Archive for the Duos Category

Atlas Sets at RAM

Posted in Duos, Sessions with tags , , , on January 4, 2014 by glenncbach

Not bad for a Thursday night. A successful performance and recording session for Soft Sound Loud Loud Sound Soft, the Atlas Sets session with Philip Mantione. A good crowd, some perhaps in town for the annual Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside.


Bach setup + recording to Zoom H4n

We captured a four-channel recording of the atrium space, as well as separate direct feeds from our own boards. We’ll be reviewing the recordings over the next few months. Stay tuned.




All eyes on Phil.


View from the balcony.


Near the end of the set.

Bach + Mantione at Riverside Art Museum

Posted in Duos, Sessions with tags , , , , , on December 21, 2013 by glenncbach

Soft Sound Loud Loud Sound Soft
A site specific performance by sound artists Philip Mantione and Glenn Bach featuring live computer music and custom-built instruments to take place in the Atrium of the Riverside Art Museum.

Bach’s music features typically loud sounds (ie. distorted guitar) that have been manipulated and drastically reduced in volume to contemplative levels, encouraging the listener to experience the subtleties and delicacies in timbre and texture which he creates.  In response, Mantione will use manipulated samples of typically soft sounds (ie. pins dropping) and raise their levels to expose the sonic detail normally beyond the scope of human hearing. He will also perform on a custom-built electronic Aeolian harp, an instrument traditionally designed to be activated by the wind.

Listeners/viewers will be able to freely enter and exit the space and get up close and personal with the performers. The artists have agreed to collaborate as part of the Atlas Sets. Conceived by Bach, the Atlas Sets are “a collaborative conversation about musical map-making, contemplative practice, creative community, and artistic intention.”

Riverside Art Museum

January 2, 2014
7:00 – 8:30pm

Bach + Mantione: SSLLSS

Posted in Duos, Structure, Themes with tags , , on November 8, 2013 by glenncbach

Mantione: I’ve been playing with ideas for our RAM performance.  Writing a new patch that will double as a sample playback device and live input manipulator.  I think I’m going to use an electronic Aeolian harp I built for an installation some time ago. It has 12 strings and is made from Home Depot materials.  Completely untunable, but that’s okay.  Today I made a bowing structure from a cool tree branch I found.  Strung it up with a low E string, and will use that as one way to activate the harp.  So, I’ll divide my performance between live activation and manipulation of the harp and triggered samples.  Plan to record a ton of sounds (about 100) with contact mics to compile 4 banks of 25 which can be triggered with my little Korg KB.  Will also program some generative ideas in MAX.

I know we roughly discussed a 2 hour performance/installation.  Now I’m thinking that may be a bit long.  On the other hand, I’ve found that pushing the time frame just beyond the limit of comfort can yield unexpected and fortuitous events. How does 90 minutes sound to you?

It’s a square space and very reverberant with a high glass dome.  There are actually four balconies, one on each wall facing each other.  I’m thinking we could place speakers up there in stereo pairs facing each other on opposite sides and facing down.  This may require significant cabling regarding length.  I will bring my 8″ Mackies…do you have something comparable for the second pair? We could set-up on the ground floor in the center and run cable such that we would hear the other’s sound in the front and back and our own sound left and right.

This sounds perfect. I’m excited about the harp and sample alternation; seems like a fertile palette.

Following the Loud/Soft approach, I would love to take those initial recordings, overdrive them into feedback, and then parse them back out into the space as part of our performative conversation. A transmutation of quiet into loud and back into quiet.

I’m fine with long performances, and ninety minutes seems like enough time to investigate and explore the sounds as they are broadcast back into the space. That would also give us time to reflect on the space itself and the overall soundscape of that evening’s festivities. Did you hear back from Kathryn about an artist talk?

I will bring my M-Audio BX5 monitors, but I’ll have to invest in some longer cables. Yet another reason to visit the space soon and map out our intervention.

Glenn Bach and Steve Barsotti

Posted in Duos with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2013 by glenncbach

The next collaboration in the Atlas Sets series will be with composer, field recordist, and educator Steve Barsotti. Since Steve lives in Seattle, the first conversation will take place over a Skype connection, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.


Steve Barsotti in his element.

Glenn Bach and Jorge Martin

Posted in Duos with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2013 by glenncbach

Jorge Martin as part of SCSE at {open}.

The next installment of Atlas Sets will be with Jorge Martin, a mainstay of the Southern California noise/sound scene. Our conversation and recording session is scheduled for Sunday, August 18th in Mar Vista. UPDATE: my conversation with Jorge has been postponed because of technical and scheduling issues. Stay tuned…

Archive of Ear Meal set

Posted in Duos, Sessions with tags , , on July 8, 2013 by glenncbach
Bach + Nakagawa on Ear Meal

Glenn Bach and Alan Nakagawa performing live on Ear Meal.

Here is the archived set of the Ear Meal performance of Atlas Sets by Glenn Bach and Alan Nakagawa. With a combination of live electronics and field recordings, Bach and Nakagawa set up the foundation for future collaborations in this twenty-five minute exploration of purposed and accidental soundscapes.

Atlas Sets (Bach + Nakagawa) on Ear Meal webcast

Posted in Duos, Sessions with tags , , on June 30, 2013 by glenncbach


Glenn Bach and Alan Nakagawa will perform their Atlas Sets collaboration on the webcast Ear Meal, Wednesday, July 3, 9:30 PM.