Category Archives: Concert Performance

Dog Star Orchestra Concert Series

Dog Star Orchestra

I will be co-curating a concert and premiering a new piece for the 10th annual Dog Star Orchestra concert series. The concert will take place on Tuesday, June 10th 2014 at The Wulf in Los Angeles. The Dog Star Orchestra concert series was founded by composer Michael Pisaro over ten years ago and highlights experimental sound practices and performances by LA based composers and performers.

The first half of the concert on June 10th will feature a performance of Robert Lax’s Black and White Oratorio organized and directed by Sara Roberts. The second half of the concert will feature three new computer music works for the Raspberry Pi based speakers that I recently developed and built. Billed as Three Pieces for Networked Speakers the second half of the concert will feature Type A Nightmare No.2 by Clay Chaplin, Synopsis by Sepand Shahab, and A Glimpse by David Paha. Performers will include Jenica Anderson, Clay Chaplin, Heather Lockie, David Paha, Sepand Shahab, and Stephanie Smith.

Performance at Berkeley Arts

I will be performing with Tim Perkis and Wyatt Keusch on Sunday, November 18th at 9pm at Berkeley Arts in Berkeley, CA. We will be presenting an hour long set of improvised electronic music. There will be a trio, duos, and solos. Here’s the official blurb:

Berkeley Arts 2133 University Ave., Berkeley CA

Computer music composer/improviser Clay Chaplin and young analog wizard Wyatt Keusch are joined by local electronicist/improviser Tim Perkis in a set of solo and group improvisations and compositions.

Also with Larry Ochs (sax) and Donald Robinson (percussion) at 8pm.

Dog Star Orchestra 8 – Manipulated Field Recordings

I will be hosting and performing in the opening concert for the 8th annual Dog Star Orchestra concert series. The concert, titled Manipulated Field Recordings will take place on Wednesday, August 29th at 7PM at my house in Eagle Rock. The concert will take place on a large deck at my house known as The Deck concert space. The concert on the 29th will also include performances by Archie Carey, Scott Cazan, Stephanie Smith, and Sepand Shahab.

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.

California Ear Unit to perform Tricomatic

The California EAR Unit will be performing my audio-visual piece Tricomatic on two concerts this April. The first concert will be on Saturday, April 21st at Southern Utah University and on Monday, April 23rd at Northern Arizona State University. More information about Tricomatic is 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:

Studio 300 Festival

I will be performing my piece Side Effects on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 in Lexington, KY as a part of the Studio 300 Digital Arts and Music Festival. I will also have my collaborative field recording and photography installation called One Minute Los Angeles installed in a gallery for the duration of the festival. More information about the festival can be found here


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.

Tonalism show

I’m going to be presenting a work on this amazing show. Its Saturday, July 23rd starting at 6pm at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock.

DUBLAB and Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock Present:

an all night ambient music happening

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 – 6PM to 6AM
At the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041


Live performances by:
SFV Acid, Damion Romero, Joseph Hammer, Warner Jepson and Julia Holter

DJ sets by:
Carlos Nino, Nanny Cantaloupe, Lavenders, Ale, Frosty, Sam Cooper, Jimmy Tamborello, Katie Byron, Hoseh, and Tropic of Cancer

Video projections by:
Carole Kim with Jesse Gilbert, Matt Amato, Alex Pelly, Jesselisa Moretti

A non-directive multi-sensory experience responding to subfrequencies bleeding through the walls – translating, resynthesizing, and echoing into spectral harmonies and tactile vibrations. Featuring Matthewdavid, Suzanne Kraft, Aska, and Breezy Nix

Environment by:
Katie Byron

Multi-speaker sound Installations by Cooper Baker, Scott Cazan, Aaron Drake and Clay Chaplin

Complimentary tea will be served throughout the night.
Bring pillows, blankets, beanbags, sleeping bags, cushions, lay down and listen.

Tonalism is made possible thanks to generous support by REDCAT | Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Materials & Applications, LA Record

Tonalism is s dusk-to-dawn event inspired by La Monte Young’s “Dream House” as well as the work of musicians and composers such as Terry Riley, Yoko Ono and John Cage. Tonalism combines harmonious textures in a surround sound system with visual elements to create an atmosphere where the audience is encouraged to bring pillows, cushions and sleeping bags to lay down, listen and watch for an extended period of time. DJs, live musicians and video artists play and perform throughout the night; starting at sunset and ending at sunrise. Complimentary tea and water are provided to all who attend.

poster/e-flyer art by Diego Herrera