I failed to post this here a few months ago, but here is a very short film I made with my Thad Curious partner, Ryan Epp:
So this week I've become a little bit obsessed with playing a 140 year-old banjo through my 3 year-old computer. I'm working to develop an electroacoustic improvising platform that I can apply more broadly. It's still in its formative stages, but I'm pretty excited about it.
While I don't actually play banjo, exactly, I'm finding that using it in my explorations of developing a computer instrument is really useful. I plan to eventually use this interface for performing on bass, but removing that element and all of my precepts that go along with it have freed me to be more open to experimentation.
Also, the banjo is smaller, which is nice sometimes.
Dietrich Gosser has released his new 7 inch, Somewhere in the Night/When Morning Comes this week! We recorded these tracks last summer in his house, and it was a great time. I'm really proud to be a part of these songs. This also marks my first recorded work being pressed on vinyl, which is exciting for me.
Check out these songs on Bandcamp. (Listen for the distorted bass noise 'guitar solo' on When Morning Comes!)
Sympathy Swimmers has a couple of performances lined up in March! I'm looking forward to performing with this group again.
Eric Sheffield; guitar, electronics
Anna Weisling; live video
Jeff Herriott; electronics
Ben Willis; bass
March 16th, 2012: Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, MI, 8:00p
March 17th, 2012: UM Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI, EMM Festival
Here's Anna, Eric, and me performing our piece, exit crafting:
I send emails occasionally about upcoming performances. They're very cordial.
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