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Musical Tracing Ensemble / Bootleg Theater 1​/​19​/​17

by Aaron M Olson

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Spider And I 03:50


Recorded live at The Bootleg Theater on 1/19/17; opening act for Stephen Steinbrink, Tara Jane O'Neil and Friends, and Dear Nora.

About the Musical Tracing project/process:
Using splitters and headphone amps, an iPod was hooked up to a bunch of headphones worn by the performing musicians. All of the musicians heard the same music as each other in their headphones and tried to recreate what they were hearing to the best of their abilities on their own instruments. The audience then only heard what the musicians were playing, and none of the original sound source -- thusly tracing the music. The track list (a selection of familiar pop songs) was not known to the musicians ahead of time and there was no rehearsal.

This performance was conceived of and put together by Aaron M Olson.


released January 21, 2017

Performed by:

Ryan Adlaf - Guitar
Alex Edgeworth - guitar
Jessica Espeleta - Electric Bass
Corey Fogel - Wrenches/Percussion
Pauline Lay - Violin
Thom Lucero - Electric Guitar
Tara Milch - Flute
John Nixon - Drums
Matt Orenstein - Double Bass
Jake Rosenzweig - Double Bass
Aram Stith - Electric Guitar
Miles Wintner - Electric Guitar
Walt McClements - Accordion
Sam Farzin - Synthesizer
JT Schweitzer - Tenor Saxophone
Danny Echevarria - Violin
Mose Wintner - Synthesizer
Gabe Saucedo - Tenor Saxophone
Zach Burba - Alto Saxophone

Recorded on an ipod Touch from the audience


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Aaron M Olson Los Angeles, California

Aaron M Olson is a Los Angeles based composer. His recording projects include L.A. Takedown, The Musical Tracing Ensemble, Mountain Brews, Aaron M Olson, and other things. He performs live in these and many other groups including, but not limited to Richard Pictures, "L.A.'s most grateful Dead cover band" ... more

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