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Musical Tracing Ensemble // The Fixin' To, Portland, OR // 2​/​27​/​17

by Aaron M Olson

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La Bamba 02:07
Knee Play 5 05:29
Sleep Walk 02:37
Day-O 03:38


Recorded live at The Fixin' To, Portland, Oregon on 2/27/17; As part of a lineup with Coordination and Weird Cactus.

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 10, 2017

Performed by:

Greg Campanile - Drums
Katy Davidson - Vocals on Time After Time
Dan Adlaf - Flugelhorn
Nick Reddel - Viola
Cynthia Nelson - Guitar
Eddie Bond - Synthesizer
Brian Mumford - Guitar
Kinsey Van Ost - Guitar
Chris Miller - Synthesizer
Mike Sherk - Bass

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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