February 4 2006 at Railyard 2 Santa Fe
Slider, Tank, Botree (Gaspard)
Doc Ock I, ‘sprong, Sir Gamelan (dawn)
Steel reed, Daisy, Wheely Wheely (alex)
Played by: Gaspard Cabanes, Dawn Edelman, Alex Ferris
Version 1 mixed by Gaspard, version 2 mixed by Dawn, version 3 mixed by Alex
In January 2006, the recording studio was moved into Railyard 2 a smaller space contiguous to Railyard 1, which remained the welding shop now shared by Gaspard and me.
Rashomon presents three differing dispositions of the same material. The nine constituent tracks were recorded in three live passes. Then, each of us made a realtime mix of the nine tracks. The idea was to elevate the mixingboard to the status of an instrument and the engineer to the status of a performer. I think it would have benefited from having more constituent tracks with a greater range of timbres, more continuity within and among the tracks themselves, and a clearer set of elements to juxtapose.
The three mixes are good indicators of our individual aesthetic tendencies.
At the time, it was intended to be a trial run for a more complex 24 track piece mixed simultaneously by the four of us, but we never returned to the idea. I still hope to try mixing by committee again.