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