LA Electroacoustic Ensemble

Los Angeles Electroacoustic Ensemble (LAEE)


On-site Event June 4th

displaced is a concert of premieres of new works exploring the technical and socio-relational elements of telematic performance. At the beginning of the pandemic, musicians were forced online for telematic collaboration and performance (music performed live and simultaneously across geographic location via the internet). Due to the inherent delay involved, music that is rhythmically synchronized is difficult, leading many playing more traditional music to deem telematics to be purely academic, or useless for their own practices. However, thanks to the heavily improvisatory nature of our work, we now make extensive use of telematics for rehearsals and performances. Now that rehearsing in person again feels safe and appropriate, our ensemble finds itself reaching for telematic tools again, as one of our members has left Southern California. With just one member “phoning in”, we have discovered multimodal relationships in our rehearsal process, occasionally utilizing our distanced member as soloist, or tech support, or allowing him the option to oscillate between a number of roles. We’ve also explored alternative modes of telematics beyond the more conventional, such as phone calls, using lofi skype audio, and voip services. While our work does interface with musical traditions, due to the electroacoustic sound sources, and highly improvisatory nature of our compositional practice, I have a hard time clearly classifying it as “Music”.

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The LA Electroacoustic Ensemble (LAEE) is an electronic chamber music quartet formed in 2018. The group is comprised of composer-performers Marcus Carline, Glen Gray, Zaq Kenefick, and Cristina Lord, who are all graduates from southern California composition programs with varying backgrounds in free improvisation, early music, and jazz. The ensemble was formed to pursue common goals of establishing standards for the composition and performance of electronic chamber music. The ensemble uses laptops, hardware synthesizers, and various electronic tools to explore musical techniques such as signal processing, digital synthesis, and sampling.

Artist Location: Long Beach, CA  / Boston, MA

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