Ellen Band-Audible Visions
Sound in Performance

The following is a list of sound performance pieces by Ellen Band.
Closet Bird (1976) Listen
Closet BirdPHOTO BY BERNIE DICHEK

Done in a livingroom, with one canary, two reel to reel tape recorders and two Neumann microphones, this piece predates Dutch sound artist Paul Panhuysen's canary pieces. Created without processing or editing, listeners are often surprised to discover that a real live bird and basic analogue equipment were responsible for the dense textural sound mass and analogue synthesizer-like sounds.

"Closet Bird" is featured on Ellen's CD 90% Post Consumer Sound.

PHOTO BY BOB RAYMOND Railroad Gamelan (1992) Listen

Assembled from the sounds of railroad crossings bells, train whistles, and train track sounds, this ten minute piece dramatizes the experience of waiting for a train to pass, through a visceral percussive frenzy, a chorus of whistles, and the clickety clack of the trains on the track.

"Railroad Gamelan" is featured on Ellen's CD
90% Post Consumer Sound.

Swinging Sings PHOTO BY BOB RAYMOND Swinging Sings (1992) Listen

for tape and live violins
performers Ellen Band and Adele Armin

Rusty screechy playground swing sets morph into a shrieking aviary as violins mimic both sounds and swinging, swaying motion. Or, childhood can be sweet, but not always.

"Swinging Sings" is featured on Ellen's CD
90% Post Consumer Sound.

Frodo: Portrait of Janet (1997) Listen

Tape and live bassoon and contra bassoon composed for bassoonist Janet Underhill.

A composition for live performance, this is a sound portrait composed of sounds and musical segments which are highly personal to the performer. The piece also makes use of Janet's skill at extended techniques.

Wailing Hot PHOTO BY BOB RAYMOND Wailing Hot (1988)

Intermedia performance piece

Wailing Hot assembles a number of components - text, insect noises, projections, and dance - to depict the stifling heat of the summer of 1988. But the hook, for me, is a couple dozen sizzle cymbals suspended around the room, played by percussionist Tom Goldstein. It seemed that the insinuating crescendos of those cymbals sounded just like a sweltering hot day feels, the enervating hiss of your withering nervous system represented as a sound object.

- Critic Michael Bloom in Boston Rock

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