The 22 Magazine: How long having you been playing in Brooklyn?
Shayna Dulberger: I have been playing in Brooklyn since 2004. My first couple of gigs were at the Lucky Cat in Williamsburg. That club is not around anymore. I attended Manhattan School of Music’s Preparatory Division from age 16 to 18. I doubled in the Classical and Jazz program. I graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2005 with a degree in music. I studied to be a Jazz Musician.
22: What inspired the Basement recordings?
SD: I decided I needed to work on a conceptual project that would produce a lot of recordings. I was checking out the performance artist Tehching Hsieh. I was interested in his processes and focus on duration and repetition. For this project I was also influenced by the rhythmic elasticity and percussion of Southeast Asia, The Thai Elephant Orchestra for their sense of space and rhythm, and Throbbing Gristle for their experimentation with reverb and delay. I was also thinking a lot about the upright bass and how it doesn’t sound well on ear buds. I wanted to make recordings where the bass sounded like an upright bass but also had enough treble to cut through headphones on the subway. I made short pieces that would sound good on shuffle with a massive music library. After working a lot of odd jobs I thought a lot about ipod shuffles and meditation. I live pretty far south in Brooklyn.