Ambient music, modern dance, and cowboys.

There was something new and different at the Starlight Theatre last night.

Paul Sprawl and his wife Leralee Whittle are building an artist residency retreat here in Terlingua. They plan to have housing, performance space and audio/video recording facilities.

They’re still building, but their first “resident” was Ted Killian, a composer from Oregon. Ted plays guitar- actually, Ted uses a guitar as a source sound and manipulates that sound through walls of technology.

Last night, Ted and Paul improvised over two hours of very cool ambient music. Paul played Moog synthesizer, guitar, and sang. Ted played his guitar rig and a Daxaphone. Leralee set up a dance space and danced/performed while Ted and Paul played.

I used this opportunity to try out my new portable recording rig. I can now record up to 8 channels “live” at 24/96.  I’m hoping last night is just the first in a series of “Live From Terlingua” projects.

Last night’s performance turned a few heads at first, but as the night went on quite a few of the locals settled in, grabbed a beer, and enjoyed the show.

Here’s what it looked like:

Paul Sprawl and Ted Killian at the Starlight
Paul Sprawl and Ted Killian at the Starlight
Ted Killian
Ted Killian
Some of Ted's gear
Some of Ted’s gear
Part of Ted's pedal board
Part of Ted’s pedal board
Ted
Ted
Ted, Paul and Leralee
Ted, Paul and Leralee
Paul played Moog synth and guitar and sang
Paul played Moog synth and guitar and sang
Leralee dancing
Leralee dancing
cow skull + tape
cow skull + tape
Leralee dancing 2
Leralee dancing 2
portable recording studio
portable recording studio

One Reply to “Ambient music, modern dance, and cowboys.”

  1. I’ve been a Paul Sprawl fan for years. When I saw Leralee performing with him during Viva Terlingua I was blown away. So, I’m real sorry I wasn’t there for this one.

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