An Overture in Seven Parts

March 24th, 2015

overture_diptych

I am orchestrating a collaborative sound project between myself and six other artists that will take place during Northern Spark on 6/13/15 starting at 9pm. The lineup includes myself (David Andree), Josh Mason, Jonathan Kaiser, Nathan McLaughlin, John Marks, Casey Deming, and Ryan Potts (Aquarelle).

An Overture in Seven Parts is a long-form continuous sound composition that will be created in real time by a collective of seven different artists recording layered accompaniment onto the same pair of asynchronous tape loops. In a secondary room, there will be a multi-channel sound installation playing back an evolving combination of recorded samples that will be captured at regular intervals throughout the performance. Viewers will be able to move between the two rooms to either experience the larger composition unfolding in real time or walk around and in between the preserved previous moments of the sound piece.

The primary composition will rise out of the surrounding landscape by weaving atmospheres out of superimposed locally gathered field recordings which will then be manipulated and built on with various instrumentation. As the evolving composition is handed-off to the each subsequent artist, they will respond with their own additions and approach. This will both renew the soundscape and simultaneously degrade the sounds previously committed to the decaying tape loops that are continuously being worn away. The composition will close by reweaving the samples taken from all the artists throughout the performance into further iterations and new configurations.

Time: Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 9pm-5:26am
Location: Minneapolis College of Art + Design, 2501 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Schedule:
9pm Part 1, David Andree – Acoustic guitar, violin, objects, location recordings, electronics, tape loops
10pm Part 2, Josh Mason – Music box, electronics, cassette tapes, found objects, amplified surfaces
11pm Part 3, Jonathan Kaiser – Cello
12pm Part 4, Nathan McLaughlin – Guitar, electronics
1am Part 5, John Marks – Modular Synthesizer, tape
2am Part 6, Casey Deming – Tape
3am Part 7, Ryan Potts (Aquarelle) – Feedback, sine waves, guitar, electronics
4am A Revisiting / A Location of New Forms, David Andree – recordings recalling the previous seven parts, electronics, modified tape machines.

Links to participating artists:

David Andree
davidandree.com
twitter.com/davidandree

Josh Mason
https://facebook.com/josh.mason.music
twitter.com/josh__mason
instagram.com/josh__mason

Jonathan Kaiser
jonathankaiser.com
twitter.com/otherkaiser

Nathan McLaughlin
http://www.nathanmclaughlin.info
http://www.twitter.com/loudandsad

John Marks
alexvada.com
https://vimeo.com/user1101597

Casey Deming
http://insidesmusic.com/squidfist/
https://instagram.com/caseydeming

Ryan Potts (Aquarelle)
aquarelle-music.tumblr.com
twitter.com/aquarellemusic
aquarellemusic.bandcamp.com

loop loom

February 17th, 2015

loop loom 02

loop loom 01

tape loop guides

February 16th, 2015

tape loop guides

modified my tape loop guides to include nylon bearings, which allow for weaving a loop back and forth, to enable longer loop lengths in a more compact space.

12/16 performance (with todd harper)

December 14th, 2014

reel to reel + keys

i’ll be performing a duet with todd harper for piano and tape machines at studio z on 12/16 at 7pm as part of the new ruckus composer series. a short discussion with the audience will follow the performance.

the performed composition will be continuing a musical conversation between artists david andree and todd harper that began as an improvised session at the black dog in august.

piano is fed into an ecosystem of tape machines that consume, layer, recycle and otherwise transform the instrument into new sonic atmospheres in real-time. shifting melodies and rhythmic structures emerge out of loops of magnetic tape and live piano which are either cultivated or contradicted.

the 12/16 performance will be a further iteration of the composition ‘brambles at night’ building from components of the previous generation, while adding new accompanyment and seeking further metamorphosis.

david andree – modified tape machines, electronics, tape loops
todd harper – piano

12/16/2014, 7pm

Studio Z
275 East Fourth St. Suite 200
St. Paul, MN

(651) 755-1600

land harps (artist talk)

November 6th, 2014

landharps_instruments

I will be giving an artist talk about my recent project Land Harps on Thursday, November 13th at 7pm. I would like to invite you to attend if you are interested in hearing more about the project and its process. It would be good timing as well since the Rochester Art Center is free on Thursdays. The exhibition is on view now through December 7th, 2014.

The Land Harps project revolves around sculptures that enable the landscape to create sound compositions. Originating from pictorial ideas cultivated in drawings and paintings, the project has always been simultaneously thought of as an installation as well as an instrument. Secured to a sturdy form in the landscape, the walnut body of the instrument is outfitted with tuning machines and an internal piezo contact microphone. Piano wire is strung from the body of the instrument and secured to the bottom of a creek bed where the current of the water vibrates the strings at different pitches depending on the line tension, speed of the water and if anything happens to come in contact with the wires. As recordings progress, the current of the creek gradually alters the tuning of the instrument, producing subtle variations in tone and results in an overall composition. The resulting work is a contemplation within the constant flux of landscape, a study of its pacing and intervals.

Opening reception: Friday, October 17 | 7 – 9 pm
Artist talk: Thursday, November 13 | 7 pm

Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 282-8629
info@rochesterartcenter.org

http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/exhibition/david-andree/

land harps (exhibition)

October 10th, 2014

landharps

You are cordially invited to the exhibition of my recent project – Land Harps. The exhibition at the Rochester Art Center will be on view from October 17 – December 7th, 2014.

The Land Harps project revolves around sculptures that enable the landscape to create sound compositions. Originating from pictorial ideas cultivated in drawings and paintings, the project has always been simultaneously thought of as an installation as well as an instrument. Secured to a sturdy form in the landscape, the walnut body of the instrument is outfitted with tuning machines and an internal piezo contact microphone. Piano wire is strung from the body of the instrument and secured to the bottom of a creek bed where the current of the water vibrates the strings at different pitches depending on the line tension, speed of the water and if anything happens to come in contact with the wires. As recordings progress, the current of the creek gradually alters the tuning of the instrument, producing subtle variations in tone and results in an overall composition. The resulting work is a contemplation within the constant flux of landscape, a study of its pacing and intervals.

Opening reception: Friday, October 17 | 7 – 9 pm
Artist talk: Thursday, November 13 | 7 pm

Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 282-8629
info@rochesterartcenter.org

http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/exhibition/david-andree/

8/22 performance (with todd harper)

August 20th, 2014

piano

i’ll be performing at the black dog on 8/22 from 5:30-7:30pm collaborating with pianist and composer todd harper. we will be improvising together using the piano as source to feed my modified tape machines to layer and manipulate the instrument.

308 E Prince St, St Paul, MN

mia drawing project, 7/31

July 7th, 2014

mia

i will be orchestrating a collaborative drawing project at the minneapolis institute of art on 7/31 from 6-9pm. you are invited to participate, as the event is open to the public as part of their “the artist is in” series.

During the event, participants will be encouraged to explore various approaches to perceptually-based drawing, ranging from gesturally-based strategies, experimental mark-making, and other various approaches to the materials. Drawings will be made on semi-transparent media which will enable participants to layer their drawings with other visitor’s explorations. As drawings accumulate from the evening, the works will then be superimposed to create new compositional structures. Images of the resulting layered drawings will be posted online throughout the evening.

http://new.artsmia.org/event/david-andree-ǀ-the-artist-is-in/

http://artsmia.org/

composer night, performance 4/17

June 16th, 2014

new-ruckus-composer-night

i’ll be performing a short composition for acoustic guitar and modified tape machines as part of the new ruckus, composer night at studio z on 4/17 at 7pm.

Featuring the music of:
Catherine Dalton
David Andree
Todd Harper

Studio Z
275 E 4th Street, St. Paul

performance at heliotrope x, 4/7

May 28th, 2014

heliotropex

i’ll be performing improvised experimental sound works between sets on saturday 4/7 at the heliotrope festival. full information on the festival at http://heliotrope-festival.com/