The Los Angeles Electroacoustic Ensemble is an electronic chamber music quartet comprised of composer-performers Marcus Carline, Glen Gray, Zaq Kenefick, and Cristina Lord. They are graduates from southern California composition programs with backgrounds in free improvisation, early music, and jazz. The ensemble was formed to pursue common goals of establishing and improving standards for the composition and performance of electronic chamber music. The ensemble uses laptops, hardware synthesizers, and various electronic tools to explore musical techniques such as signal processing, digital synthesis, and sampling. The group’s core practice is programming and composing musically engaging pieces in Max/MSP to be performed on four laptops. This performance constellation places the ensemble firmly in a historical lineage of chamber music with its close associations of virtuosic performance, ensemble sound, and collective musicianship. Each member’s involvement in classical and new music informs the ensemble’s rehearsal techniques, centered on mastery of digital instruments and compositions. At the same time, constantly progressing options for creating and rehearsing electronic music, e.g. new hardware instruments, a wide variety of controller options, and constantly improving software necessitate experimentation with different approaches to music making. This approach allows the group to embrace the fundamental freedom inherent in the genre of electronic music. Collaboration with dance has formed a significant part of the members’ shared musical background. The members maintain that collaboration with local choreographers is essential for creating an interdisciplinary and engaging artistic landscape. The ensemble aims to employ traditional composition and rehearsal techniques balanced by experimentation with electronic possibilities, collaboration with like-minded peers in the dance community, and mentorship from established composers through commission.
The LA Electroacoustic Ensemble is a collaborative collective. Our core members are Zachary Kenefick, Cristina Lord, Marcus Carline, and Glen Gray.