23 Nov Sound Bites
Host of Food Jams, Jade de Waal, called on some talented friends to turn a regular Food Jam into an audio/visual/food experience.
Here’s an excerpt from Atiyyah Khan’s words about the project/evening/experiment:
One of the advantages of living in a city that sometimes feels like a village, is that the opportunities for collaboration in music present themselves far more frequently. Sound Bites, an improvised food jam, is an example of that process.
The idea was brainstormed by jazz musician and electronic producer Shane Cooper and food enthusiast and music student Jade de Waal (Masterchef). The brief was to record sounds typically made in a kitchen and then ask three producers to create a track separately, each using the same samples. Illustrators and visual DJ’s would be invited to create artwork for the music made. The entire process would last a few hours. The result turned out far more interesting.
On the evening of Sound Bites, De Waals kitchen was bustling with activity. Sean Ou Tim (Mr Sakitumi), Ross Fink (Dank) and Shane Cooper ( Cardonspokes) were the three producers chosen. VJs Inka Kendria (The Grrl) and Anwar McWhite (Storyboy) were on board on the visual side and illustrators Mary-Jane Oliver and Caroline Vos set to work on cover art. One Dog Chicken Productions was present to film the entire event and photographer Sarah Nankin documented the rest.
The three producers quickly took to finding objects around the kitchen to create sounds. Over 30 percussive samples were recorded around the kitchen. These include beans shaking in glass bottles, microwave beeps, fridge doors slamming and onions being chopped.
Once the samples were recorded, the house was set into a quiet, serious creative space as the producers worked silently in one room. New York based Jazz vocalist Nicky Schrire was around to provide vocal samples. In another room of the house, The Grrrl and Storyboy re-arranged household objects for visual projections and even created managed to create short stop-motion pieces. At the same time, speed-making gourmet pizzas were made in a wood oven in the kitchen and later vegetarian dim sum.
Listen to the final results at soundcloud.com/foodjams
The video was produced by One Dog Chicken.
Photos by Sarah Nankin.