"Having such limited time to write and record 10 songs will also force us to rely on improvisation and first instinct."
Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter and jazz bassist extraordinaire, has announced her new album, though she hasn’t written any songs. On Sept. 12 at 12 p.m. Eastern, Spalding will begin writing and recording her next album, aptly titled Exposure -- move over, Robert Fripp -- limiting herself to a 77-hour timeframe and live-streaming the entire thing. (Yes, that includes the sleep breaks). The audience will be able to chat comments to Spalding during the process. There will be other musicians and the expected “special guests” involved in the project as well.
Spalding seems to be set on dividing the music she makes into 10 songs. In a press statement, she writes:
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.