in seven parts (performance)

an overture in seven parts, setup 01
overall setup

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main pair of tape loops


an overture in seven parts, performance 01
part 1, david andree (photo: josh mason)

an overture in seven parts, performance 02
part 2, josh mason (photo: ryan potts)

an overture in seven parts, performance 03
part 3, jonathan kaiser (photo: josh mason)

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part 4, nathan mclaughlin (photo: josh mason)

an overture in seven parts, performance 05
part 5, john marks (photo: josh mason)

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part 6, casey deming (photo: josh mason)

an overture in seven parts, performance 07
part 7, ryan potts (aquarelle) (photo: josh mason)

An Overture in Seven Parts


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

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

Josh Mason

Jonathan Kaiser

Nathan McLaughlin

John Marks

Casey Deming

Ryan Potts (Aquarelle)

crow with no mouth, performance (5/13)

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.

the performance will take place at 8pm on sunday, may 13th at studio z (275 east fourth street suite 200, st. paul, mn 55101)

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.