Improv Game of the Day: All Ears

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA...

1 player. Put on a recording of some music in a style with which you are not very familiar, but would like to know more. After a while (3 minutes? 10? An hour? All Day? All week?), stop the recording and play something that sounds in some way like what you heard. Keep going, keep going. Don’t fret if it doesn’t sound much like the original – that’s all right. Influences seep into the DNA at different rates. At some point put your instrument aside and listen again with new ears. Repeat the process many times.

Variation: Play along with the recording for some time. Then at some point, stop the recording, and invent your own music that sounds in some way like the recording. Repeat at will.