The next release on MPRNTBL, Live at OCMA by Mem1, is now online. As with most of Mem1’s performances, Aurelia is a structured improvisation based upon a series of instructions predetermined by the performers. This piece explores the extremes of the sonic spectrum, starting with sparse pizzicati and growing into thick, nebulous soundscapes. About halfway through, the piece begins thinning out, and the focus shifts to the use of bowed harmonics and subtle variations in timbre. As these sounds are manipulated, they become more textured and bubbly, with occasional disruptions, before finally settling into a weightless calm. Recorded live (premiere) at Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, CA, March 23, 2006.
MPRNTBL is a net label dedicated to quiet music, lowercase, free improvisation, field recordings, analog noise, and collaborative soundscapes. Forthcoming releases from Intense Situations of Peril, smgsap, and MPU.
Soundscapes at OCMA: Spastic Colon, smgsap, mem1. Thursday, March 23, 2006, doors at 6, show at 7:30pm, free admission, Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949.759.1122 (curated by Glenn Bach)
Soundscapes at OCMA: two evenings of events related to the show Landscape Confection at Orange County Museum of Art: sound performances by Spastic Colon, smgsap, and mem1, 23 March 2006; and poetry readings by Jane Sprague, Jen Hofer, and Glenn Bach, 30 March 2006.