Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter Esperanza Spalding has announced her plans to write and record her next album, Exposure via a 77 hour Facebook Livestream.
Spalding, who has just joined the faculty of the Department of Music at Harvard University as Professor of the Practice, had this to say about the upcoming event:
"I foresee that creating before a live audience will add excitement and extra inspiration energy. Knowing someone is watching and listening to what you’re making seems to conjure up a sort of “can’t fail” energy. The necessity to keep going because it’s live draws up another depth of creative facility that can’t be reached when you know you can try again tomorrow.
Having such limited time to write and record 10 songs will also force us to rely on improvisation and first instinct. Not allowing us time to judge, second guess, question, or alter the initial hits of inspiration that drive the creation of each song.
That means that the audience will get a record of the most potent, charged, fresh-from-the ethers-compositional, musical and lyrical content. Of course they will be formed into songs, but they’ll carry the charge of the immediate, of the innately inspired artists co-creating in the room throughout the 3 day process.”
Recording of the album will take place on September 12th at 12 p.m. EST.