Our friends Suelin and Dave enjoying Birch Bark Consommé de Volaille with Szechuan Ham, Hakurei Turnip, and Crisp Dandelion Leaf with Licorice Powder. This was one of 10 courses from Beside the White Chickens: A Summer Food Opera, a collaboration between composer Ben Houge, chef Jason Bond and sous chef Rachel Miller of Bondir restaurant in Cambridge, MA, producer and artist Jutta Friedrichs, and sound designer Stephan Moore. Each diner got their own speaker that provided a custom generated soundtrack for each dish, 30 channels of real-time, algorithmic sound, transforming the entire restaurant into an emergent sound installation.
Enrique Gonzalez Muller recorded the instrumental sessions for the event and provided support in speaker set-up, and musicians included Melissa Howe, viola; Fernando Brandão, flute; Margaret Phillips, bassoon; Peter Cokkinias, clarinet; Ro Rowan, cello; and Ben Houge, miscellaneous percussion, voice, and accordion. This project was supported by a Berklee College of Music Faculty Recording Grant (everyone in this paragraph teaches or is a student at Berklee).
More on the event is here: