BASEbot 006: Expect The Unexpected with Rudy Trubitt on Saturday Nov 13, 2010

On Saturday Nov 13, 2010, BASE hosts the next in our series of BASEbot listening salons, featuring recordist, sound designer, and musician

Rudy Trubitt

who will present work focusing on sonic surprises and unexpected events.

BASEbot 006 will be held

SATURDAY, November 13th, 2010
2:30 pm doors, starting promptly at 3
~an hour of formal presentations followed by Q&A and mingling. Bring sounds to share!


Dan Dugan Sound Design
290 Napoleon Street Studio E
San Francisco, CA 94124

Please come LISTEN and Expect The Unexpected!

Sometimes what you planned to record isn’t nearly as interesting as what’s happening behind you. Sound Designer Rudy Trubitt brings an assortment of sonic suprises to Basebot November 13, 2010.

Rounding out the evening’s entertainment will be the multi-channel presentation of “Exciting and Unexpected Cleaning Events,” (see below) a work premiered at the 2005 San Francisco Tape music festival and not heard since.

Attendees are encouraged to bring recordings of their own surprised recordings preferably in wav, aiff or higher quality mp3 formats on CD-R, DVD-R, or USB drive or your own iPod or other player (no more than a couple minutes in length, please).


is an original field recording made in a confined space with 10 individual microphones. Minimal editing and signal processing were applied to create the finished work. Recorded by Die Elektrischen and Rudy Trubitt with immeasurable help from Bruce Koball,

In December 2004, NASA engineers monitoring the Mars Rover “Opportunity” noticed a suprising increase in the power output from the planetary explorer’s solar panels. The only explanation was something (or someone) had swept accumulated dust from the Rover. “These exciting and unexplained cleaning events have kept Opportunity in really great shape,” the London-based New Scientist magazine quoted NASA rover team leader Jim Erickson as saying.

About Rudy Trubitt

Rudy began playing and recording music in 1975. He is involved with music recording, editing and mastering, sound effects work and multimedia audio production. He is also a professional musician and long-time member of the very popular rock band for kids, The Sippy Cups. He has written five books and hundreds of magazine articles on sound and music production and has taught classes at BAVC and SF State University College of Extended Learning.

Rudy’s website

The Sippy Cups website

More on BASE and BASEbot

Bay Area Sound Ecology is an interdisciplinary forum centered around listening and the soundscape.  We create projects and events to promote sound-environment awareness, making and encouraging opportunities for ear-opening sonic encounters.

BASEbot is a meeting place for ear-minded people, an experiment in bringing people together around listening and the soundscape. At each event we invite someone to present their work with sound in front of an audience in an intimate setting. We discuss, we talk shop, we meet one another. Our plans always include some “open floor” time during which attendees can share short excerpts of work.

Learn more on our website at

More on Acoustic Ecology, the ASAE, and WFAE

BASE is the Northern California chapter of the ASAE, The American Society for Acoustic Ecology, the US chapter of the World Forum on Acoustic Ecology.

The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), founded in 1993, is an international association of affiliated organizations and individuals, who share a common concern for and interest in the world’s soundscapes. Our members represent a multi-disciplinary spectrum of individuals engaged in the study of the social, cultural and ecological aspects of the sonic environment.


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