Experimental Music Unit

EMU triple portrait photos by Christine and Lyssa

The Experimental Music Unit is Paul Walde (bass guitar, percussion), Tina Pearson (flute, voice, accordion, tuned glass); George Tzanetakis (bass clarinet, clarinet, alto sax), with Kirk McNally (audio engineer, live processing). Based in Victoria, Canada, the trio formed in 2012, and since then has engaged in a regular exploratory music and sound art improvisation practice that informs its projects and the artistic direction of LASAM, an experimental music and sound art organization.


The Experimental Music Unit’s  inaugural project, Music for Mycologists, was premiered in Victoria at the Legacy Art Gallery in 2013. It was also presented at the Surrey Art Gallery (2014) and at Victoria’s Open Space in 2015. The Music For Mycologists CD was released in 2015, produced by EMU and Kirk McNally at the University of Victoria.

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EMU is also the core ensemble for LASAM’s seasonal Dark Listening project, and was involved in Paul Walde and Tina Pearson’s large scale project, Music for Natural History, also produced by LASAM. EMU collaborated with the artist Camille Norment (USA-Norway) in Songs For Glass Island (2015-2016) which was produced at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver in 2016.