Live In Chicago

by The Musical Tracing Ensemble

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Recorded live at Co-Prosperity Sphere Chicago, Illinois on June 14, 2019 as part of a concert alongside Brokeback, Axis: Sova and Bitchin Bajas.

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 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 June 19, 2019

Performed by The Musical Tracing Ensemble:

Whitney Johnson - Viola
Josh Berman - Cornet
Sam Wagster - Pedal Steel
John Nixon - Electric Bass
Sima Cunningham - Melodica
Archer Prewitt - Electric Guitar
Jim Dorling - Bass Clarinet
Mose Wintner - Drums
Nick Broste - Trombone
John Huber - Acoustic Guitar
Macie Stewart - Violin
Azita Youssefi - Piano

Conceived of and led by Aaron M. Olson

Recorded on an iPhone


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The Musical Tracing Ensemble Los Angeles, California

"They didn't know what they were about to play, and then they played it."

Conceived of and led by Aaron M. Olson

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