Epic, bizarre, melodic, noisy, surprising, and most of all .. beautiful!
In the spirit of bringing commerce-free, live music into situations where it is least expected, Oakland artists Jon Brumit and Lisa Mezzacappa announce the debut of GOLD RECORD STUDIO, a free public recording studio at the Laney College Swap meet. The public was invited to the flea market every Sunday from April 15 through May 20, 2007 to record a GOLD RECORD on the spot, with guest Bay Area musicians. The open-air, bare-bones studio was equipped with an antique record cutter, a stack of homemade blank plastic records, a full set-up of instruments, and a packed roster of guest musicians. In the first two weeks, Gold Record Studio recorded members of a Serbian prog-rock band, a record producer from Cameroon, a neighborhood video artist/indie rocker, DJ Ready Red from the Ghetto Boys, a family of amazing drummers, an accordionist who promised to return with his entire zydeco band, and a new age acoustic guitarist named Don Ho, among many others. Participants have ranged in age from about 8 to 65, and have included Chinese, Mexican and African immigrants, as well as local audiophiles, amateur musicians, and professional recording engineers, producers and musicians.