Alberto, pop rocks
Steve, crunching nonpareils
Jocelyn, kneading bread and the sound of air escaping (aka the escaping “bread farts”)
Tanya, her cat eating food without chewing
Stella, slurping – both satisfying and giggle-inducing.
Will, bubble tea bobba-ball-chewing, and also the sound of his pizza cutter coming out of the drawer (he and Tanya may compose a duet of pizza cutters...maybe!).
Ben, an oyster knife sliding into an oyster and the sucking sounds of the opening and scrapping heard when working to release the oyster.
Henry, bratwurst and onions sizzling in avocado oil, (and the delicious, not particularly sonically hearty) french dressing with dijon mustard added.
Steve got the audio playback portion of the night started when he shared an NPR highlights reel he produced a while back. It featured some memorable clips including a great moment with Susan Stamberg in the closet crunching a wintergreen Life Saver to test the spark!
Jocelyn shared a sound clip she received via email from her friend Ruth which featured some satisfyingly sharp scissors cutting into fabric.
Henry said that inspired him to think of a Yoko Ono film called Cut Piece (https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/yoko-ono-cut-piece-1964/) and may inspire a future performance art ensemble musical piece from Henry created entirely by amplified cutting sounds - stay tuned!).
Jocelyn also played a short video recording that her sister captured of a Brooklynite beating, with a wooden stick, the frozen ice surface of a winter pond in Prospect Park. The wood on ice combo generated laser alien sounds.
Tanya shared “First Happening” an original composition crafted from naturally captured sounds like “leaf suckers” and their stereo movements transformed to create an arc of time and space.
For some it called to mind 2001 Space Odyssey, for others it was,“both familiar and unknown.”
Henry closed out the night with an original composition titled, “Journey to Delphi.” Impressions from the group included: “a processional feel,” “like a piece about memory” and “false endings and codas” and “liked the way it moved to shift directions into new scenes.”
Henry revealed it was all created on Tetrax organ!
Looking forward to listening with you all in March.