At the heart of LOREN CHASSE's work is his interest in and ability
to listen, often explained through the metaphor of the microphone
being an extension of the ear. Using his sound locations as both the
instrument and the studio, Chasse looks for particularly resonant
and acoustical situations that are reflected in a peculiar way. Like
many artists who push the boundaries of traditional art forms, Chasse
is continuously drawn to seek new acoustic possibilities, and he is
continually searching for new venues and modes of self-expression.
Collaborations have been key to Chasse's work as he founded idBattery
with Brandon Labelle in the mid '90s before pursuing the polyphonous
psychedelia of Jewelled Antler, an umbrella to such ensembles as Thuja,
The Blithe Sons, The Child Readers, and Of.
Chasse credits his work with young people for helping him recognize
the importance of listening in the moment. It is important to just
listen, Chasse believes, and not feel obliged to capture and preserve
every sound on tape. This valuable lesson is one that he passes on
to his students as a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District.
Chasse is also the Director of Education of the sound arts collective
called 23five, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the
awareness of sound in the public arena.