Steve Treseler Music

The Card Game

POSTED ON August 18, 2016   |   One Comment

The ‘card came’ removed my usual block of being terrified to make s*** up (is it good?) and I felt really free. It was just inside my comfort zone and I was pleased with my own contribution.

– Kendal Seager, violin
Game Symphony Workshop participant

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Creative Chamber Music

POSTED ON July 21, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Earlier this month a group of classically-trained adult musicians came together to launch the Game Symphony Workshop. The program is designed to unlock and unblock creativity, ease fears, build community, and generate new music.


Footage from the Game Symphony Workshop

POSTED ON July 07, 2016   |   Post A Comment

I had an exhilarating and inspiring weekend with thirteen musicians for the maiden voyage of the Game Symphony Workshop!

The event brought together a diverse group of musicians, including professional orchestral players, band directors, university students, and amateur musicians. The two day workshop at Seattle Pacific University culminated with the premiere of sixteen original pieces. The performance featured an improvised film score, abstract soundscapes, meditative minimalism, musical settings for poetry, solo improvisations, and Soundpainting, a sign language for live composition.

Kaley leads a rhythmic game on day one

Kaley leads a rhythm game on day one


Presenting the Game Symphony Workshop

POSTED ON May 19, 2016   |   Post A Comment
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the Game Symphony Workshop. This creative music experience helps formally trained musicians get off the page through Soundpainting, musical adaptations of theater games, and creative chamber music.
Steve and Kaley 2


Soundpainting: The Art of Live Composition

POSTED ON March 24, 2016   |   Post A Comment
One of the best vehicles for teaching group improvisation is Soundpainting, a sign language for live composition.

Steve Soundpainting, see video below


The Uber Game and Sneaky Snake

POSTED ON March 04, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Viola Spolin, the creator of improvised theater games, describes a spontaneous scene as “a timeless moment when all are mutually engaged in experience. You don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s where they joy is, the everlasting spiral.”

Courtesy of Flickr/Andrew Currie


On the Edge: Improvisation in Music

POSTED ON December 18, 2015   |   Post A Comment

Do yourself a favor and watch this stunning documentary!

On the Edge: Improvisation in Music is a 1992 4-part series produced and narrated by British guitarist Derek Bailey. The film features performances and interviews from master musicians all over the globe. You can stream the entire documentary below.

"Buddy Guy Liri Blues 1989" by Sardognunu

“Buddy Guy Liri Blues 1989” by Sardognunu, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons



Practice Creativity through the Power of Limits

POSTED ON November 02, 2015   |   One Comment

“I believe creativity comes from limits, not freedom.”

This is not a quote about music. It’s how Jon Stewart describes preparing for the The Daily Show with his team of writers (from an interview with NPR’s Fresh Air).

Stravinsky employed a similar process:

My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self of the chains that shackle the spirit.

Igor Stravinsky, Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons

Courtesy of Museum of Making Music


Expand Your Ears and Creativity with Drones

POSTED ON September 18, 2015   |   7 Comments

A drone is a sustained tone that accompanies a piece of music. Drones can be found in musical traditions all over the word. Indian classical music, Scottish bagpipes, Gregorian chant (organum), Native American flute, minimalism, and modal jazz are a few examples.

Practicing with drones is one of the most effective ways to sharpen your ears and inspire your inner music.


Courtesy of Martin Spaink/Wikimedia Commons


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