Henry- the sound of an omelet in the pan. “doing a variation on it now”
The sound preparation of the onions and sausage just starting to sizzle.
John: Donkey chips, very crunchy dipping chips, very thick and firm chips, something in the texture and the crunch that makes them very satisfying
Jocelyn- when making roasted tomato, lentil, eggplant stew there is a great sound that comes from tearing the juicy, canned whole tomatoes by hand and then dropping them into the pot (per the recipe's instructions!).
Renne: A chocolate machine, a chocolate fountain, and the soft whirrr (and the visual is really nice flowing). And inevitably the table where the fountain is located also has a nice collection of happy laughter too.
Steve: Trying to make Indian rice in the style of my wife. The sound is the key to things – saute basmati rice in oil a couple minutes with high heat, then boil water at the same time. The sound when you pour the boiling water into the pot with hot oil and rice, and the really great steam sound that erupts when the water is sucked up into the rice. (he admits that during his last attempt to make the rice he didn't hear that sound, and the rice took twice as long and turned out mushy). Now you know.
Henry has a new album called Pivot out on Bandcamp, an homage to improvisation and the greats of the field and a little bit about omicron and themes of cycling and return. (Steve said, it sounded somehow familiar and then realized after Henry shared his inspirations that it was probably those references to Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, and Stockhausen.
Renne: said it sounded jazzy but unhurried.
John: noticed that he was following along anticipating the cyclical parts (given the mention of that at the start). He might not have heard that without the introduction. The piece had an impression of
sounds leaving the room but never quite leaving altogether...kind of like COVID in that way.
Jocelyn shared a short story that she produced years ago that wove a love story and the commercial songs from Hershey's. It was meant to be a celebration of a Reese's Peanut Butter cup love story.
(Steve enjoyed the bustle of a cafe where the two love birds were talking – the tape was clear and also textural. John mentioned that it feels like a time long gone after a few years of us all being isolated.
Steve shared audio from a time when he found himself in Kansas City at a pivotal moment. It was the day after the Paris, France bombings and learned that KC calls itself the “Paris of the Plains.” He gathered all his sounds by iPhone.
(Henry was very moved by the collections of acknowledgements across faiths.
John- really appreciated that too and how it captured a dramatic and painful day in a memorable way.