condition: (as determined by the fortieth junto project) create a unique performance as a third part to accompany kenneth kirschner (piano) and tawnya popoff’s (viola) duet “june 5, 2012 – iii.” you cannot change the existing audio. the finished work should have a duration between two and eleven minutes.
process: after listening to the track one time through, an improvisation for acoustic guitar was recorded in response on open reel tape in one pass with no overdubs, with the intention to at first follow then lead.
condition: (as determined by the twenty-ninth junto project) make a field recording of source material that involves running water to act as a foundation for a sound work providing both rhythmic and melodic material. add elements and treatments to the foundation recording, with the intention of highlighting the water’s internal sense of rhythm and melody, while keeping the original recording recognizable. duration should be between 2 and 4 minutes.
process: melodic content was produced from a field recording of a river as the only source material using a resonant filter and reel to reel tape loops. the recording documents the gradual removal of elements allowing different elements to surface.
proud to be performing along with two other amazing artists (nathan mclaughlin, joe houpert) as part of the crow with no mouth 2012 concert series. i’ll be performing an improvised set using a pair of modified reel to reel tape machines and acoustic instruments.
crow with no mouth promotions is pleased to present three musicians working with reel-to-reel tape in an evening of composed and improvised music.
The first concert in the cwnm 2012 concert series brings together musicians who have focused for several years on using tape as a source of unabashedly beautiful sound; at times highly abstract, at others narrative-driven, Andree, Prayer and McLaughlin extend the tradition of tape collage, concrète, and intelligent ambient music.
Poster by artist, musician and swell human being Jaron Childs.
condition: (as determined by the eleventh junto project) make a field recording of a rhythmic sound. use this recording as the main rhythmic element in your track while adding any additional elements. duration should be between 2-5 minutes.
process: field recording made of the asynchronous rhythms of passing traffic from under a freeway overpass in minneapolis, mn. additional performances of acoustic guitar and violin were added in two passes (one for each instrument), recorded on to 4-track open reel tape.
for field recording, acoustic guitar, violin, spring reverb and tape loops
condition: (as determined by the eighth junto project) you will select a single sentence (or extended, self-contained clause) from chapter 11 in the autobiography of benjamin franklin. you will use that recording as the sole audio source material in your work. at some point, the sentence/clause must be comprehensible to the listener. you will not add any other sounds. duration must be between two and five minutes.
process: selected sentence was read by kara andree and recorded to a dictaphone. the dictaphone was then used for live play back which was processed using electronics and layered on a pair of modified reel to reel recorders with closed tape loops.
condition: (as determined by the seventh junto project) everyone will work from the same source audio. you will only remove. your piece will be the exact same length as the original recording on which it is based: two minutes (02:00).
process: the source audio was first recorded to tape while subtracting frequency bands with equalization. tape was then prepared by kara andree by removing the magnetic oxide with sandpaper. the prepared tape was then played back while manually removing the tape from the playback head during operation.
condition: (as determined by the sixth junto project) select one distinct element from each of the three following recordings (1,2,3) and construct something new from them. (do not add any other sounds, though certainly use any sorts of processing that you might choose.) keep your finished piece to between two and five minutes. all three tracks are archival songs originally released on antique edison cylinders in the late 1800s and very early 1900s.
all audio selected from these antique cylinder recordings: