Order of Service
- 18% contributed
- 82% to go
In a Nutshell
Order of Service is a personal and universal ode to an ancestral legacy in which sound and sacred space are tools for healing. It is a loving tribute to my grandmother, LaRuth Bush-Carr, whose voice and sound recordings will be the basis of this project. Furthermore, this represents my very ambitious attempt to create a thoughtful space that can be repurposed for other sound design artists. My love of sound and music, and fabricating spaces and objects in which to enjoy them, has carried me through most of my life’s journey. My grandmother also loved music and used it as a self-healing mechanism. Although our approaches were different across generations, I’m excited to find a common and creative ground with this material and idea. For the first time, this project will create an opportunity for our healing sounds and spaces to be in conversation with one another. Your contributions will directly support the design and fabrication of the sound installation, which I feel will resonate with anyone interested in ancestral Black legacies.
The Full Story...
Long before I became a DJ nearly 10 years ago, I've harnessed the language of music and sound as a communication and healing tool. Often this is how I bonded with loved ones, friends, and strangers. It is through sound that I’ve found and expressed myself during life’s most uncertain, challenging, and even clearest moments. I use sound and fabrication as methods of healing myself and others. As it goes, so did my grandmother and many of our ancestors.
The basis for this project will be a vocal and musical conversation with my maternal grandmother, LaRuth Bush-Carr, who I spent the duration of my life in close quarters with. She was a dedicated Christian who loved to be in church and to help and heal other people. She was in church even when she wasn’t physically able to be there. LaRuth endlessly listened to Gospel music, recordings of the church sermons, and even Christian Drama monologues. These sounds contributed to her daily survival for as long as they could. This time two years ago, it no longer served that purpose.
With this campaign I will gather and present a collage that explores these sounds of survival for LaRuth, for myself, and for countless other Black women. This will be my first major sound design installation and large-scale structure fabrication. With this project I’m aiming to explore the possibilities of creating a mobile sound space that can be used by other artists in the future as well. This will require a very thoughtful selection process for materials and design. Build-out of the physical space is what this campaign will be primarily used for, including wooden soundproofing materials, audio equipment, seating, and other hardware. The design of the sound booth aims to accommodate at least five people at a time.
The funds also would contribute to consultant and labor fees for my collaborator, Mejay Gula, and a sound engineer. Mejay is an architect and SAIC faculty member whose practice of making becomes a celebration of history, memory, environment, and interpretation. Furthermore, she is interested in the sound of architecture and small-scale experiential and sacred structures.
Once completed, I will host a public dialogue and exhibition for Order of Service. The sound design will eventually live on my website and the portable sound booth will be stored away until another sound artist wants to use it.
By contributing to this endeavor, you will not only be contributing to the expressive language of sound as a means of spiritual and emotional connection, you will also play an important role in developing spaces and resources for sound installation artists to experiment and realize more of these kinds of projects. Thank you in advance for supporting Order of Service!
Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.
- $15 - Social media + newsletter shout-out
($15.00 is tax deductible.)
- $30 - Above + your name permanently listed as contributor on our project web page and on our first program brochure
($30.00 is tax deductible.)
- $50 - Above + "Order of Service" inspired mix or playlist courtesy of DJ Rae Chardonnay
($30.00 is tax deductible.)
- $100 - Above + handmade wooden tealight candle + incense holder courtesy of Rae Chardonnay (limited to 10 donation gifts)
($50.00 is tax deductible.)
- $200 - Above + one-on-one, coffee, wine, or tea chat + tour of "Order of Service" + digital download of "Order of Service" soundscape
($150.00 is tax deductible.)
- $600 - Above + 3 hour DJ set courtesy of Rae Chardonnay for an event of your choice (limited to 5)
($350.00 is tax deductible.)
- No updates yet, stay tuned!
Rashayla Marie Brown
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