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in creating quiet/subtle sound works there are many times one can run into the problem of stage volume not masking the sound of foot-switches, which can take away from a work. to minimize the noise of switch clicks, i modified a selection of my electro-harmonix pedals (2880 foot controller, stereo memory man with hazarai, cathedral reverb) by installing momentary click-less soft-switches when possible. this modification is an easy drop-in replacement and would be beneficial to anyone using these pedals who desires a lower noise level for recording or live situations. i’m interested in cusack’s tbs2 for replacing noisy 3pdt on/off switches next.

edit: i already had a couple people ask about the toggle on the stereo memory man + cathedral. that was a separate modification allowing you to record/layer or freeze the reverb without having to keep holding the switch down. a post regarding that modification can be found here http://www.davidandree.com/blog/?p=572

morning music

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mm-cc - 06.26.11 from Jared Smyth on Vimeo.

From a series of gatherings put on by artist jared smyth where friends get together and make music, art, video etc. This video documents an excerpt of a long-form improvisation involving myself (david andree), john keston and jared smyth on 6-26-2011.

my instruments for the session included acoustic guitar, melodica, brushes, contact mics, 2880, modified 4-track loaded with cassette tape loops, and a reel to reel with a closed tape loop. john keston was playing the roland june-106, triggering the roland mks-80 with the gms, and playing acoustic piano. jared smyth was running grainslide and cutting live loops from everyone’s signals. jared smyth did the final mixing, shot and edited the documentation video.

see the original post here and many more wonderful sessions with different artists over at mm-cc.org

john keston’s work can be found at http://audiocookbook.org/