Racer Sessions

Sundays, 8-10pm at Cafe Racer in Seattle, WA

Jared Borkowski - October 30th, 2011


I’ve learned that experimenting, even in the genre of “experimental music”, is a very difficult thing to do. It takes courage. I fear it, which is why I must do it. Experimenting is scary because it is so new. It’s the unknown. The more familiar you get with what is going to happen and how to navigate something, the less experimental it becomes, even if the results stay relatively the same throughout the process. 

I feel the need to explore; to find my own path; to truly experiment until I feel comfortable in my own skin; to examine all of the possibilities that interest me so that I may someday have a sense of my true identity as a musician.

Two things that I am very interested in are poetry and electronic music. For my Racer Session I am going to perform a series of spoken word pieces which will be electronically manipulated live. I am going to improvise with the poems both lyrically and electronically. Portions of the piece will be recited over a pre-recorded song that has been slowed down many times over. The words will likely be interrupted by excursions of sound manipulation and sound synthesis. 

For the jam session I just want people to be honest. Be honest about who you are musically. Listen for what interests you, what sounds good to you, and try to be that. Investigate why you are part of this. Investigate what you want out of it and why. Be honest. Avoid thinking about what is expected of you, or what has worked in the past, or what works for someone else. Whether it’s a new idea or an old idea, just be yourself. Use all of your strength and inspiration to be honest.