Coffee Cup Sessions: 2016

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There is a magical moment early in the morning between the hazy echoes of dreams and crisp consciousness of daylight. A temporary moment of stillness in an otherwise bustling city center. Friends, still stirring from the fog of sleep, sit down with the first brewed coffee of the morning and greet each other. Coffee Cup Sessions is a journal of these moments, capturing these electro-sonic conversations. Some days the dreamlike shroud of slumber is more difficult to shake than others. Some days are happy celebrations of life, while others are the dull, monotonous, plodding on of time and routine. But, the journal records these fleeting moments as conversations in in the language of electronic music over minutes and over months. At 7:00am, about once per month, for the last two years Joe and Jason have met at the same coffee shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They sit in the same seats at the same table and drink the same coffee. What changes over time are the socio-technical structures and topics of conversation.

Based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Joe and Jason have created electronic music and art together for over 15 years. Through their art they explore the interactions between the physical and virtual, between conscious and unconscious, and between the social and technical. Their process contains a combined contradiction of low-tech and high-tech methods and tools that commonly involve simple complexity and organized chaos.

Together, Joe and Jason have performed in venues across the US Midwest, including cities like Detroit and Chicago. They have participated in performances like the University of Michigan Sync series in the mid-2000’s and the Crackle Nite series at the CPop Gallery in Detroit, where Joe gave a lecture-performance on “Using Mixed Data Types in MAX/MSP for the Generation of Audio and Video”. For the 42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival Joe and Jason created a live audio-visual performance, “Reading and Cleaning,” from which they took still frames to present as visual art at the Ann Arbor Art Center gallery.

Bill Van Loo, appearing on a few tracks, is an independent musician, producer and recording engineer. Musically, his style ranges from hip-hop influenced rhythms to uptempo electronic jams to carefully composed ambient soundscapes. He has released music on a number of labels, including a compilation appearance on the Planet E compilation “All Access” and a 7″ single on Berlin’s City Centre Offices in 2001 featured the delicate love song “tones (for Sarah)”.

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released February 21, 2017

Joe Bauer, Jason Engling, Bill Van Loo

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Coffee Cup Sessions Ann Arbor, Michigan

There is a magical moment early in the morning between the hazy echoes of dreams and crisp consciousness of daylight. Friends, still stirring from the fog of sleep, sit down with the first brewed coffee of the morning and greet each other. Coffee Cup Sessions is a journal of these moments, shared by friends in conversation through audio, electronics, and that first cup of coffee. ... more

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