On the first Sunday of every month from 6-7pm (MST), the Racer Sessions (Seattle) and the FreeSessions unite to host a collaborative session on Zoom! A new featured artist presents a short set to begin the session, followed by a free-improv-based jam session that is open to all. Each month’s opening performer will also choose a social justice organization or cause that we will learn more about and direct donations toward for the month.
ZOOM Link for Sunday’s session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85752271101?pwd=UmxLNFZlcC83UDI1cmlYQ3p2ZVU4QT09
Meeting ID: 857 5227 1101
This month Missoula to Portland transplant Jenni Long and Portland-based musician London Bauman will be curating. They have chosen to highlight the Black Trans Femmes in the Arts Collective as this month’s beneficiary: https://www.btfacollective.org
We encourage you to contribute if you are able!
Following Jenni and London’s set, the organizers will facilitate an open jam session until 6pm PST for anyone who would like to improvise solo or with others.
Jenni’s Blog Post:
Over the past few months London and I have been writing music together by bringing in our individual unfinished songs, which we had previously shown no one, and helping each other finish them. The resulting sound was some mixture of folk rock, lofi, and emo. I’ve noticed that just by playing and talking through a song with another person that they usually can see immediately where and how to fill in the gaps, and vice versa. What ended up happening was when we let go of a specific desired outcome, creating with another person became a pretty effortless process. In this session we invite the players to connect with the person they’re playing music with by focusing on what they’re bringing to the table, sonically and creatively.
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ZOOM AUDIO SETTINGS RECOMMENDATIONS:
0) TURN ON ORIGINAL SOUND! (details below)
1) Use a laptop if possible (not a phone or a tablet).
a. Use headphones when playing with other people.
b. Use external mic if available.
2) Preferences/Settings → Audio
a. Turn OFF: “Automatically adjust microphone volume.”
b. Adjust Input Volume. You can click “Test Mic” to hear how it sounds.
c. Turn ON: ‘Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone.’
d. If you are using an ethernet cable, turn ON: ‘High fidelity music mode.’
e. If you are using headphones, turn OFF: ‘Echo cancellation.’
f. If you are using a stereo capable microphone or audio interface, turn ON: ‘Stereo audio.’ Ethernet cable recommended when using this setting.
3) Turn on Original Sound!
a. Turn it on in the top left of the meeting; if it’s on, it should read “Turn Off Original Sound.”
4) If possible, connect to the internet with an Ethernet cable, not WiFi.