Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Recording: Jason Doell + Ted Phillips

Artist: Jason Doell + Ted Phillips

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at Dundas Video ("Track Could Bend #13"), April 5, 2016.

Jason Doell + Ted Phillips - [edited excerpt]

To my great surprise and delight, Track Could Bend has survived and thrived for a full year. To celebrate, I invited everyone who played the series' first twelve months (more than seventy people!) back for a birthday party. In the end, the night consisted of twenty-seven musicians collaborating over eight short sets, most of which were spontaneous "bands from a hat", drawn by lot before the set started. Given the wide range of musical practices and backgrounds, it was quite exciting to see how much coherence and excellence resulted.

The night started with a non-hat set and, in fact, the only grouping that I had "curated" on the night. Ted Phillips (who had performed as part of Rub Out The Word at TCB#9) had brought up the idea of using recordings from the first year of TCB as source material for his cataRT granular synthesis, so I suggested that Jason Doell (part of Nidus at TCB#2) might be an ideal sparring partner if he brought along his customized "plunderphonics" PD patch. The resulting collaboration had tiny reconfigured sound-fragments that hovered just past the limit of recognizability — improvised music rising out of its own ashes into something new.

[The next Track Could Bend will be at Dundas Video on Tuesday, May 3rd, featuring Kosher Dill Spears, Terms Of Venery (Mike Smith, solo electronics) and Glamour Nails (Lina Allemano + Justin Haynes).]

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