Archive for the Sessions 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

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.

Bach+Byrnes: Session 1

Posted in Duos, Sessions with tags , on March 17, 2012 by glenncbach

Byrnes in contemplation

The first recording session for Atlas Sets went off with a bang! I set up shop in Ted’s Pasadena studio, and we worked through four sets (the second set was interrupted before completion), the first of which featured a hybrid performance where I attempted live Foley to a montage of clips from filmmaker Jacques Tati. The remaining three sets were straight-up improv.

I’m working on the recordings, and I’ll post an excerpt or two to Soundcloud. In the meantime, here are the preliminary session notes:

Atlas Sets: Bach+Byrnes
Glenn Bach: percussion, electronics
Ted Byrnes: percussion

Recorded live to four-channel Zoom H2, Friday, March 16, 2012, Pasadena, California.

Bach + Byrnes: session 1 scheduled

Posted in Duos, Sessions with tags , on March 3, 2012 by glenncbach

Ted and I have scheduled our first recording session on March 16, 2012, 3 PM, at his studio in Pasadena. The session will consist of at least two segments, the first of which will involve me performing a live soundtrack to a silent film with Ted improvising to my sounds without seeing the film. The second, and possibly third segments will be more open-ended improvisations.

Stay tuned.