Category Archives: Collaboration

Interview on the Mike Watt from Pedro Show

Watt from Pedro

Heather Lockie and I went on Mike Watt’s Watt from Pedro Show on Tuesday, December 20th for an interview and to play tracks from the upcoming Marshweed album called Marshweed in the Garden. We also improvised on viola and synth with “Brother Matt” who performs a mashup of tunes each week on the show in a segment called the Spin Cycle. You can listen to the podcast episode here.

Bitpanic at REDCAT

Bitpanic at REDCAT

Bitpanic, the computer music ensemble that I am in will peform at REDCAT on Saturday, December 3rd for a concert of Mark Trayle’s music. We are sharing the bill with The Hub and are performing two of Mark’s pieces and an improvisation. Here is the information from the REDCAT site:

The superbly imaginative, sonically expansive work of composer and sound artist Mark Trayle (1955–2015) is the subject of this tribute by friends, colleagues and former students in The Hub and Bitpanic. Co-founded by Trayle in 1986, The Hub emerged out of the Mills College scene to become the most influential improvising electronic ensemble since Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV). Known for using networked electronic and digital systems of its own devising, the Bay Area group currently consists of John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Tim Perkis, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Phil Stone and Matt Ingalls. Adding to the computer music lineage pioneered by The Hub is the recently formed collective Bitpanic. Based in Los Angeles, it comprises Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, Clay Chaplin, David Paha and Stephanie Smith—all one-time students of Trayle at CalArts.

Tickets and information can be found on the REDCAT website.

Performance in memory of Mark Trayle at Mills College

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, Tim Perkis, Sara Roberts, Zachary Mariano, and Phil Stone. Pieces include Unstable Trombone, Paper, In My Room, Pins & Splits, and Simple Degradation.

Marshweed in the Garden at Jam at the Barn

Marshweeds Garden

Heather Lockie and I will be premiering some of the songs from the upcoming Marshweed in the Garden record that we’ve been working on for about a year. We are very excited but also a little tense since we’re both a little out of our musical safety zones. I’ve been forced to use Ableton Live for backing tracks and Heather will have to perform to a click track on a couple of tunes. Oh the horror! Here’s a link to the Facebook Event

Embedded below is a demo mix of Findr Keepr from the upcoming Marshweed in the Garden record.

bitpanic at DogStar 11

Hub Jr

bitpanic, is a newly formed networked computer music ensemble located in Los Angeles comprised of composers Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, David Paha, Stephanie Smith and myself. Each of us studied at CalArts with Mark Trayle who was one of the founding members of The Hub and was a big influence on each of our own musical pathways. With Mark’s sudden passing this past Spring, we were asked to organize a concert for the DogStar Orchestra concert series featuring Mark’s music. We performed two pieces on the concert. The first piece, Pins and Splits was a networked-based composition that Mark wrote and the second was a free improvisation that we performed in Mark’s honor. Check out the live recording below:

Tom Erbe’s William’s Mix

I recently submitted a number of audio tracks for Tom Erbe who is working on a fresh version of John Cage’s Williams Mix. The score calls for five to six hundred discreet audio events. I submitted a number of analog synth improvisations and a few field recordings. I can’t wait to hear the piece considering that Tom is a complete experimental music genius.

One Minute Los Angeles in New Town Arts show

My collaborative field recording installation, One Minute Los Angeles, will be shown July 27th -29th as a part of New Town Art’s Knock Knock Sonic Surprise show.

A world of sound in 6 tiny rooms.
Open a door see what’s inside.
Discover experiments in sonic performances behind each door.

Friday, July 27, Noon to 7:00PM
4414 E. York Blvd. (near Eagle Rock Blvd)
Albert Ortega • Joe Cantrell • Clay Chaplin •  Kio Griffiths & Michael Vlatkovich • Heather Lockie • Rick Potts • Karen Frimkess Wolff

Saturday, July 28, 3:30PM to 9:00PM
4414 E. York Blvd. (near Eagle Rock Blvd)
Joe Cantrell • Clay Chaplin • Kio Griffiths & Michael Vlatkovich • Albert Ortega • Rick Potts • Karen Frimkess Wolff

Sunday, July 29, 1:00PM to 8:00PM
615 S. Westlake Avenue (MacArthur Park Adjacent)
Abyss of Fathomless Light & Jonas Reinhart • Joe Cantrell • Clay Chaplin • Tom Peters • Rick Potts • Karen Frimkess Wolff

CEMEC Concert Series highlighted in article

In 2002, Tom Erbe and I started the California Electronic Music Exchange Concert (CEMEC) series for graduate composers at CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, and Stanford to present new electronic and computer music works. Each year, a pool of pieces is used to program a mixed concert at each school providing an opportunity for students to travel and discover current compositional trends at each school. 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the exchange concerts and the San Diego Reader recently wrote an article about the series. You can read the article here.

STEIM Exchange 2011

I just got back from STEIM and the 5th annual residency for the CalArts Experimental Sound Practices program. Each year I take four CalArts Graduate students from the music school to STEIM to work on a group project and performance. This year was very fun and successful. The participants this year were: Heather Lockie, Maryclare Brzytwa, Jinku Kim, and Max Foreman.

Photo slideshow from the two-week residency:


Saturday, September 3rd &
Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Shows at 2 & 5pm

Aquacoustica from machine project on Vimeo.

A collaborative project of underwater musical performance and state-of-the-art ‘over-water’ live-electronic signal processing.

Being a passionate and experienced scuba diver for more than 10 years, Ulrich Krieger will dive into a pool in full scuba gear, tank and all, for at least 45 minutes. He will sit on the ground or swim around, producing underwater sounds with metal, stone, plastic, and other ‘waterproof’ objects, including ‘underwater didjeridus’, underwater singing, and plastic instruments, like blue toy saxophones. These sounds will be picked up by hydrophones and transmitted to Clay Chaplin, sitting above water, treating and signal processing theses sounds, creating an electronic ambient soundscape.

Space is very limited so concert signup is available to Machine Project members first and then is open to the general public on Wednesday, August 31st at Noon. Special thanks to Machine Project and the BELLYFLOP Gallery for hosting the concerts.


This performance will be taking place at the BELLYFLOP Gallery: “BELLYFLOP is a Southern California gallery space, theater, concert hall, disco, opera house, laboratory, auditorium and space of worship that appears as a full-water 10 ft.-deep swimming pool with diving board. BELLYFLOP emphasizes projects with ideas and executions that take risks, whether they glide smoothly or result in a mid-torso redness. Like the white cube galleries and black box theaters of tradition, BELLYFLOP’s aqua box comes with its own set of parameters to be explored in the fine arts. Visitors may wish to dress in water-appropriate attire.”

Location will be provided upon registration.