18-12-2001

hinahgift001 - Empty House Cooperative "Improvisational Dinner Music at Middle East Restaurant"

hinahgift001 - Empty House Cooperative

"Improvisational Dinner Music at Middle East Restaurant"

In order to celebrate hinah's first birthday and Christmas at the same time, Empty House Cooperative kindly gave us this improvisational concert at a restaurant. It's likely to destabilize the listeners, but it will also enable them to discover the fascinating music of this band using the surrounding noises as a new musical parameter.

hinahgift001 - Empty House Cooperative "Improvisational Dinner Music at Middle East Restaurant"
"I refer to these recordings as "dinner music" because we performed for people while they were eating dinner at a restaurant. The environment is quite noticeable, with the noise of a busy night in the background... glasses, plates, silverware, a squeaky door, and people talking...
Everybody has their own aesthetic about what makes music interesting. For some, the crowd noise might sound ugly and distracting. I feel that we were part of the dinner scene that night, and not necessarily the reason why people were there. For that reason, I can accept the background noise on the recordings as a part of the experience. Some were listening and enjoying, and some didn't seem to notice.
Hopefully, there was a soothing subconscious message in the music that quietly worked its way through to the attentive, a bit like telling dark secrets to a dog. The dog doesn't seem to care, but the person sharing the secrets feels better.
The solo violin piece is a quiet eulogy, made at my apartment in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 13th, 2001. I think I was imagining spirits rising when I played it."
- David Michael Curry


Downloadable MP3s
1 - "Untitled #1"
(DMC, Chris Brokaw, Thalia Zedek)
00:07:48 / 10.0 MB
2 - "Untitled #2"
(DMC - guitar & loop, Thalia Zedek - clarinet)
00:03:13 / 4.06 MB
3 - "Untitled #3"
(DMC - viola & loop, Thalia Zedek - clarinet)
(00:08:24) / 11.0 MB
4 - "Untitled #4"
(DMC - solo guitar & loops)
00:02:02 / 2.55 MB
5 - "Untitled #5"
(DMC - loops & trumpet, Chris Brokaw - guitar)
00:18:44 / 24.7 MB
6 - "Happy Birthday"
(DMC & Chris Brokaw)
00:01:02 / 1.31 MB
7 - "Violets, January 10, 2001"
(DMC, Chris Brokaw & Thalia Zedek)
00:05:42 / 7.51 MB
8 - "One Solo Violin Piece"
(DMC - solo violin, made on September 13, 2001)
00:01:48 / 1.81 MB

Recording Info
- Music by Empty House Cooperative
- Recorded on January 10, 2001 at Middle East Restaurant, Central Square, Cambridge, MA, USA except "One Solo Violin Piece" recorded on September 13, 2001

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