconstructs the Story Inside of the Music
“Improvisations on The Ledge is a must for musicians, composers, music fans, artists, and indeed anyone with an interest in and appreciation for organic music and creative expression in their purest forms.”
IOTL is a kind of performance art. In each episode, Saltzman tackles a particular subject—a genre, music trends, problems creative musicians face—and the riffs on it with both words and improvised piano music.
Peter draws on his extensive background and knowledge in multiple genres: jazz, classical, pop, and more. But IOTL is not a lecture; it’s a creative deep dive into the soul of music.
Improvisations on the Ledge is not just about music. It is music.
...Or how musical order insists on materializing out of seemingly random occurrences... A random musical thought occurs while parking the car, which circuitously leads me to a final chord at precisely the moment when a plane flies by in the same exact key. I don’t...
Yes, that’s right, improvisations with sports-style play-by-play analysis—including instant replay! (Where else but on IOTL..) It may seem like a sacrilege of sorts to do an analysis of my own improvisations, thus robbing of some supposedly idealize pure, unfettered...
Is it possible to make beautiful music with just two intertwining melodies? Bach did. Can I?
It’s Friday, so in honor of Joe Friday from Dragnet I give you these three unrelated (both to each other and the TV show) improvisations. Back next week with a full episode…
You can create nearly perfectly executed music in this world—as long as it’s not original.
Back in the day, the great classical composers were brilliant improvisers. Are they still? Is it even possible?
To be brief: I never much cared for minimalism until I minimally did.
In which I do battle with the almost perfect symmetry in John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” to try to create something a little messy and asymmetrical.
Are free will and free improvisation really free, or am I deluding myself? And is deluding myself a necessary condition for free will/improvisations?
In an era when musical context has been decimated by listener playlists, on demand streaming and the general downfall of the album, who creates the larger context for a single piece of music? You do! Until I do.
The episode” in which anything can happen but mostly doesn’t
Left-leaning improvisations on patriotic tunes for (what’s left of) Independence Day