Live At Cafe Racer, Seattle WA // 3​​/​​1​​/​​17

by The Musical Tracing Ensemble

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Gypsy 04:30
Jump 04:03
Spider And I 04:07
Tequila 02:16
By Your Side 04:35


Recorded live at Cafe Racer in Seattle Washington on 3/1/17; As part of a lineup with Peg, Slashed Tires, and Iji. Performed and recorded on the Musical Tracing West Coast tour of 2017.

About the Musical Tracing project/process:

An ensemble of musicians is gathered in a performance space. Each musician has their own instrument, means of amplification (if needed), and pair of headphones. All musicians’ headphones are plugged into one outputting sound source (usually an iPod with many headphone splitters and headphone amps). Music (usually a well known song from the popular music canon) is played from the sound source and the musicians are instructed to play something, anything that they hear in their headphones as accurately as they can on their own instrument. The musicians never know what songs or sounds they will be hearing in advance. The audience only hears what the musicians are playing and none of the original sound source, thus creating a “tracing” of the sound source material.
There is no rehearsal, everything is live.


released February 2, 2019

Performed By:

Kenneth Piekarsky - Trumpet
Sheridan Riley - Drums
Zach Burba - Bass
Evan Easthop - Guitar
Will Murdoch - Clarinet
Tyler Martin - Synthesizer
Haley Freelund - Trombone
Jake Jones - Roto Toms
Neil Welch - Saxophone
Ceci Gomez - Synthesizer
Jacob Jaffe - Bass
Luke Bergman - Guitar
Starling Dorminey - Violin

Recorded on an iPod Touch.


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Conceived of and led by Aaron M. Olson

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