Part 2 of the series "Studios & Satellites," featuring improvised music played over the internet during COVID-19 lockdown.
Ricardo, Vic, and I have been friends and collaborators for many years: I've known Ricardo since the early 2000s, and played with him in several different settings; Vic and I have played together countless times since 1997; the two of them have a trio, with percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, called NRA. However, COVID-19 lockdown has led to us playing as a trio for the first time ever. Ricardo is in Bogotá, Colombia, while Vic and I live just down the street from each other in Florence, Massachusetts. In spite of that proximity, we still play remotely in our separate houses.
Recorded in April and June 2020, using Zoom for a visual and (temporary) audio connection. Each of us also recorded our own sounds at home, using direct connections to recorders, and headphones to avoid spilling into each others microphones. Later we were able to line up the recordings, and Ricardo worked some magic on mixing our geographically sprawled burblings into a beautiful trio. So what you hear is not internet chat audio, compressed and choppy, but much closer to the results we'd get if we were physically together in a recording studio.
This collaboration would not have been possible without satellites and other electronic devices, infrastructures, and systems - owned by companies, governments, and other mysterious institutions - that can connect our home studios.