Modality Presents Sunday, May 2nd (FreeSessions + Racer Sessions = Zoom Sessions)

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:

Meeting ID: 899 0465 3148     Passcode: 878637

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Modality’s’s Blog Post:

The 4 members of Modality have been living in 3 different cities since
2013, and so we were veterans at playing telematically when the
pandemic hit. We’ve used several types of software and found that we
can write, practice, and even perform with relatively low latency.
Still, low latency is not zero latency, and it can be challenging to
hit marks at times. Our process has always involved harvesting and
developing musical ideas born from improvisations, and interestingly
the technology has yielded some happy accidents where we realize
listening back to a practice that the shift in timing adds something
more than playing it straight up and down. Much of our music moves
between beat driven, pop/rock-adjacent songs informed by electronic
and global rhythms, and more ambient, experimental sonic excursions
that rely on chance, improvisation, and technology. The performance we
are sharing with you is from the recent conference held by the Society
for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS) and reflects this
duality of our approach, and features the benefits and limitations of
playing live over the internet.

In the session, we invite players to listen to the digital hiccups,
timing lags, and other issues we’ve all had with Zoom over the past
year as opportunities for creative expression and enjoyment, rather as
barriers to our expected norms for musical communication.

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Following Modality’s set, the organizers will facilitate an open jam session until 6pm PST for anyone who would like to improvise!



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1. TURN ON ORIGINAL SOUND! (details below)

2. 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

3. 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.

4. 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”

5. If possible, connect to the internet with an Ethernet cable, not WiFi