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 Sound of
9-11-01 Visioning Sound


 On a


Jessie Allen Cooper
Remembering the day the earth stood still"


Twenty years ago 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 happen 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.

My peace be with you,

All The Best Jessie Allen Cooper,

Jessie on the Johnny Neurotic Show - 9-11

 9-11-01 - Jessie Allen Cooper

 Track Listing:
1. Mayor of New York
2. Out of the Shadows
3. Re-Mix / Presdent of USA
4. Lament
5. Flight 11
6. Aspects of the Heart
7. Dark Tuesday
8. Wednesday's Reflection
9. The End of Innocence
10. A Meditation
11. Mystery of Iniquity
12. Prayer for Peace

"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
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 Waves (ASCAP)

Released to press August 1st, 2002- public release August 18th. Completed on Veterans Day, 2001, this timely recording was conceived and written between 9-11-2001 and 9-14-2001 as a response to the tragic events of that momentous day. This vivid musical tribute has a sense of a dual reality -- middle east meets west and destruction meets healing. Using sound bytes from the ubiquitous television coverage of those first few days, together with eastern instrumentation and two female vocalists, this recording resonates with the composer's deep concern for all humanity.

      Saints and sages of all religions,
      I humbly bow to you,
      in hopes that a healing will take place,
      in our country, for our world, and amongst our
      families and friends...
      and that the world community will rise together
      to fight against terrorism,
      and to heal the world of hunger and fear...

      J.A.C. 2001


9-11-2001 (the first 4 days)
      In the middle of August 2001, I was preparing to record a new album, installing a recently acquired keyboard along with a digital recording setup. Then, I surrounded myself with some outboard gear, a good microphone and my acoustic instruments. At the time of visualizing my stage, all I knew was that a new project would come out of this innovative way of creating.What it was or why I would be creating it was not clear.After settting up the equipment, I made myself perfectly ready to record.Then, I went on vacation for a week, arriving back late on the Thursday before "Dark Tuesday." Having rested and settled back in, on Monday night, September 10th, I recorded my first rhythm track. On Tuesday morning the phone rang. It was my dear friend, Pamela. She was quite worriedand almost in tears. "Turn on the TV," she said. "The United States has been attacked." At first, I didn't get it. I was in great disbelief that this tragedy could have happened: The World Trade Center collapsing in front of my face on the television, the Pentagon on fire, in total four planes having crashed. I usually have a big agenda on Tuesdays; however, I decided to only take care of the basics that day, and started recording. While tracking, I had the idea of recording conversations from the TV. By this time I had tracked about 30 minutes of music and was unstoppable.The various sound bytes had become a part of the composition. I just kept going and going and going and listening and listening and listening and recording and recording and recording. By the start of the fourth day I had completed the basic tracks for over two hours of music. Finally, it hit me why I was doing this! As the reality unfolded on the TV screen and we found out who the terrorists were, I decided to incorporate elements of middle eastern music into my composition, together with a need to express the sense of devestation and horror that was taking place.

My hope is that this music could help bring about some healing to the listener.

Jessie Allen Cooper