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The Musical Tracing Ensemble Presents Swingtown & Other Classics Live at Artemisia

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Apache 02:53
Swingtown 03:59


Performed live at Artemisia Plant Nursery on April 22, 2018.

About the Musical Tracing Ensemble:

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 1, 2019

Performed by the Musical Tracing Ensemble:

Simon Friedlander - Saxophone
Patrick Shiroishi - Saxophone
Richard Houghten - Guitar
Davin Givhan - Guitar
Ryan Weinstein - Guitar
Emily Lacy - Vocals
Thom Lucero - Synthesizer
Michael Stein - Synthesizer
Aisling Cormack - Violin
Nicole Calhoun - Cello
Mose Wintner - Drums
Matt Popieluch - Banjo
Arlo Klahr - Mandolin
Luke Top - Bass
Aram Stith - Bass

Recorded on a Hedgehog by Richard Houghten.


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The Musical Tracing Ensemble Los Angeles, California

Conceived of and led by Aaron M Fernandez Olson

Every recorded live MTE show is archived on this page.

The MTE studio album, "They Didn't Know What They Were About To Play,"
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