15
Feb

Slow goin’ in the studio…back in January 2011

15
Jul
I wrote What Is Small and Round in five minutes. It’s the only composition of mine that has come out so quickly. Interestingly, it was actually the result of a sort of ‘challenge’. I was in a chord-less group during college, and we were very much enjoying playing with each other. Feeling very inspired, we challenged each other to each write a composition by the next day. 
The tacit requisite was simplicity: we had been working with basic seeds and turning them into much more, and without a chordal instrument in the group there really was no reason to get too specific about whatever we wrote. This really helped me, and as soon as I sat down at my midi keyboard (this is also the only song i’ve written solely on a midi keyboard) I had a bass line. I laid the bass line down, and then the melody flowed immediately out as an improvisation. I might have changed 2 notes from what immediately came out. 
It’s very simple, but I’m very happy with it. The melody begs to be repeated, and based on this characteristic I thought it would make sense to just repeat the melody as much as possible. When the group performed it, the melody gave way to a lot of interesting interaction and improvisation, but always remained in the foreground. It was with this approach in mind that I recorded it 6 years later. 
**DISCLAIMER** YES I know the chart is written in a very poor, sloppy and overall incorrect fashion. But that was how I jotted it down as it came out and I thought I’d keep it that way. 

I wrote What Is Small and Round in five minutes. It’s the only composition of mine that has come out so quickly. Interestingly, it was actually the result of a sort of ‘challenge’. I was in a chord-less group during college, and we were very much enjoying playing with each other. Feeling very inspired, we challenged each other to each write a composition by the next day. 

The tacit requisite was simplicity: we had been working with basic seeds and turning them into much more, and without a chordal instrument in the group there really was no reason to get too specific about whatever we wrote. This really helped me, and as soon as I sat down at my midi keyboard (this is also the only song i’ve written solely on a midi keyboard) I had a bass line. I laid the bass line down, and then the melody flowed immediately out as an improvisation. I might have changed 2 notes from what immediately came out. 

It’s very simple, but I’m very happy with it. The melody begs to be repeated, and based on this characteristic I thought it would make sense to just repeat the melody as much as possible. When the group performed it, the melody gave way to a lot of interesting interaction and improvisation, but always remained in the foreground. It was with this approach in mind that I recorded it 6 years later. 

**DISCLAIMER** YES I know the chart is written in a very poor, sloppy and overall incorrect fashion. But that was how I jotted it down as it came out and I thought I’d keep it that way. 

06
Apr

What Is Small and Round - Outtake

by Sullivan Fortner, Chris Mees and Alex Ritz

This is an unmixed, unedited outtake from the studio session in January. This is (most likely) not going to be used so I thought I’d post a little taste of what went on. 

Like I said, this is unmixed. Pretty impressed with how the stuff sounded coming straight out of pro tools. 

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