Archived Video of SCSE on Ear Meal

Click on the microphone for archived video of the performance.

Southern California Soundscape Ensemble performed a 30-minute improvised set of field recordings on the webcast series Ear Meal. The video of the performance can be found here.

SCSE outside in the downtown L.A. night.
SCSE outside in the downtown L.A. night.

We had to abandon our plans to set up shop inside the “Downtown Artist Studio” in downtown L.A., spreading out instead in the back patio between buildings. While not as picturesque as we had hoped, we made the best of it and delivered a performance that lasted exactly 30 minutes (the length of the webcast).

Marco and Michael.
Marco and Michael.

Participants this time included Glenn Bach, shea M gauer, Jorge Martin, Alan Nakagawa, Michael Raco-Rands, and Marco Schindelmann.

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Alan in the “green room.”

Thanks to Alan for hosting Ear Meal and to Mark Walsh of LA Artstream for the opportunity.

Shea + potted plant.
Shea + potted plant.
Jorge + gear.
Jorge + gear.

More images can be found on the SCSE Flickr page.

SCSE at Soundwalk 2011

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Alan Nakagawa and SCSE fans.

SCSE performed two sets at Fingerprints as part of Soundwalk 2011 in Long Beach, California. The new(ish) venue for Fingerprints is a beautiful building shared with Berlin, the downtown coffeehouse run by Portfolio owner Kerstin Kansteiner.

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Michael Raco-Rands and Marco Schindelmann.

We set up on and around the stage in the back of the store, with Alan, Jorge, Michael, Marco and myself for a subdued 6 PM set. Informed by the staff that our sounds were barely heard beyond the stage area, we “cranked it up” for the 8 PM set, this time joined by Shea and his portable, wearable PA. “Cranked” is a relative term, as our set hovered at the quieter end of the spectrum.

Stay tuned for info about the recordings from this event.

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Jorge Martin in the (floor) zone.

SCSE at Soundwalk 2011

SCSE will perform two sets(6 and 8 PM) at Soundwalk 2011, October 1, 2011, Fingerprints, 420 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA. Using unprocessed field recordings gathered from various Southern California sites, SCSE will create entirely improvised soundscapes from a library of audio recordings of past Soundwalk events along with recordings captured throughout the village on the night of Soundwalk 2011. The result will be an immersive sonic portrait of Soundwalk and the East Village, past and present.

Participants will be spread out throughout the performance area with low to moderate volume levels, so that attendees will experience each node of sound at different stages of audition. Each passerby will thus experience a unique and unpredictable mix from an elastic palette of sonic information.

Scheduled to perform: Glenn Bach, j.frede, shea M gauer, Jorge Martin, Alan Nakagawa, Joseph Richard Negro, Jasmine Orpilla, Albert Ortega, scott A peterson, Michael Raco-Rands, and Marco Schindelmann.

SCSE for World Listening Day Report

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Great shot of the shop.

Well, we were a few days past the official World Listening Day, but we paid honor to our collective soundscape with another delicate and sparse set of field recordings on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at {open}.

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Alan Nakagawa was here.

We had a small group this time: Glenn Bach, shea M gauer, Alan Nakagawa, Michael Raco-Rands (+Marco Schindelmann via remote link).

I recorded the set, which will be the last set on the forthcoming MPRNTBL release, “Live at {open}.”

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Bach in file management mode (finger is NOT in the mouth).

SCSE at Soundwalk 2011

Southern California Soundscape Ensemble will perform an improvised five-hour soundscape concert at Soundwalk 2011, October 1, in downtown Long Beach. Our ideal location is the Art Park at Elm & Broadway, although we will find out our actual site assignment after the Meet & Greet on August 14. Following is the text of the proposal sent during the submission process:

“The Soundscape of Soundwalk”

Southern California Soundscape Ensemble will perform a five-hour continuous improvisation of unprocessed field recordings gathered from various Southern California sites, with a particular focus on the sounds of Soundwalk.  We will dip into a library of audio recordings of past Soundwalk events along with recordings captured throughout the village on the night of Soundwalk 2011.  The result will be an immersive sonic portrait of Soundwalk and the East Village, past and present.

Volumes will be low to moderate, and individual ensemble musicians will come and go throughout the evening.  As attendees make their way through the park, they will pass each node of sound at different stages of audition. Each passerby will thus experience a unique and unpredictable mix from an elastic palette of sonic information.