I’ve wanted to do a podcast with a singer for a long time, but finding a vocalist comfortable with improvised soundscapes is not so easy. Ella turned out to be a great improvisor, who uses her voice in beautiful and unexpected ways, and i find the results of our collaboration sublimely serene. Be careful with this one, it can knock you right out.
This month’s podcast takes a look back at some of the past year’s live performances. I played with some great musicians in a variety of settings in 2017, and could probably fill several podcasts with those recordings. But here are four that represent the range of sonic experiences I had this year.
It starts with a solo performance at Beste Studios in October (thanks to Samantha Beste for the drawing at the top of this post!)
Then at 26:06 it’s a quartet performance with Al Margolis playing wind instruments, including alto clarinet, recorder and trumpet, Andy Rinehart on accordion, and Steve Roe on the Straddlevarious! This was recorded at a contact improvisation workshop in November.
This month’s podcast features experimental musician Al Margolis (if, bwana). Al attempts to use instruments as sound making devices, stripped as far as possible from their traditional sounds and modes of playing. The results are texturally rich, and sonically surprising.
I first met Al performing at My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, where he was assaulting a violin in a most appealing (appalling?) manner. He brought his violin, an alto clarinet and his laptop to our session. We did some improvising with both of us playing instruments, some improvisations with me playing guitar, and Al on laptop manipulating his “compromised impositions”, and also improvisations with Al playing his instruments as I processed them live through my effects. Needless to say this podcast is pretty different, but if you’re interested in exploring sound I think you’re gonna like it.
This month’s podcast features the modular synths of Okkoto. I met Okkoto at a synth meet put on by the Hudson Valley Machine Appreciation Society, where he performed a beautifully minimal set. I was very pleased that he was interested in recording a podcast, and our collaboration produced some deep, textured electronic soundscapes.
Here it is, the thirtieth Errant Space Podcast, The big Three-Oh! This one is a collaboration with Sonic Hudson, playing his suitcase of electronics and lap steel. Its nice and weird, sometimes leaning a bit more into the realm of noise than usual, and traversing some adventurous sonic terrain.
Our collaboration produced some super-spacy, soundscapes – they have a sci-fi flavor that I really like, and hopefully you will too (mmm… sci-fi….).
If you want to hear more from Campfire’s Edge, I highly recommend that you check out his EP, The Last Lighthouse. Its a beautifully textured collection of electronic compositions sure to please any fan of this podcast.
This month’s podcast features composer/keyboardist Art Labriola, who eschews his keyboards and performs on his modular synths. The resulting soundscapes are a sonic journey to some strange and fantastic places. Prepare your ears for adventure!
I play at a lot of art events, but this was the first time I’ve performed my site-specific soundscapes in a site-specific art installation. Jessica Angel: Grids of Formation was presented by Strongroom in the front parlor of a row house in Newburgh, NY.
This podcast was recorded at a performance during the closing reception of the show in January, 2017. It was an amazing experience playing in the installation, which was like being in a fissure between two alternate dimensions. A video and some photos are below. (Photos and video courtesy of Strongroom, except where noted.)