MegaThought (2008 – 2012) MegaThought is mainly Clay Chaplin, and Aaron Drake but sometimes includes Lewis Keller, and Phil Stearns depending on when they are in Los Angeles. We make live improvised skronk music together using a combination of sound making sources including laptops, percussion, guitar, voice, no input mixer, record players, hacked electronics, pedals, […]
ONE MINUTE LOS ANGELES (2011 ) One Minute Los Angeles is a collaborative project combining field recording and photography. Artist Lara Bank and sound artist Clay Chaplin have been trekking throughout Los Angeles documenting one minute of time in everyday environments. The idea is to capture one minute of sound framed by two photographic time […]
I will be providing live-visuals for pianist Vicki Ray’s performance of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus on Friday, July 8th at Boston Court in Pasadena, CA. Vicki and I originally collaborated on a similar performance of For Bunita Marcus in 1998 using a primitive live video setup and one of the first live-video software programs […]
I will be performing a set of improvised computer music featuring my piece, Old Raney, as a part of the first annual VU Symposium on experimental, electronic, and improvised music. The festival will be held in Park City Utah from July 5-7th, 2016. Here is a snippet about the symposium from the VU organizers: The […]
I am organizing a concert of new field recording works to be presented as a part of the 2016 Dog Star Orchestra concerts. The concert will be titled Dog Star from the Fields and will feature new works by local Los Angeles composers including myself, Scott Cazan, Ryan Gaston, David Paha, Sepand Shahab, Stephanie Smith […]
Old Raney is a computer-based improvisation using field recordings from the Alan Lomax archive as source material. The field recordings I chose for this piece are significantly filled with pops, clicks, and scrapes from the acetate disc recording media used in the 1930s and 1940s. The recording media mistakes are a framework for the improvisation […]
Saturday, February 13th 2016 – Mills College A tribute to composer and sound artist Mark Trayle, featuring his solo compositions and works for network bands performed by his musical friends, colleagues, and students associated with Mills and Cal Arts: Casey Anderson, John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Scott Cazan, Clay Chaplin, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Matt Ingalls, David Paha, […]
I will perform a new improvised work at The Wulf on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 starting at 8pm or so. I am happily sharing the bill with Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly) and Tania Chen. I will premiere a computer-based improvisation that uses tracks from the Alan Lomax archive as source material.
I will be premiering a new piece called Potential Artifact on Monday, September 28th at the ICMC conference in Denton, Texas. The piece is a structured improvisation for viola and computer. I will be using a new custom-made, Raspberry Pi based synthesizer for the performance.
This summer I’ve been working on a prototype for a low-cost, Raspberry Pi synthesizer that is completely self-contained and ready for performance. The prototype uses a Raspberry Pi B+ computer and the built-in GPIO pins to provide controller inputs. No external micro-controller is necessary. Pure Data is the software engine behind the instrument which provides […]