11 Far West by owenchapman published on 2011/10/29 01:05:07 +0000 This piece is a bit of a different trip from the rest. It was recorded live to analog tape at the mighty Hotel2tango recording studio in Montreal. It is a sample from a series of 20 min improvisations that myself and a group of featured artists prepared in the studio on June 28th and 29th, 2008. The reason for being in the studio was mostly to record improvised pieces on the Ondes Martenot by the renown Montreal player of the early electronic instrument, Suzanne Binet-Audet. We recorded some solo works, but also some pieces with a bunch of folks playing off each other. No rehearsals were involved, and indeed the instrumentalists didn't know each other so well. But were sure had a terrific time, with some breathtaking musical moments. Don't know what the Ondes Martenot is or what it sounds like? Then check out the following article written by yours truly last year: [http://wi article by myself]. This article, and indeed the whole special issue of Wi in which it was published, is part of a wider initiative I have recently started - attempting to raise awareness around the historical and contemporary significance of the Ondes. There's not much published there yet, but eventually http://collectingdust.org will be the official website for this project, with lots of original, downloadable music available. So check it out soon…. Instrumentalists: Ondes Martenot: Suzanne Binet-Audet Guitar: David Madden Laptop (live sampling and other effects): Kareya Binet-Audet Ice-xylophone: Owen Chapman Recording Engineer: Howard Bilerman What is the ice-xylophone? It's an instrument/installation/performance project I also started in 2008. Check out http://icebreaker.opositive.ca for more information along with some sound and video files.