trio

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/davidandree/trio-disquiet0040[/soundcloud]

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.

for acoustic guitar, resonant filter, home-made tape echo, modified reel-to-reel tape machines, tape loops

a very early summer

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/davidandree/a-very-early-summer[/soundcloud]

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

gather, response

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/davidandree/gather-response-disquiet0005[/soundcloud]

condition : (as determined by the fifth junto project) make a field recording from everyday life and use the recording as a foundation for a composition layering additional sounds, 3-5 minutes in length, while keeping the original recording discernible in the final mix.

location : mississippi river lock and dam, upper st. anthony falls, minneapolis, minnesota. the original field recording was captured while traversing the terrain starting at an elevated out-skirt and ending at a melting block of ice and snow draining at the river basin. i am first familiar with the space from drawing and painting on site. there are pockets of dynamic spaces tucked around the architecture of the facility filled with trees, river shore, mud, sand and coarse rock. the sounds-cape of the location is equally rich, with man-made sounds of nearby traffic and the drone of the turbines contrasting more natural aspects such as falling water, melting ice, birds and diverse terrain underfoot.

intent : my initial aim with the work was to allow the shifting diversity of the location and presence of the original field recording to stay paramount, while adding additional melodic and textural elements to further articulate the already present tension and atmosphere.

process : after the field recording was collected and put down as a foundation, additional improvisations were woven throughout by multi-tracking on open reel tape in the following order:

1 : harmonium, closed tape loop
2 : acoustic guitar, closed tape loop
3 : acoustic guitar, rubber mallet, tape feedback + closed tape loop
4 : contact mic surface, toy bird call, multi-rods, glass slide, breath

reworking nearly there

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/davidandree/nearly-there-disquiet0004[/soundcloud]
nearly there (david andree rework)

reworking ‘nearly there’ by marcus fischer as part of the disquiet junto project adding the following condition: created in single session, in two passes.

for recordings, acoustic guitar, violin, tape and spring reverb.

reworking tiger flower circle sun

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/davidandree/intend-evolve-willits-david[/soundcloud]
intend evolve (david andree rework)

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/davidandree/sun-body-willits-david-andree[/soundcloud]
sun body (david andree rework)

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/davidandree/new-life-willits-david-andree[/soundcloud]
new life (david andree rework)

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/davidandree/light-into-branches-willits[/soundcloud]
light into branches (david andree rework)

reworking tracks from ‘tiger flower circle sun’ by christopher willits as part of his remix project. these tracks were done in a period of a day. i used the stems provided by christopher willits and combined them with my approach to creating and layering live tape loops with additional real time acoustic guitar instrumentation with the intention of creating a new suite of works.

for samples, tape and acoustic guitar

frimsk session

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played an improvised session with promethean k. frimsk recently. the intention was to record percussive audio demonstrations for a short run of contact microphone surfaces that will be for sale soon, but the session evolved into us just improvising off of each other for a while. the following are two excerpts taken from the session.

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promethean k. frimsk : contact microphone surface, percussion, objects, toy piano, resonant filter.

david andree : acoustic guitar, contact microphone surface, brushes, objects, 2880, tape loop.

meandering

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modified my cassette 4 track further to incorporate a potentiometer to punch in and out (for smoother transitions). the following was recorded while giving the new modification a test run.

kara andree: melodica
david andree: acoustic guitar, 2880, modified 4-track w/ cassette tape loop

a tonal cloud (shō study)

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i have always been interested in building up atmospheric drones and have lately become obsessed with the traditional japanese instrument known as a shō. the free reed instrument is powered by breath and uses metal reeds tuned with wax attached to the bottom of 15 bamboo pipes (17 pipes total). the instrument traditionally serves the purpose of ‘freezing’ a melody into a kind of floating cloud for other instruments to occupy.

this audio work attempts to approximate some of the tonal qualities of the shō using a harmonium transitioning between the traditional chords ‘ge’ and ‘otsu.’ once an atmosphere of floating tones was created, improvised violin and acoustic guitar were interwoven using a stereo tape feedback loop and a closed tape loop.

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/