Improvisation Duo: Live, Improvised Electronics While Halfway Around the World
MaXaS is an improvisation duo created by David P. Landon and Chi Him Chik. The duo began in Kansas City (2017) as a saxophone and live electronics improvisation duo when both Chi Him and David were working on their master’s degrees at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. In 2018, after David moved to Colorado and Chi Him moved to Basel, Switzerland, the project had to be re-imagined within the context of an online medium. After three years of research on networked audio, telematic performances, and a variety of other concepts relating to liveness, MaXaS has resumed performances within the context of their latest project: where the other end meets. This project seeks to realize a multi-dimensional remote performance that draws from the traditions of live performance and leverages the numerous technical and aesthetic challenges of remote performance as opportunities to create a unique experience for audiences.
where the other end meets is a free improvisation utilizing electronic instruments. During performances, audio is routed over the internet from one performer to the next and then fed-back again. Each channel of audio fed across the network is manipulated and mixed by each performer independently and, in that way, no performer ever hears the same thing as the other performers. Given that there is no single “place” where one can hear the “final” or “complete” performance, it is, in essence, without a stage. Instead, it is rather more akin to nodes in a feedback loop where audiences can “listen in” at one point in a continually dynamic stream of audio.