Glenn Bach/John Kannenberg
Dispersal Patterns
CD (E119)

Collaborating since 2004, Dispersal Patterns is Bach and Kannenberg’s
second joint project. Departing from their earlier emphasis on systems
and graphic notation, they here rely on intuitive communication as they
weave two improvised soundscapes from quiet field recordings, analogue
instrumentation, digital synthesis, found sounds and minimal signal
manipulations. Bach and Kannenberg have previously explored concepts
of place, soundscape and transmission in their first collaboration,
Two Cities, an audiovisual documentation of their respective morning
commutes. Utilising an online collaborative interface maintained by, Bach and Kannenberg improvised an hour-long
manifestation of Two Cities that was simultaneously broadcast into
brick-and-mortar locations in London, Bristol, and NYC. The hour-long
set of sound and imagery reveals a haunting meditation on place,
migration, and the life cycles of broadcast signals. Revisiting these
themes of temporal displacement and dislocated sounds, Bach and
Kannenberg made a number of radio appearances on Chicago area
college radio stations in the first half of 2008, introducing their re-
contextualised sounds into new virtual and physical environments
(including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York as part
of Neighborhood Public Radio’s participation in the 2008 Whitney
Biennial). The distinction between source and signal, and between
audition and reception, is blurred in the commingling of textures and
elongation of gently evolving drones. Their embrace of improvisation
as a common sonic infrastructure allows the pair to engage in
a productive partnership, despite the geographical distance between
them. Geography and place figure prominently in their work, as both
artists investigate and document their surroundings, and in Dispersal
Patterns the duo have fixed on a dynamic tonal and timbral palette
inspired by the conflicting experiences of acclimation and egress.

Edition of 200 copies
Out of print