This is an archive of Glass Bees items featuring Chris Williams. To see all items, go to the homepage.

Performance: 'Venice, Brooklyn' as part of Conflux City 2009 · posted 23 September 2009

Personnel: Chris Williams, Jason Das

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field recordings, beach trash, weather radio, delay, etc.

Beginning early on the morning of Sunday, September 20, 2009, the Glass Bees explored areas along the coastline of southeastern Brooklyn, including Dead Horse Bay, Floyd Bennett Field, Gerritsen Beach, and Sheepshead Bay, documenting them with sound recorders, photographs, watercolor sketches, and video, and collecting distinctive objects. Our focus was on terrain that has been identified as likely to experience severe flooding in the coming decades due to the effects of climate change.

Glass Bees performing The doorway

As part of the 2009 Conflux Festival, we presented an improvised performance later that afternoon on the front vestibule and stoop of Envoy Enterprises, a gallery in Chinatown, New York City. Our field recordings, visual footage, and physical detritus became the raw material for a sound collage and temporary installation. Amplified sound was broadcast into the street, and visitors were invited into the vestibule to listen more closely on headphones. All materials and sounds we presented were gathered, created, displayed, and performed within a 10-hour period.

Photographs taken in the field, as well as more photos of the performance (taken by the wonderful Ranjit Bhatnagar) are on flickr; see them as a gallery or as a slideshow.

Chris has written a longer reflection on this piece, “Some Thoughts on Venice, Brooklyn“ on his blog.

The great Peter Shapiro documented the performance and did a brief interview with Jason:

Now in its sixth year, Conflux is a New York City-wide gathering of visual and sound artists, writers, urban adventurers, and the public, created to “investigate everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological, and social practice.”

Special thanks to Nathan McKee and everyone at Envoy Enterprises for their support.

Art Social Finale · posted 10 August 2009

Personnel: Chris Williams, Jason Das

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field recordings, electric guitar, stainless steel drinking cups, pavement, cello, delay, amplifiers, etc.

Recorded live at Art Social, August 1, 2009.

Photo by Aneikit Bonnel.

Performance: Art Social, August 1, 2009

The Glass Bees love art. You probably do, too. On Saturday, August 1, we participated in curator Aneikit Bonnel’s ART SOCIAL. We performed two sets over the course of the night under the stars in her backyard in Brooklyn, just off Myrtle Avenue, not far from Fort Greene Park.

Aneikit took some photographs of the event.

We have posted an audio recording of the finale of our second set.

And here is a video of part of our performance:

From the official announcement for the event:


The ART SOCIAL finds its precedent in the concept of the ‘salon,’ a collection of eclectic artists and intellectuals who gather to engage and expand upon their passions and forms of expressions. Set in the conventional structure of Home, works of Art are presented in an intimate and accessible environment, intentionally provoking a dynamic cultural discourse.

The presenting artists include:

REBECCA BEERS MILLER displays wire and found object weavings that focus on the psychological underpinnings of process and its relation to material.

HANLY GUNN presents Deep See Circus, a visual diary in painting and sculpture provoked by emotional and environmental fluctuations starring His Majesty King Quadopus and Mighty Mighty Moonson. On land, as in the See, the circus is a perceivable reality.

CLAIRE FALKENBERG paints oil on large-scale landscape photographs, shifting a static moment to an active one.

THE GLASS BEES perform live soundscapes assembled from colliding abstract loops, ambient noise, and sudden inspiration with the use of electronics, guitar, keyboards, acoustic percussion, computer processed field recordings, and found objects.

Performance: Monkeytown, July 14, 2009

The Glass Bees performed alongside Lou Rossi, Carlos’ Red Shoes, and Frogwell at Monkeytown, 58 North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on the evening of Tuesday, July 14.

We created our own dual-channel video projections for this performance.

Photo by Joshua Howard.

Every Evening, My Cousin · posted 9 July 2009

Personnel: Andrea Williams, Chris Williams, Jason Das

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field recordings, cello, electric guitar, percussion, mbira, delay, amplifiers, etc.

Recorded live at Envoy Enterprises, June 26, 2009.

Photo by Lucius Kwok.

The Probe · posted 8 July 2009

Personnel: Andrea Williams, Chris Williams, Jason Das

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harmonica, field recordings, cello, electric guitar, Sruti Box, percussion, psaltery, mbira, delay, amplifiers, etc.

Recorded live at Envoy Enterprises, June 26, 2009.

Photo by Lucius Kwok.

Salt March · posted 7 July 2009

Personnel: Andrea Williams, Blevin Blectum, Chris Williams, Jason Das

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field recordings, electric guitar, Bebot, percussion, delay, amplifiers, etc.

Recorded live at Envoy Enterprises, June 26, 2009.

Photo by Lucius Kwok.

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