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Musical Tracing Ensemble // Cafe Racer, Seattle WA // 3​/​1​/​17

by Aaron M Olson

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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.

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 by Aaron M Olson.


released March 14, 2017

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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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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