An Overture in Seven Parts

overture_diptych

I am orchestrating a collaborative sound project between myself and six other artists that will take place during Northern Spark on 6/13/15 starting at 9pm. The lineup includes myself (David Andree), Josh Mason, Jonathan Kaiser, Nathan McLaughlin, John Marks, Casey Deming, and Ryan Potts (Aquarelle).

An Overture in Seven Parts is a long-form continuous sound composition that will be created in real time by a collective of seven different artists recording layered accompaniment onto the same pair of asynchronous tape loops. In a secondary room, there will be a multi-channel sound installation playing back an evolving combination of recorded samples that will be captured at regular intervals throughout the performance. Viewers will be able to move between the two rooms to either experience the larger composition unfolding in real time or walk around and in between the preserved previous moments of the sound piece.

The primary composition will rise out of the surrounding landscape by weaving atmospheres out of superimposed locally gathered field recordings which will then be manipulated and built on with various instrumentation. As the evolving composition is handed-off to the each subsequent artist, they will respond with their own additions and approach. This will both renew the soundscape and simultaneously degrade the sounds previously committed to the decaying tape loops that are continuously being worn away. The composition will close by reweaving the samples taken from all the artists throughout the performance into further iterations and new configurations.

Time: Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 9pm-5:26am
Location: Minneapolis College of Art + Design, 2501 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Schedule:
9pm Part 1, David Andree – Acoustic guitar, violin, objects, location recordings, electronics, tape loops
10pm Part 2, Josh Mason – Music box, electronics, cassette tapes, found objects, amplified surfaces
11pm Part 3, Jonathan Kaiser – Cello
12pm Part 4, Nathan McLaughlin – Guitar, electronics
1am Part 5, John Marks – Modular Synthesizer, tape
2am Part 6, Casey Deming – Tape
3am Part 7, Ryan Potts (Aquarelle) – Feedback, sine waves, guitar, electronics
4am A Revisiting / A Location of New Forms, David Andree – recordings recalling the previous seven parts, electronics, modified tape machines.

Links to participating artists:

David Andree
davidandree.com
twitter.com/davidandree

Josh Mason
https://facebook.com/josh.mason.music
twitter.com/josh__mason
instagram.com/josh__mason

Jonathan Kaiser
jonathankaiser.com
twitter.com/otherkaiser

Nathan McLaughlin
http://www.nathanmclaughlin.info
http://www.twitter.com/loudandsad

John Marks
alexvada.com
https://vimeo.com/user1101597

Casey Deming
http://insidesmusic.com/squidfist/
https://instagram.com/caseydeming

Ryan Potts (Aquarelle)
aquarelle-music.tumblr.com
twitter.com/aquarellemusic
aquarellemusic.bandcamp.com

12/16 performance (with todd harper)

reel to reel + keys

i’ll be performing a duet with todd harper for piano and tape machines at studio z on 12/16 at 7pm as part of the new ruckus composer series. a short discussion with the audience will follow the performance.

the performed composition will be continuing a musical conversation between artists david andree and todd harper that began as an improvised session at the black dog in august.

piano is fed into an ecosystem of tape machines that consume, layer, recycle and otherwise transform the instrument into new sonic atmospheres in real-time. shifting melodies and rhythmic structures emerge out of loops of magnetic tape and live piano which are either cultivated or contradicted.

the 12/16 performance will be a further iteration of the composition ‘brambles at night’ building from components of the previous generation, while adding new accompanyment and seeking further metamorphosis.

david andree – modified tape machines, electronics, tape loops
todd harper – piano

12/16/2014, 7pm

Studio Z
275 East Fourth St. Suite 200
St. Paul, MN

(651) 755-1600

land harps (artist talk)

landharps_instruments

I will be giving an artist talk about my recent project Land Harps on Thursday, November 13th at 7pm. I would like to invite you to attend if you are interested in hearing more about the project and its process. It would be good timing as well since the Rochester Art Center is free on Thursdays. The exhibition is on view now through December 7th, 2014.

The Land Harps project revolves around sculptures that enable the landscape to create sound compositions. Originating from pictorial ideas cultivated in drawings and paintings, the project has always been simultaneously thought of as an installation as well as an instrument. Secured to a sturdy form in the landscape, the walnut body of the instrument is outfitted with tuning machines and an internal piezo contact microphone. Piano wire is strung from the body of the instrument and secured to the bottom of a creek bed where the current of the water vibrates the strings at different pitches depending on the line tension, speed of the water and if anything happens to come in contact with the wires. As recordings progress, the current of the creek gradually alters the tuning of the instrument, producing subtle variations in tone and results in an overall composition. The resulting work is a contemplation within the constant flux of landscape, a study of its pacing and intervals.

