Concert dedicated to slain microtonal guitarist Rod Poole

mapping sound. – Bowed Guitar Tributaries of Los Angeles


Just Intoned tunings sounded off in a 2009 tribute to slain microtonal guitarist Rod Poole, from the Society for Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) at the Schindler House in West Hollywood.

Concert dedicated to slain microtonal guitarist Rod Poole

Tenth Anniversary Concert – The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) –

Tributaries – Dedicated to the Memory of Rod Poole

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Schindler House, West Hollywood
September 12, 2009
Produced by SASSAS

A piece inspired by Rod Poole’s IASIS for bowed guitars and soloist.


Mapping sound. – the SASSAS 10th Anniversary Concert
Utilized sites in eight Los Angeles neighborhoods located along an east/west corridor and featured more than 30 musicians drawn from the 10 year history of sound. For a day of concerts, presented free of charge. Performances ran from 11am – 11pm starting at the Sylvan Amphitheater in Eagle Rock, ending at Beyond Baroque in Venice.
Rod’s concert was the 6th of the day
Recorded September 12, 2009
Produced by SASSAS
Camera and Editing: ZF Films

featured soloists: Jessica Catron, Nels Cline, Michael Intriere, and Jim McAuley
featured bowers: Erin Barnes, Bobb Bruno, Steve Gregoropolous, Joseph Hammer, Ronit Kirchman, Cat Lamb, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Devin Sarno


SASSAS 10th Anniversary Concert - Tribute to Rod Poole

Rod Poole and Just Intonation

Rod Poole (1962-2007) was an experimental guitarist dedicated to rhythmic improvisational reinventions with natural acoustic resonance, called just intonation – a tuning system dating back to Pythagoras. His own guitar, a 1972 Martin Acoustic, had been rebuilt with a new fretboard to accommodate a 23-note octave of his own design.

Born in England, he began playing the guitar in 1972. He experimented with various musical idioms and by the mid-80s, acoustic-based free improvisation and finger-picked solo acoustic guitar became his focus. A founding member of the Oxford Improvisors’ Cooperative, Poole continued with them from 1983 to 1986.

STORY: Sound Motel: Experimental Musings in Los Angeles

After moving to the United States in 1989, his studies in just intonation began with the world’s foremost theorist on the subject, Ervin Wilson. Poole released a handful of unique and highly praised CDs on the W.I.N., Transparency, and Incus labels – The Death Adder, December 96, IASIS, and The Acoustic Guitar Trio. He contributed “Kaleidoscopic Sunday” to the Henry Kaiser-curated guitar compilation, 156 Strings, and “The Fire Left to Come” to the SASSAS two-CD set, Sound, a compilation of Los Angeles-based performances curated by Cindy Bernard. Poole also engineering the recording of all but three of the performances on Sound. He has performed with Derek Bailey, Mia Masaoka, Joseph Hammer, Kraig Grady, Nels Cline, Donald Miller, Pat Thomas, Tony Bevan, Eugene Chadbourne, and others. (From

Update 4 June 2017

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