Next Sound Scene planning meeting Feb 13 (email for details)
Highlights from DCLL Feb 6, 2017 Listening Lounge
We kicked off the night with a go-round about the most memorable/best food you've eaten (not the most "sonic" opener but we definitely got a sense of storytelling styles in the room).
Bond- sushi Shady Maple (?) in Silver Spring “amazing how many things go well with avocado.”
James- “The best thing I ever ate, was probably the placenta of my little brother...just kidding” Christmas in Patagonia, thick Argentinian beef, red wine. Etc.
Teague- donut connoisseur, donut quest. NY donut tour with a rating system. Doughnut Plant (before it was on TV, he claims he was a fan), basic is less sweet, complex dough, puts up a little resistance without being too chewy, and seasonal glaze, fresh blueberries.
Jocelyn- I haven't been but I hope to one day, maybe check out Kobo's- vegan tasting menu – it was just reviewed in the Washington Post Magazine and looked beautiful aesthetically and flavorful
Slammer- just returned from chapatis in Kenya. Thick similar to tortillas, bready with delicious home cooked stew
Steve- jalebi, looks like a day-glo orange pretzel, Jalebi wala- Jalebi “Man” has been there almost 250 yrs. Deep fried in butter and dipped in sugar syrup. (don't try this in the US)
Melissa- wanted to learn Italian better, an olive farm in Tuscany during harvest time, and organic farm, a little more labor intensive, and at the end of the first day, took 700 kilo to pressing plant, ancient place, and next day pick up florescent green fresh pressed olive oil. And the woman of the house made steamed vegetables and toasted bread , scratch with raw garlic clove and dump olive oil all over it. Cloudy olive oil is better flavored. Local recommendation. California Olive Ranch- picture of guy on tractor holding a huge olive or something. Its pretty darn good.
Amy- Italian favorite meal based on where I was as much as the food. Trastevere neighborhood in Rome, courtyard, playing violin next to us, gnocchi, in a broth 4-6 kinds of fresh mushrooms,
Tyler- goat herder volunteer in Israel, goats milk not properly pasteurized made him sick, hadn't eaten anything but white rice for 2.5 weeks, and had falafel that was the best I ever had, and then threw up a few hours later but it was totally worth it.
Jimmy- first job after grad school was installing security gates, Monday walking to car in Seattle away from shop, friend went fishing this weekend, reach into truck and grabbed salmon caught yesterday and, smoked that day- mouth lit up, not even salmon to me- its a whole other thing.
Brandon-Roatan island off Honduras, visiting godfather at his house there, neighbor took him out fishing- starts at 5am, catch the bait first casting a net, held partially in teeth, only caught 2, but the first fish he caught was a yellow finn tuna, breakfast at 10am of the tuna, incredibly fresh and special.
Shawna- in the Dominican Republic. In LasTerrenas, small town known for kite sailing, we were the only people there, just expats running a little bnb. Crabs walking by our feet.
Audio part of the night:
Melissa- kicked off the night with something, not serious, she said, the opposite. Balmy, comforting.
As she was waiting to set up – the donut advice continued. Priorities...creme brule at Astros, canoli filled at DistrictDonut (this link leads to a DCLL-worthy audio piece!) and in Baltimore some solid choices as well.
Back to the audio: A local publication in Baltimore, J-More, newly launched, monthly mag with daily web updates. A written profile of 5 couples how they met and how they keep their marriage together, what is the glue? Melissa also produced short audio portraits/slide shows. One couple married for 60 yrs, played tonight.
Barry and Sandy Lever-
Reminded some of the group of the Storycorpslove story of the couple who were together for ages, and recorded through the husbands death (not sure if we got that link right).
The music Melissa used was gathered with help from the AIRlistserv
Take-away advice from another couple Melissa interviewed: “marriage is a game where no one knows the rules and they keep changing.”
Bond- wanted to play a song that he noted was titled “Pure Comedy” by Father John Misty, sarcastic, out-there. Bond says “if I ever had kids, which I don't plan, I'd share this music as a bit of insight into my life,” and musical tastes.
Sounds like some homage to Billy Joel and Rufus Wainright.
Father John was a drummer with Fleet Foxes before.
Jimmy- working with Rebecca, and also a visual artist and a programmer shared a brand new (one day old) application that they are creating that allows a visual artist's work to be interpreted and experienced sonically. (We all swooned and had lots of thoughts and feedback by request...and some not by request). This “translation tool” used sounds gathered from 7 different sound collections,
and it uses “edge detection” triggering different sounds
We loved the ideas of collaborative performance art, live drawing and multiple layers of experience.
Discussions of the sonicification of visual art- the color organ and vibration as a possible additional element.
Amy- shared audio from “The gnocchi experience” an audio representation of a very special meal. Dinner on the street corner in Italy.
And the AirBnB – recorder held out the window featuring street side accordion
James- stories of himself and friends, collected over time will be collected and organized as a “Life in three chapters” beginning, middle end. We listened together to the
chapter transition from middle to last act...and discussions about frequency ranges, clarity, music balances, sound effects, and general design followed.
Jocelyn shared an excerpt from an interview with Evelyn Glennie describing how to listen with more than your ears and digest sound like “a pea or carrot.” discussions about laughter, host engagement, striking the balance.
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