After my last solo piano album Midnight Window Blue which contained a 30 minute improvisation, I decided to do an album all in one go with the next.
I had had an imspiring morning reading and listening to music and to the rain outside whilst I read. I went straight to my loft studio and opened the windows and placed 2 microphones out of the window to captured the outside sounds as I played. This is someting I have done several times in the past including my first solo album 4am where I captured the sound of a blackbird outside at 4am.
This time I caught the rain, the breeze in the trees and some cars going by, which all added to make a pleasantly otherworldy sound effect not unlike the ocean. I sang a few notes occasionally in the background too. Afterwards I played back the music both with and without the outside sounds and found I missed it when it wasnt there. I particularly liked in the still, quiet sections how the outside sound comes more into the foreground, like a cymbal. I am considering making a piano-only version for download on Bandcamp soon though.
I had no plan for the music except that I wanted it to contain very sparse and slightly atonal sections here and there. Otherwise I let the music go where it wishes, and I was surprised at folkish melodies coming up.
I realised listening back that improvising on the piano is something I shall always return to.