Jessie Allen Cooper
"Remembering the day the earth stood still"
Ten years ago from today I was just settling in from visiting friends in Texas. I had flown back on American Airlines from McAllen Texas to LAX (Los Angeles), several days before 9/11. At the time I was living in Santa Monica near Venice. For a couple of months I had been planning to record a new album project, I had put together a small studio, separate from my main studio. The set up was a couple of keyboards a 20-bit Adat a good microphone, a mic-pre, compressor and a 16-channel mixer. I started to record on 9/10/01 the day before 9/11, with no real direction other than starting to record a new project.
On the morning of 9/11 I received a phone call from my girl friend Pamela. She was in tears, exclaiming that America had been attacked and the world trade center was in flames on the TV, so turn on the TV and see for yourself.
At that point something happened and it was as if I was being directed, the rest became a series of improvised compositions.
Everyone was glued to the TV wondering what might be next. I then had the idea to record sound bites from the TV. At one point I put down a beat, then layered 5 tracks of what was going on, it was chaos, I ended up calling the track Dark Tuesday.
After recording for four days, by Friday I had recorded over 2 hours of music and sound bites. At that point I moved over to my main studio and I brought in my engineer Steve Katz. I recorded Jamie Papish on middle-eastern percussion and Antonine I. Harb on stringed instruments from the middle-east.
I had done some spoken words with the tracks that appear in a couple of places on the album. I brought in my friend Diane Vaughn, she did some beautiful stream of consciousness spoken words on two of the tracks. A lady named Serpentine that Jamie knew was recommended and she did some wild vocalizations and vocal effects.
Within two weeks all of the tracks were recorded and some tracks were mixed. The album was released on the first anniversary of 9/11 and all proceeds go to charities.
To hear the music go to CooperSoundWaves.com
My peace be with you, All The Best Jessie Allen Cooper
|9-11-01 - Jessie Allen Cooper|
"A Los Angeles Man has a big claim - he's the only man in the U.S.
to have recorded a full-length CD the week of Sept. 11. ****"
Adam Gnade, Wireless News Flash
"One of the most haunting releases I think I've ever heard"
IGN film force
Played on over 200 radio stations and received over 10,000 website hits.
Produced, Arranged, Soundscapes, Mixed, and Directed by Jessie Allen Cooper
Digital Sound Engineering by Steve Katz
Sound designer, Pro Tools, KYMA, Soundscapes, and Mastered with sonic WORKX at One-O-Eight Music & Sound, Venice, CA by Douglas Masla
Re-mix on President of USA by Rick Krizman
Keyboards, soprano saxaphone, and harmonium: Jessie Allen Cooper
Bass guitar: Howard Hansen
Middle Eastern percussion instruments: Jamie Papish
Middle Eastern melodic instruments: Antoine I. Harb
Spoken words: Jackie " Sawtooth" Franklin
Spoken words: Diane Vaughn
Female vocals: Serpentine
Synth Bass on Aspects of the Heart: Steve Katz
Album cover design: Paul Tanck
Painting of Jessie on inside panel: Michael Alatza
Night sounds from Heaven Sent: the late Jan Brodin
Publicity: Francesca Nemko
Computer Support: Cris Danes and Mark Helliger
Production support: Brian S. Hanish
© 2001(p) Cooper Sound
and sages of all religions,
9-11-2001 (the first 4 days)
My hope is that this music could help bring about some healing to the listener.
Jessie Allen Cooper