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I am a bedroom musician of sorts, since it's not really my day job (unix sysadmin, high profile site, boring computer shit, etc).
My musical output is strange because I come from a weird musical upbringing as an opera singer, marching trumpet player, composition student, free improvisor and musicologist.
I love to spin house music and mix it up with broken beat funk, and knew house only from tacking myself to the foreskin of smaller underground clubs in chicago, where i even ended up as a resident dj and performance collaborator.
I've performed alongside some of the most accomplished musicians of my lifetime, and will never forget those moments as long as I live.
I live for improvisation.
When I DJ, I play mostly vinyl. But I do burn digital tracks onto CD to throw into the mix. Some great stuff is simply too good to pass up.
I sequence studio tracks using Digital Performer and used to have a much more extensive hardware setup before I did a little life reset a couple of years back.
Otherwise, I perform live with various looping samplers, hardware fx, and an arsenal of toys and natural objects to sample while I improvise.
Electronic Music other: some new improvisation
Written July 03 2009 , Tags: improvisation, craque
One of the cool things that came out of improv sessions the last few days, and though i'm not nearly as good as Roshi for posting improvs, in his tradition it's here on soundcloud:
i think i use just about every piece of my rig in this one. 15 minutes of free improv.
really enjoyed this. how did you get those weird granular sounds there toward the end? or the droney bit afterward?
overall, my main criticism is that there's isnt enough space. the sound changes considerably, but it seems to sort of drift from place to place rather than moving forcefully. I recommend more space and trying to vary the dynamic range more. add some pointilist elements.
but yeah, i'd love to hear a bit more about how you made this.
thanks for your feedback! i agree, it's very drifty. i've been listening to some morton feldman as of late, so probably that's showing up in my playing.
everything you hear was improvised live using hardware loopers and delay effects. i have a couple of pitch shifting delays too, which can produce quite a granular/DSP sound if the knobs and dials are played like instruments, which i do a lot. it's like all the hardware i put together evolves into an instrument. there's a great deal of convolution that happens between devices - the drone you're hearing at the end is like 3-4 voices of stuff going on simultaneously.
the sound sources in this case are a combination of guitar, thingamakit, my homemade synth, and my homemade amplified sounding board with attachments (springs, rubber bands, pieces of metal like old CPU heat sinks).
it's all put together as it happens, i go for a loss of control. so there are no pre-recorded anythings or samples at all. nothing is planned, everything is impromptu.
there are a few guitarists i think you might be interested in if you don't already know them: giuseppi ielasi, burkhard stangl, taku unami (whose work only sometimes includes guitar). Are you familiar with EAI in general?
feldman is a great resource. the 'on and on' type feeling of his later work is present here, but this track does shift enough that I'm not sure the parallel is very close. you might try to get closer by making a less varied track.
craque said: " it's like all the hardware i put together evolves into an instrument."
that's the best. keep at it!!
i wish you lived near me i'd love to jam sometime...
ah yes, ielasi is awesome. i love the 12k releases.
i am very familiar with electro-acoustic improvisation in general, i've been doing it for the past decade in various forms and guises. used to be a lot more active with a group i toured with back east called Gray Code, at least one member of which is still heavily involved in the DC improv scene. i used to be on the phila-improv email list way-back-when, did shows up at the redroom in baltimore, knitting factory in NYC, Chicago as well.
well, i'm not *trying* to sound like feldman, i only am influenced. but i do like the wide breadth of his and Cage's work, i've studied a great deal of it, and performed it a lot too.
free improvisation for me is something of a intuitive trust. things go directions i don't plan. but i hear you on the "less varied", that's a goal of mine... to focus on the ideas and let the good ones flow, not just try to be maximalist about it. but there's a fine balance.
back east we used to jam a lot more too, people interested in this kind of thing lived closer together, and i think during the 90's the free-improv scene in the mid-atlantic was at its peak. it's been difficult finding people around LA who just want to do improv workshops and jam, but that's where it's at!!
btw, you may be aware of this board: ihatemusic.noquam.com where erstwhile label owner job abbey posts a lot (occasional posters include cor fuhler, bhob rainey, joe foster is a regular) and subject matter generally relates to EAI (at least tangentially). not as friendly atmosphere as here, but some good infos.
thanks for that tip, haven't checked out this blog before.
it used to be located at link which has good reviews
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