June 11, 2013
Banned Mixer 2
|Phantom Lake in flood, Bellevue, Washington, ca. 1972|
A mixer among mixers, consisting ultimately of sessions 6, 7, 8, and 9. Six and Nine were straight improvisation sessions, but recorded in different locations (Freeland and Bellevue, respectively). Seven was the mixdown of Telepath #1, and so itself consisted of two sessions made on the same day in two locations (Bellevue and Bickleton). Eight was the recording of a walk through a wetland in Bellevue, followed by a drive back to my parent's house, finishing with some noise making. The disparate locations and recording devices allow each strand in the mix to retain more clarity than might otherwise be expected.
June 13, 2013
Banned Rehearsal 38 - (June 1985, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer)
|Banned Rehearsal acts out, 1985|
Continuing our in-session working out of the distinctions and possible incompatibilities between the activities of tape making and improvisation recording, we attempted a solution by composing a framework within which the tape making is forefront but tightly composed, eliminating the social contract problem by re-writing it explicitly. There were three segments. The first, Hunting and Gathering, was a composition by Neal based loosely on Alvin Lucier's I Am Sitting In A Room. We each had a small battery powered tape recorder, and for the first few minutes we circulated quietly through my cottage recording. We then put each of these recordings, according to a schedule, into a stack of playback machines, put another blank tape in our recorder and repeated the process several times. At an arranged point in time, instead of putting a blank tape in the recording device, we put in a copy of a tape I had made by mixing Banned Telepath 2 Bellevue together 16 times (the vagaries of tape speeds in the mixing process produced a lovely flange-y stew). So, when these tapes were then placed into the playback stack they eventually folded multiple flange-y stews into the room. At this point, as the second segment, I sat down at the Wurlitzer Funmaker Sprite and played, over the top of the stews, a recent composition of mine, Trance Butchered Knight, since renamed Lacrymosa. As this wound down the others picked up ukuleles and began to pluck and vocalize. Eventually I joined them and the tape finished with this third segment, ever since called The Singing. The whole thing became known as Three Compositions No Breaks, and in that regard has a structural similarity to our more recent Chapel Event of 2008.
We were looking forward to our second public appearance soon, and this was our first run-through and proof of concept.
In Session at the Tintinabulary May 27, 2013
Banned Rehearsal 838 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Neal Meyer
Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 8:30 PM
Peterman, Your Mother Should Know, Pouch
Victory Lounge, 433 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle