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Q & A with Johnny Chang on Found Sound in LA

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Johnny Chang considers his occupation to be an "experimentalist." The 27-year-old Auckland, New Zealand native has been living in LA for 7 years now, currently making Echo Park his home. If experimentalist is a bit too abstract or general for you, Chang freelances as violinist.

No, you generally won't see him playing Bach with the LA Chamber Orchestra or on a soundstage recording music for a film. Rather, that occupational title he gives himself means something, especially if one checks out his show a week from Sunday at Dangerous Curve called Field Recordings/Found Objects.

In this first interview with Chang, we'll cover some basics. More next week.

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Explain what found sounds in contemporary music mean to you.

Field recordings for me mean opportunities and possibilities. I like to think of my engagement with the materials as experiments in sound, leading to the creation of experimental situations in the context of sonic performances.

What's the status of today's LA experimental music scene?

disclaimer: I am only writing about this from a very personal perspective.

Gosh,, I know that since the new & improvised music series, linespaceline, ceased to exist, there have been bands of experimental musicians roaming the streets, and the woodlands of LA. This lot will play anywhere, from ocean view sidewalks, outdoor amphitheaters, to concrete basements, construction sites and even their own vans...