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14th Dec '16 9:24:03 AM 06tele
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* It is rumored that Johan Sebastian Bach improvised most of his fugal works.

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* It is rumored rumored, but not true, that Johan Sebastian Bach Creator/JohannSebastianBach improvised most of his fugal works.works. Bach was a genius improviser, able to improvise three-part fugues, and once did so on command for Frederick the Great, but while a few of his fugues might be written-out improvisations, most of them were through-composed.
14th Dec '16 9:21:16 AM 06tele
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* Free improvisation is ''entirely'' improvised music, typically played by smaller ensembles and soloists. Bigger ensembles are capable of free improvisation, but the form relies very much on the quality of every musician's attention to what's going on, and after a certain point it becomes difficult-to-impossible to sift out what's happening, so large ensembles typically use a set of rules to determine who should play what and when (e.g. 'If there is another musician playing the same instrument as you, don't play when they're playing', or conversely, 'only one section at a time should play', etc.) The challenge is usually to avoid every improvisation having the same form: starting very quiet, working up to a big climax and then being quieter again. It requires players to be able to turn on a dime, hear what others are doing and respond appropriately, have an endless number of ideas and the greatest possible technical command of the instrument, and above all the willingness to not play anything at all if that's what's needed. Some rock bands have done it successfully, notably Music/HenryCow and Music/KingCrimson; rock bands who do this unsuccessfully generally end up merely jamming, which isn't the same thing.
3rd Nov '16 9:14:28 PM nombretomado
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* All the dialog from ''HomeMovies'' was done this way to make it sound like 3 kids talking in real life. Even the scripts only had small notes on them and jokes to fall back on if the voice actors couldn't think of anything to say.

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* All the dialog from ''HomeMovies'' ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' was done this way to make it sound like 3 kids talking in real life. Even the scripts only had small notes on them and jokes to fall back on if the voice actors couldn't think of anything to say.
9th Oct '16 8:56:55 AM erforce
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'':
13th Sep '16 9:39:19 AM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* Jimmy Smits supposedly left ''NYPDBlue'' because David Milch insisted on the actors often improvising scenes without a script at all.



* Improvisation happens a lot in the music world, especially jazz. Improvisations in the world of jazz music are varied, depending on the subgenre. Swing musicians usually just "riffed" on the melody, while the bebop musicians played extended solos on the chord changes. Miles Davis edited hours of recordings of his musicians loose improvisations to create "Bitches Brew". Ornette Coleman pioneered free jazz, improvisation using no chord changes at all. And the genre continues...

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* Improvisation happens a lot in the This is common practice throughout music world, especially jazz. where you don't have multiple musicians playing in unison. The only forms where you will NEVER see it are in things like highly-composed works (like most classical pieces), show music (where cues must be timed precisely with live action) and choral pieces (where singers often rely on instrumental cues for their parts).
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Improvisations in the world of jazz music are varied, depending on the subgenre. Swing musicians usually just "riffed" on the melody, while the bebop musicians played extended solos on the chord changes. Miles Davis edited hours of recordings of his musicians loose improvisations to create "Bitches Brew". Ornette Coleman pioneered free jazz, improvisation using no chord changes at all. And the genre continues...



* Music/{{Genesis}} had, by 1983 especially, recorded their albums "clean slate" (i.e.: no pre-written material) simply by jamming and improvising in their private studio, often using minimal sketched ideas or riffs by one of the band members (guitarist/bassist Mke Rutherford [[WordOfGod once claimed in a TV documentary]] he sometimes isn't even told what key to play in), collecting the best ideas from the jams to make songs from. [[JustifiedTrope Apparently this was done as]] the bandmembers felt most of the magic from previous albums came from group-written jams, and they wanted to maintain a group dynamic and collective spirit.

