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Sep 262010

Tonight’s podcast is one from the WRVU vaults: Parasites, an ambitious episode starring a whopping eight participants. Four played their instruments and four leeched off of these instruments and manipulated them. Each maker was paired with a manipulator. Acoustic guitarist and clarinet player Charlie Rauh got pirated by laptop-armed Lawrence Crow. Anthony William Herndon played his modified keyboard while John Marshall leached his signal with rack mounted effects. Jamison Sevitts’s trumpet was manipulated by Pete from CIA and his nest of pedals. Brey Mcoy played various wind instruments while Chris Murray hacked in with his sampling pad.  I did the live mixing and mastering. You’ll hear this episode in its glorious full length. I didn’t have time to cut it down because I’ve been busy planning the 1st Annual Circuit Benders Ball and Theatre Intangible Halloweird October.

What’s Halloweird October you ask? For the entire month of October, we’re bringing you five special Halloween podcasts, including a new horror movie soundtrack, the Halloween Extravagana volume 1 from 2008, and the all new Halloween Extravaganza Volume 3. The fun starts next week. To prepare yourself, be sure and check out the previously broadcast Halloween Extravaganza Volume 2 and the Dracula Improv.

If you like the show, tell a friend and leave us feedback on iTunes. And now, Parasites.

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Jun 202010

“French soldier in World War I preparing his correspondence ” (Soissons. Aisne. France. 1917). Courtesy of http://www.worldwaronecolorphotos.com

For podcast 24, we bring you Writing Home, a solo set I performed live in front of an audience at Scarritt Bennett Center Gallery F in Nashville on May 29th, 2010.  My set was part of an art installation called Writing Home, featuring hand-written responses to the prompt, “Write a letter home.”  (Find out more at our previous post here.)

For my set, I continued experimenting with my Scoop & Loop project (see podcast #8 Pit of Roar).  I recorded samples of the other musicians playing that night, sounds of nature, and short interviews with audience members answering the question, “What do you miss about home?”  The result is a pretty decent start to a live project I want to continue perfecting.  For the next iteration, I’d like to break up repetitive word samples by adding in pauses, take unmusical phrases and build melodies out of them, and make things generally flow better.

I did the live mixing and editing.  Writing Home features recorded samples of Gallery F. curator Sabine Schlunk, Maya Moore, Charlie Rauh, Ezzy Harrold, The Human Snowglobe JJ Jones, Brandon Donahue, Mike Hiegemann, Matt Christy, and Robert G. White Esq.  Thanks to Sabine Schlunk for inviting me to play, to the other performers, and to the very patient audience.

Before the show, hear a never-before-re-aired Theatre Intangible promo made during the WRVU-era improv Blind Strings, an episode made entirely with de-tuned string instruments.  Look for the full episode in the near future.

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May 022010

“We pressed our diving faces into fields of dead, hot grass. . . An empire left in ruins.” — Arclyte — The Rest

Craighead and Bransford, Nashville, 1:30pm, May 2nd, 2010

Louise Street near Wedgewood, Nashville, 1:35pm, May 2nd, 2010

The last two days have been hairy.  I took the above pictures a few blocks from my house.  Check out this video I took on my iPhone.  The basement where we record all the new Theatre Intangible improvs is currently lined with a few inches of water in one corner.  Luckily, not much is damaged.  But that’s more than I can say for other parts of the city, which are literally destroyed.

Quote of the showcase:

“Theatre Intangible is an avant-garde/experimental show.  A lot of people may say that [Arclyte] doesn’t fit that label.” – Tony Youngblood, host.

“Those people can kiss our asses.”  Charlie Rauh, guitarist, Arclyte.

In brighter news, I’ve finally finished editing the Arclyte artist show (Theatre Intangible Podcast 18) contained herein for your listening pleasure.  I have often mentioned that Arclyte is my favorite local band.  The sparse baroque sounds of Arclyte members Chris Rauh, Charlie Rauh, and Craig Schenker go well with upturned cars and uprooted trees.

Arclyte is a Nashville/DC minimalist rock band reminiscent of Emily Haines and Low.  The Theatre Intangible session is the last Arclyte show for the foreseeable future.  Singer and bassist Chris moved to Washington DC the day after we recorded this.

Discussed in this episode: Cultural Reflex Dance, Anthony Braxton, Hildegard Von Bingham, Mary Halvorson, John Butcher, Sigfried Sasoon, Wilfried Owen, Robert Graves, Rupert Brooke, Emily Haines, Lady GaGa, Portishead, Denali

Click the download link below for the entire podcast, including the interviews.  Or, simply subscribe in iTunes.  If you want the music without the interview, you can download the songs here in 320 kpbs, embedded in a zip file, including an improv piece not available in the podcast.  Enjoy.

Mar 282010

On October 18th, 2009, seven of us got together and created a new soundtrack to the 1931 film Dracula, directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Legosi.  This is one of my favorite episodes to date.  The orchestration is extremely lush, and the performers were especially good at knowing when and what to play.

Before the show, we paired a performer with a character in the film and had that performer come up with a character theme.  Ken Soper on keyboard provided the theme for Dracula, for example.  Things really started to get interesting when the characters interacted with each other, and the performers had to find ways to mix the themes together.  Aside from coming up with some themes in advance, the show was completely improvised.

You can listen to this episode in sync with the film (and I’ll tell you how in the podcast intro) or you can just listen without the visuals.  If you can get a copy of the film (and the version we use is the 2004 Universal Legacy collection dvd) I highly recommend you use it.  But if you can’t get the film, don’t let that stop you from listening to the show on it’s own.  The improv still works great by itself.

Dracula Improv features Ken Soper on keys and Theremin; Jamison Sevits on Fender Rhodes; Craig Schenker on saxophone and flute; Charlie Rauh on electric guitar; Cody Bottoms on percussion; Melody Holt on musical saw, autoharp, and Theremin; and myself on a circuit-bent Cool Keys keyboard, musical saw, autoharp, and wind chimes. We had a small audience that also participate by making screams, etc.  They were Mara Bissel, Amanda Tucker, Pimpdaddysupreme, and Deklan.  I did the live mixing and post-production.  Enjoy.