Glenn Bach is a poet, composer, and educator. His major project, Atlas, serves as an infrastructure for place-based investigations and projects. He directs the ensemble Southern California Soundscape Ensemble and records under the name Mminor. He lives in Monrovia, California with his wife, Sharon Robinson.
Southern California Soundscape Ensemble performed two sets as part of Flow | Obstruction, an exhibition curated by Carolyn Schutten at The Collaborative, 421 W. Broadway, Long Beach, 21 July 2018. Participating members: Glenn Bach, Jorge Martin, Marco Schindelmann, and Angela Willcocks.
SCSE will perform two sets at soundpedro, 5 PM and 9:30 PM, 3 June 2017, Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Participants slated to appear: Glenn Bach, Katie Gately, Phil Mantione, Jorge Martin, Alan Nakagawa, Joseph Richard Negro, Jasmine Orpilla, Michael Raco-Rands, and Marco Schindelmann.
SCSE performed two sets for the PUMP press party, WE Labs at the historic Packard Building, 205 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, 1 October 2016. Participants included Glenn Bach, Phil Mantione, Jorge Martin, Alan Nakagawa, Joseph Richard Negro, and Marco Schindelmann.
SCSE will perform a concert at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook as part of sound., an annual concert series sponsored by SASSAS, 5 October 2014. Time TBD. A Kickstarter campaign has been announced to match a Culver City Performing Arts grant. Participants will perform with sounds collected from the site.
Southern California Soundscape Ensemble (SCSE) will perform a concert at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook as part of a summer concert series sponsored by SASSAS, September or October 2014. More details TBA.
Southern California Sound Ecology presents The Urban Soundscape Revealed: Listening to the City, a workshop/salon on Acoustic Ecology and mindful listening, followed by a live, improvised performance by the Southern California Soundscape Ensemble.
Saturday, October 20, 8 PM Expo Arts Center, Back Room Theater
4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807
The soundscape is the collection of natural and human-based sounds that we experience in our environment as we go about our daily routines. Because we all contribute to the soundscape, we are all invested in its character and quality. The soundscape can even be considered a musical experience if we simply pay careful attention to what we are hearing. By noticing sounds that we typically think of as unremarkable, we learn to identify their sources as well as their unique acoustic characteristics. The act of listening opens us up to the sonic world around us, and, with enough practice, we realize that every sound is worth noticing and that the soundscape offers a unique and ever-changing opportunity to become more connected to the world around us.
In this workshop we will talk about the soundscape, share some of our favorite urban sounds, and learn easy-to-use tools to more closely listen to the soundscape. We’ll close with an intimate, improvised performance from the Southern California Soundscape Ensemble, a group dedicated to the enhanced understanding of the soundscape through the use of (mostly) unaltered field recordings gathered from various sites around the world.