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* Music/{{Genesis}} had, by 1983 especially, recorded their albums "clean slate" (i.e.: no pre-written material) simply by jamming and improvising in their private studio, often using minimal sketched ideas or riffs by one of the band members (guitarist/bassist Mke Mike Rutherford [[WordOfGod once claimed in a TV documentary]] he sometimes isn't even told what key to play in), collecting the best ideas from the jams to make songs from. This even extended to writing lyrics [[WordSaladLyrics out of the words and phonetics]] Phil made up on the spot while singing melodies over the jams. [[JustifiedTrope Apparently this was done as]] the bandmembers felt most of the magic from previous albums came from group-written jams, and they wanted to maintain a group dynamic and collective spirit.spirit.
* {{Music/Can}}'s albums were built almost entirely from improvisation, and edited together into somewhat coherent songs after the fact. When Damo Suzuki was the lead vocalist, he often just made up his lyrics on the spot.
8th Sep '16 7:43:16 AM DaibhidC
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* By necessity in the whodunnit PanelGame ''Radio/FoulPlay''; the actors know the plot and characterisation, but have no idea what the panellists are going to ask their characters.
22nd Jun '16 6:21:42 AM gewunomox
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* The acoustic guitar solo at the start of "And You and I" by {{Yes}} was an unplanned improv. They were gearing up to start recording the track, and Steve Howe was doodling and checking the tuning on his guitar. Jon Anderson thought it sounded "beautiful" and signalled to Eddie Offord to start recording. The whole thing [[ThrowItIn made it into the album mix]], including Eddie responding "OK" to Jon's signal after he starts the tape.

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* The acoustic guitar solo at the start of "And You and I" by {{Yes}} Music/{{Yes}} was an unplanned improv. They were gearing up to start recording the track, and Steve Howe was doodling and checking the tuning on his guitar. Jon Anderson thought it sounded "beautiful" and signalled to Eddie Offord to start recording. The whole thing [[ThrowItIn made it into the album mix]], including Eddie responding "OK" to Jon's signal after he starts the tape.
21st May '16 2:33:24 PM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' is famous for blurring the line between ad libs and scripted dialogue, with nearly half the dialogue cited as ad libs by the cast. Examples include the famous "Twinkie" scene, Peter's response of "so do I" when Egon says he blames himself for not testing their proton packs, and Egon's response of "that would have worked if you hadn't stopped me" when Peter refers to a NoodleIncident involving Egon trying to drill a hole in his head. Sigourney Weaver's ad libs include comparing Peter to "a game show host" (the original line was a used-car salesmen, but she observed that he actually bounces around like a game show host), and much of Rick Moranis's dialogue as Louis welcomes people to his party is improvised.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' is famous for blurring the line between ad libs and scripted dialogue, with nearly half the dialogue cited as ad libs by the cast. Examples include the famous "Twinkie" scene, Peter's response of "so do I" when Egon says he blames himself for not testing their proton packs, and Egon's response of "that would have worked if you hadn't stopped me" when Peter refers to a NoodleIncident involving Egon trying to drill a hole in his head. Sigourney Weaver's Creator/SigourneyWeaver's ad libs include comparing Peter to "a game show host" (the original line was a used-car salesmen, but she observed that he actually bounces around like a game show host), and much of Rick Moranis's Creator/RickMoranis's dialogue as Louis welcomes people to his party is improvised.
9th May '16 8:17:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/CharlieChaplin was renowned - and hated by his crew - for this. He would often begin the shoot with no script, instead making up and trying stuff on the fly until something worked... Which some days, wouldn't happen. He also had a bad temper which showed when he got frustrated not being able to find just the right gag.
** Of course, Charlie Chaplin is still Charlie Chaplin. There's a set-piece gag in ''TheGreatDictator'' where Chaplin's barber shaves a customer in time with the (frighteningly fast) Hungarian dance on the radio. The intention was to do the shave repeatedly and then patch it together with the music in editing. Chaplin had the music playing on-set, though. Result: The shave was filmed perfect in one take. The first one.

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* Creator/CharlieChaplin was renowned - and hated by his crew - for this. He would often begin the shoot with no script, instead making up and trying stuff on the fly until something worked... Which some days, wouldn't happen. He also had a bad temper which showed when he got frustrated not being able to find just the right gag.
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gag. Of course, Charlie Chaplin is still Charlie Chaplin. There's a set-piece gag in ''TheGreatDictator'' ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' where Chaplin's barber shaves a customer in time with the (frighteningly fast) Hungarian dance on the radio. The intention was to do the shave repeatedly and then patch it together with the music in editing. Chaplin had the music playing on-set, though. Result: The shave was filmed perfect in one take. The first one.
27th Apr '16 5:47:06 AM emeriin
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* ''WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses''. Doug admitted he turned his morals off to answer the questions, but still refused to go anywhere that would spread hate instead of mock it.
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