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

call, response

i am pleased to announce that call, response, a collaborative album containing musical conversations between myself and artist josh mason (jacksonville, fl), will be published as a 12″ vinyl lp in early 2014 by own records (luxembourg).

Call, Response was conceived of as a long distance musical conversation between the two artists. A single take of material performed by one artist was recorded to magnetic tape and sent to the other with the restriction that accompaniment be recorded in real time as well, closely simulating a live performance. Over time, as the players learned more about each other and their methods, an overarching quality to the body of work developed from their shared sensibilities. The call and response format allowed the voice of each artist to be present, interacting and intersecting, within a murky atmosphere punctuated by melodic fragments and moments of clarity.

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/

an unlikely collaboration

i made a field recording while walking the entire length of the market in downtown minneapolis today – passing people, traffic and the occasional street musician. when i later listened to the playback of the recording, i became interested in the passing moments of a hammered dulcimer and a saxophone player. working with the limitation of leaving elements of their original performances intact, i wanted to see how i could resolve their two performances into a musical composition.

the following is live processing the single field recording into a collaboration of sorts

live processing for field recording, hammered dulcimer, saxophone and laptop