In Which Pat Noecker (RAFT) Plays an 8 a.m. Show in the Window of the Brooklyn Launch Pad

Rebecca Smeyne
Unless afterhours debauchery is your thing (or if you count subway troubadours), you've probably never been to an 8 a.m. show, especially on a weekday. RAFT, the new project of bassist Pat Noecker (formerly of These Are Powers, Liars, and the riotously named Urethra Franklin), set out to change that this week via "an early-morning series of performances, called "Observer Observed, An Abstract Occupation." Taking place in the window of a Franklin Avenue storefront belonging to an arts space called The Brooklyn Launch Pad in Crown Heights, the shows were intended for passers-by and "to occupy a time of day that is ordinarily unoccupied by live performance and sound." Speakers were positioned on the sidewalk, and as one approached the area, a pleasing sound not unlike windchimes began to emerge. Once closer, the sound grew more complex; in RAFT, Noecker plays "a handmade bass/harp/kalimba called The Burner Bass," designed by himself and Holland-based avant-instrument builder Yuri Landman. Guests musicians Paul Weil and Ted McGrath were on hand as well. Video here and pics above.

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