Opening reception: Friday, October 17 | 7 – 9 pm
Artist talk: Thursday, November 13 | 7 pm

Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 282-8629
info@rochesterartcenter.org

http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/exhibition/david-andree/

land harps (exhibition)

landharps

You are cordially invited to the exhibition of my recent project – Land Harps. The exhibition at the Rochester Art Center will be on view from October 17 – December 7th, 2014.

The Land Harps project revolves around sculptures that enable the landscape to create sound compositions. Originating from pictorial ideas cultivated in drawings and paintings, the project has always been simultaneously thought of as an installation as well as an instrument. Secured to a sturdy form in the landscape, the walnut body of the instrument is outfitted with tuning machines and an internal piezo contact microphone. Piano wire is strung from the body of the instrument and secured to the bottom of a creek bed where the current of the water vibrates the strings at different pitches depending on the line tension, speed of the water and if anything happens to come in contact with the wires. As recordings progress, the current of the creek gradually alters the tuning of the instrument, producing subtle variations in tone and results in an overall composition. The resulting work is a contemplation within the constant flux of landscape, a study of its pacing and intervals.

Opening reception: Friday, October 17 | 7 – 9 pm
Artist talk: Thursday, November 13 | 7 pm

Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 282-8629
info@rochesterartcenter.org

http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/exhibition/david-andree/

estlerot, 3/5 at madame of the arts

david andree & promethian k frimsk play estlerot, 3/5 8pm at madame of the arts (3401 chicago avenue, minneapolis, mn).

estlerot
[david andree & promethian k frimsk]
(contact microphones, percussion, objects, tape, electronics)

bryce beverlin ii
& mike hallenbeck
(percussion, electronics, laptop & voice)

elaine evans
& john o’brien
(trumpet duo)

flyer by casey deming

spring 2013 course offerings

i’ll be teaching four courses open to the public this spring at the minneapolis college of art and design through the continuing education program. registration opens today and there is a $25 early registration discount before january 14th, 2013.

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sound art: location, collection, manipulation http://mcad.edu/continuing-education/photography-and-filmmaking/sound-art-location-collection-and-manipulation

This class is designed for anyone interested in exploring sound. Over the duration of the class, students will build their own contact microphones designed to collect sounds on-location that otherwise might not be audible, as well as recording the results of intentionally manipulating instruments and objects.

This developed library of recorded material will be used as a basis for arrangements and experimentation using accessible hardware and software through in-class demonstrations and hands-on sessions. The class will prepare students with the tools and knowledge necessary to create and present their own sound works, culminating in a sound performance event lead by the instructor.

drawing as process http://mcad.edu/continuing-education/drawing-and-painting/drawing-process-spring-2013

This class examines the act of drawing as a means for research, examination, experimentation, and, ultimately, a record of experience.

Students will explore approaches stemming from basic observational drawing to generative processes based on conceptual prompts in the studio through demonstrations, in-class exercises and discussions. This class is designed for anyone interested in using drawing as a means to generate ideas.

drawing into printmaking http://mcad.edu/continuing-education/drawing-and-painting/drawing-printmaking-spring-2013

How do artists start to generate ideas that may lead to a meaningful body of work? Working in both the drawing and print studios, students in this class will combine the issues of drawing and the processes of printmaking to explore how they work in tandem to encourage expansive imagery creation and idea generation.

Through in-class exercises and demonstrations, students will learn strategies to make dynamic and responsive drawings, and discover how to use printmaking as a method in and of itself for creating further meaning and ideation. Students will also learn the processes involved in producing editions of intaglio prints, providing an opportunity to experiment with using the “finished” print as starting point for creating new drawings and other works. / While printmaking and drawing experience is beneficial, it is not required.

botanical drawing http://mcad.edu/continuing-education/drawing-and-painting/botanical-drawing-spring-2013

This class provides an introduction to the history and splendor of botanical drawing. Students will use a variety of media such as graphite, colored pencils, and watercolor to create their own series of illustrations.

This class will also address the basic techniques used to capture both the detail and the beautiful and mysterious qualities of the botanical world. Class sessions will include presentations, demonstrations, and on-location drawing at the Como Conservatory in Saint Paul. / Basic drawing skills are recommended, but not required.