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Glenn Bach and Jeffrey Roden and Steve Roden

Posted in Trios with tags , , , , , , , on May 16, 2012 by glenncbach

Steve Roden and Jeffrey Roden at Quiet.

The next installment of Atlas Sets will be with Jeffrey Roden and Steve Roden. Our discussion is set for Tuesday, May 29, in Pasadena.

I met Jeffrey and Steve at “Day of Attention,” a lowercase-themed concert organized by Josh Russell in 2003. I later had both of them on my radio show, Repeat After Me, on KUCI 88.9 FM Irvine, and then again at my house concert series, Quiet.  Steve would later serve on the graduate committee for my MFA in Drawing & Painting at CSULB in 2004. Other than the improv set for Quiet, this will be our first official collaboration as a trio.

I look forward to a lively discussion.

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.

Bach + Byrnes: Discussion 1

Posted in Duos, Resources, Themes with tags , on February 29, 2012 by glenncbach

Believe the hype: the egg sandwich at Euro Pane is delicious.

Ted and I met for lunch at Euro Pane in Pasadena on February 28, 2012. (The actual location was the third of the sites I charted on Street View.)


Ted Byrnes

We discussed our recent moves (Eagle Rock to Pasadena for Ted, Long Beach to Mar Vista for me), percussion, and ideas about improvisation and approach.


Chilly Pasadena sky

An edited transcript will follow. In the meantime, a couple of themes have developed:

* Density

* Trace/Stencil (a visual resource guides the improvisation, then is removed/erased, leaving the resulting sound events to stand on their own)

* Studio ambience


Pasadena ambience

Euro Pane

Posted in Duos, Maps, Themes with tags , on February 23, 2012 by glenncbach

What is actually here?

Ted picked Euro Pane for our lunch meeting on Tuesday, February 28. GoogleMaps reveals the above image to represent the Street View of the bakery’s address.  What I believe to be the actual location is several storefronts up Colorado Boulevard, on the other side of Mentor Avenue.  The gap between the two locations, the virtual suggestion and the actual site, reveals a lapse in the expected preciseness of contemporary mapping software, another example of digital doubt similar to our encounters with GPS devices that tell us to turn left when there is no left.


This is probably it…

This afternoon, in my lecture on Digital Audio, I was sharing with my students the perpetual gap between the infinitely continuous analog representation of a sound and the discrete, one-snapshot-at-a-time approximation of the digital sample of that analog waveform. How the fudging of a single amplitude’s location to the nearest available digital slot represents a compromise and a subsequent introduction of noise into the original signal. We identify a point in space and time, and we map it as best we can.

So, we begin with an imprecision, some noise added to the system.

The photograph at the top of this post was taken by a Google camera car in September 2011. Has a new business taken over the vacant furniture store or travel agency? (Did Euro Pane move, or open a new outlet, like Starbucks?) Certainly the cars parked on the street are no longer there. Trees have grown and have been trimmed. Cracks deepened in the sidewalk. Asphalt worn down beneath the weight of five months of vehicle traffic.

At what point do we abandon the map and make our own way? How far can we zoom in before we lose our bearings? What potential lies in the spaces lost to the periphery of our attention? What noise there, and how to hear it?