In April of this year I began reaching out to folks for a collaborative project. The vision: 19 musicians all improvising unable to hear what the others were playing. These 19 tracks layered together into one piece of music. I solicited two tracks from everyone; one 19 seconds long, the other up to 19 minutes long. The tracks were then arranged into one 19 sec track, one 19 minute track and one 2 and a half minute track (a cut up of the 19 second tracks)
Expecting something much more chaotic, I delighted in the surprising amount of synchronicity in these tracks. People tended to leave a generous amount of space for each other. It was also interesting to me to witness the diverse ways participants were spending their time during the duration of the pandemic thus far. The media paints this picture of many isolated people sitting on their couch marathon watching streaming television, but the truth, for the Covid 19 at least, is much more complicated. None of the musicians on this were able to make music their day job, and many musician's day jobs tend to be essential workers. Folks in the food production (like myself) didn't a even a single day off. People I reached out to for this worked as nurses, grocery workers, teachers . . . some were involved in activism, putting their bodies out in harms way to protest the injustices of police brutality to black people. I feel like this diversity can be heard on this recording.
released August 21, 2020
Here are the musicians involved
Sarah Braun Hamilton
Michael Braun Hamilton
Id M Theft Able
Throat of the Loon
State Vector Collapse
supported by 4 fans who also own “Stay Home (HT043)”
This album doesn't cease to fill me with joy and bliss.
It turned out to be one of the most listened to of my year 2021 - mostly late in the evening, but also as a comfort and companion during office work hours.