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.
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.