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Feb 17 2009

Music for Trombone and Voice

I volunteered to do some sound design work for a fledgling theater group’s 2nd annual 6 play festival. One of the plays took place in Heaven, Earth, and Hell. I created a soundscape for Heaven using trombone and voice, and one for

using audio from a live performance by sound artists SMGSAP. The director decided not to use the tracks I produced, but I rather liked the piece I created, so I thought I’d share it here:

      Music for Trombone and Voice (A Heavenly Soundscape)

I’ve received quite a few mixed reactions from folks who have listened to it. Most find it pleasing, but decidedly unheavenly. That’s ok. It feels reverential, peaceful, and heavenly to me.

Please feel free to leave comments.

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Sep 23 2007

SoundWalk2007 Recap

Published by under Gratitude,Sound

I have to say that SoundWalk2007 was amazing. There was a HUGE turnout, and a very diverse mix of young hipsters, folks about our age with their kids, and older folks too. There were about 50 works and/or performances spread out over 4 square blocks. Some were in cars, or in the backs of rented U-Haul trucks, some on roof-tops, in store-fronts, alley ways, on the sidewalks, and in galleries.

Some works were astoundingly simple. For example, an artist took 100 music box innards and mounted them all in one large wooden box. Somehow, there was a main mechanism that would hold them in check. You could wind up any number of them then release the master mechanism and they would play. The effect was actually quite pleasing. There was also a performance of “Napping Music,” in which 6-12 people lay, with blankets and pillows, on the stage. At one point several children wandered by and decided to lay on the floor next to the stage. This same group also did a performance where the musicians would only play if you touched them. Sweet.

On the other extreme, there was one piece that looked like a beautiful delicate sculpture of wire and lights but, upon closer examination, one realized that it was actually a very complex electrical circuit that responded to changes in light and sound. People were interacting with it, and it was quite delightful to see the looks of wonder on their faces.

As for me, I’ll give you a brief description of what I was doing. I was talking on my Cel Phone. There were two parts to this. The first part was, as I strolled around, me saying complementary things about folks as they walked by, as though I were sharing this with the person I was speaking to on my phone. “There’s a woman in front of me who has the most beautiful hair.” or “I’m looking at an older man who has the nicest face.” I was intentionally trying to communicate positive, and specific, statements about people in the area. The 2nd part was using my cel phone in places that might be seen as inappropriate, for example during the napping music performance. Some people responded by ignoring me, obviously so, to the point where I called it “Cel-Phone Shunning.” Even friends of mine would act this way. Others would glare at me and, once, someone pointed toward the door, suggesting that I leave.

Overall, I’d say that what I did was a success, but I felt myself being somewhat timid and not really pushing things as far as I could. For example, there’s a very nice restaurant in the area, and a friend suggested I go in, stand at the bar, and talk on my phone. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, though.

My friend Dennis brought his video camera, and I rented a wireless microphone system that allowed him to stand fairly far from me and, hopefully, capture some of the interactions. I’ve not reviewed the tape, but look forward to doing so. If we captured anything good, I’ll post it.

My sincere thanks to all the folks at Flood, who invisioned, produced, and sustained this amazing event, and invited me to participate. Thanks to Marco, Shea, Kamran, Frauke, Shelley, and all the amazing artists who participated this year.

Well, that’s about it for now.



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Sep 17 2007

Phone Messages

Published by under audio tracks,Family,Sound

As I plough through the detritus of my life I occationally find tidbits, fragments, glimpses of times and places past, long forgotten connections, meaningful references, etc. No better example of this are phone messages. I remember feeling the need to get an answering machine at some point, mostly because 1) I was looking for a job and, 2) my friends all complained bitterly that they could never reach me, the elusive social butterfly that I was. Still, I don’t think the answering machine ever really solved any problems, and caused a few of its own.

I was living on 4th Street, just across from Chipper’s Corner (now the Pike) at Hermosa. I’d been working for Kinko’s but, at some point in this period, I lost my job. It took some time, but I eventually moved out of the apartment and back in with my mom, and started working for KLON.

Featured on the recording are Brian Hancock, Brian Nelson, Joanie Karnowski, Camille Smith, my roommate Jim Theibert, Larry Miller, Mike Dubois, Andrea Adkins, Rychard Cooper, Bebe Wolff, Marvin Wolff, and a few others. I am pretty sure that phone numbers from more than 20 years ago have no modern relevency.

      Listen To The Messages
– [this is a large 13MB file, so it may take a while to download]

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Aug 08 2007


Published by under Art,Sound


I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in the 4th Annual SoundWalk. This one-night event presents a variety of conceptual, performance, sculptural, and site-specific installation works on the streets, businesses, galleries, and byways of the East Village, in Long Beach, CA. All works use sound in one way or another.

I have had the good fortune to have participated in the previous three events. In the first two, I presented kenetic sculptures and, last year, sat in on a performance by the Hop Frog Kollectiv.

This year, I’m pushing my own creative boundaries, but won’t be able to tell you more. You’ll just have to come and experience things for yourself.

From the organizers:

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Jun 18 2007

Sound Excerpt #3

Published by under Art,Sound

I’ve posted two other aural excursions,(Part 1 & Part 2) all part of a long-form project that I’ve been working on for a while.

      Hear another installment

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Jun 11 2007

Another aural adventure

Published by under Art,Sound

I was sharing some thoughts about the project I’ve been working on with my dad. He’d asked me if I intended for there to be a visual componant with the sounds.

Here’s what I wrote:

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Jun 01 2007

Excerpt from Sound Project

Published by under Art,audio tracks,Sound

For quite some time now I’ve been collecting audio from various environments and, just recently, I’ve begun to edit and assemble them into what will eventually be a very large piece (60-80 minutes). I’ve posted a 10 minute segment that includes audio from 4 different recordings. I don’t know if you have a set of headphones that you can connect to your computer but, if so, I think you’ll enjoy the experience a bit more:


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Mar 14 2007

Transduction In Action at The Photon Ballet

Here are two shots taken at The Photon Ballet:



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May 19 2006

Sloppy Seconds Project

I was talking to a friend the other day, discussing the 45 second track I produced for the upcoming vinyl compilation I was invited to participate in. I learned that another compilation was in the works, but this one had a slightly different spin.

The project, “Sloppy Seconds,” will feature 80 one minute tracks. Each one minute track will comprise 60 one second submissions, each from a different artist or group, totalling at 3600 individual submissions. Of course, I had to make one.

If the player, above, doesn’t work, you can

      download the file here

Also, you can

      hear the one minute track
that has my one second composition in it.

Please leave comments, as I always welcome feedback!

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Apr 24 2006

Another 45 Second Track…

I created another 45 second track, yet still this is not the one I planned to create from the very beginning. This is a purely vocal exploration…

Please note that, even though the track is short, I’ve posted the uncompressed WAV file, which is actually rather large.

Or click

to hear the track!

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