Terry Pender: mandolin
Brad Garton: laptop
Gregory Taylor: laptop
Hey! You can get our CD
to have as your very own!
New on-line release:
In the summer of 2006, Terry and I (this is Brad typing this...)
began to test out some new software we had been developing. We were
surprised at how immediately musical the results seemed to be. Right about
that time our good friend Gregory Taylor was in town, and we invited
him to sit down with his laptop and see what might happen (Gregory
had been doing extended live/improvised laptop sessions on
his own). The results were the pieces listed as
on my main
music web site.
(Actually, the seven pieces listed there are all excerpts from one long
piece we performed.)
Since that first fun experiment, we have performed quite bit more,
with the guiding credo that what we do should be fun for us,
pure and simple. All three of us are too old now to take this too
seriously! So we've been having a blast, playing in a variety of
different contexts -- lounge band, ambient reception music, concert-hall
settings, club performances, etc. What we do is totally improvised
except for the various synthesis processes and signal-processing chains we
individually build prior to our sessions. At the most, we may set
time constraints, especially when we've been asked by an event organizer
to meet certain limits. Or sometimes we'll just say "let's do a
Because we're probably really boring to watch perform,
we often engage
to do amazing live graphics with us. We've also included others
as part of our happy line-up, such as
performing using his custom WII controllers as musical instruments,
playing his happy hardanger fiddle.
We've recorded a substantial amount of music, with our get-togethers
for performances also doubling as a chance to do additional
recording sessions wherever we can set up our gear.
Here are links to several web pages with some of our
And here are a few links to recordings Terry and I did together
on our own (Gregory lives far far away so we don't see him as often!):
Here's a performance Gregory and I did without Terry, yikes!
We're also starting to perform (in various combinations)
with other terrific players (see
the "PGT-portugal2009" link above, for example). Here are a few
links, including the 'supergroup' performance in Roosevelt
on May 30, 2009:
Just for fun, I played with Todd Reynolds and Miller Puckette.
Somehow the 'live improv' work I do fits under "PGT", even with
no Terry or Gregory. The spirit (and the software I use!) is there.
Here's a link to a very short thing Todd and Miller and I did together: