BOAC Street Studio
Each year, Bang on a Can hosts a full, continuous day of completely free new music at its annual Marathon concert in NYC. Our FSN crew joined Bang on a Can's Marathon at the Brookfield Plaza's Winter Garden in 2014, setting up a Street Studio to invite show goers, festival musicians and unsuspecting passersby to collaborate and improvise on the following tracks.
Dates: June 22, 2014
Location: New York, NY
Studio Team: Beatriz Ramirez-Belt, Ezra Tenenbaum, Jeremy Thal, Elena Moon Park
Partners: Bang on a Can
About Street Studios |
Street Studios take the basic elements of the music studio to a public place and make the process accessible to anyone in the surrounding area -- revealing a sort of sonic collective unconscious of a community. With a simple setup, musicians and producers begin a process of creating and recording music, while at the same time encouraging passersby to join in. Traffic, chatter, birds, stories, spontaneous songs are all incorporated into music composed on the spot. Often people will begin a musical idea only to have it finished by someone passing by an hour later. After the session, producers craft these recordings into cohesive pieces, attempting to capture the energy of the particular space. These finished songs and soundscapes are then shared with all who participated.