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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…


5×5 (score by Ted Byrnes and Ari DeSano)

Posted in Duos, Scores with tags , on February 18, 2012 by glenncbach

x 5
x 5

10 mins
-soft textures, start with some long tones
-becoming more aggressive over the course
-staccato ‘stabs’
-theme begins to develop, hinted towards

10 mins
-theme fully realized, played out and through, thoroughly composed
-improv begins, as a branch grown from the theme
-solo accordion with electronic accompaniment at end of section

10 mins
-low percussion joins accordion – mainly floor placed cymbals, etc. ‘aggressively pastoral’
-evolves into more aggressive percussion
-percussion solo at end of section (with staccato electronic accompaniment – so, read percussion with accompaniment)

10 mins
-everyone begins section together
-completely free and open improv – multiple feels – staccato, density, lack of density – all explored

10 mins
-THEME played joyously and rambunctiously!!!
-in repetition, textural improvisation throughout
-disintegrating in on itself to a forgone conclusion

CM18 (Graphic)

Posted in Duos, Scores, Themes with tags , , on February 18, 2012 by glenncbach

score by Christopher May, A Scratch Orchestra: Draft Constitution

The score Ted and I used for our 5 minute performance as part of Scratch Orchestra: Pilgrimage from Scattered Points. The notes for the score:

Coloured lines in four colours zigzag along in apparently random fashion like erratic markings on a temperature chart. Sometimes three are interwoven, sometimes two. They proceed from left to right through five systems. Sometimes a line abruptly changes colour. The following is a description of the sequence of events: Top system, line 1: green to yellow to red. 2: blue. 3: (starts two thirds along) green. Second system, 1: red. 2: blue to yellow. 3: green. third system, 1: red (ends halfway along). 2: yellow. 3: green. Fourth system, 1: (starts after an inch or so) blue. 2: yellow 3: green to red. Bottom system, 1: blue (ends a couple of inches before the end of the system). 2: (starts halfway along) green. 3: red.

Obviously we were working from a photocopy of the score as it appeared in the book, and so all color information was lost. What happens when you approach a structure with only some of the information? At what point does the score disappear and pure improvisation take over? Was the score merely a node of data to inform the context of the performance?

Glenn Bach and Ted Byrnes

Posted in Duos with tags , , on February 18, 2012 by glenncbach

Ted Byrnes as part of Sound. at Fiesta Hall, Pilgrimage from Scattered Points.

The first set in Atlas Sets has been scheduled: Tuesday, February 28, with Ted Byrnes in Pasadena. I met Ted in Eagle Rock at the rehearsal for the Scratch Orchestra event sponsored by SASSAS. After pairing up for one of the small scores, we noticed an instant musical connection. The event itself was very successful and a lot of fun. Ted later invited me and Steuart Liebig to join him and Ari DeSano in the performance of their score, “5×5,” for another SASSAS-sponsored event at Kings Road Park Pavilion in West Hollywood.

Ted and I have been planning a duo jam ever since, and now our planning takes on extra layers of context as part of Atlas Sets.

More info, and documentation, to follow.