The Phil Sessions are guerrilla recordings of Saint Louis artists in public spaces.
In early 2007, I was asked by the now-defunct quarterly magazine 52nd City (52ndcity.com
) to contribute a Saint Louis-centric recording for their SOUND issue, which was to include a CD. For my contribution, I invited eight other artists to join me for a few days of unauthorized recording in sonically unique Saint Louis locations. These impromptu performances were captured in the midst of unassuming environments and, as much as they each feature a different artist, each one also tells a story of the space around them.
The Phil Sessions
1. Dave Stone: Saxophone, under Highway 70 at Washington Avenue during rush hour on March 8th, 2007.
2. Fred Friction: Spoons and vocals, Modern Art wing of the Saint Louis Art Museum on March 7th, 2007.
3. Jeremy Brantlinger: Drums, Phillip Metal Scrap Yard on March 7th, 2007.
4. Sunyatta Marshall: Vocals, The Whispering Arch at Union Station on March 9th, 2007.
5. Brett Underwood: Spoken word, Bird House at the Saint Louis Zoo on March 7th, 2007.
6. Jeremy Kannapell: Battery-powered electronics, the bank of the Mississippi River at the end of Mullanphy Street on March 8th, 2007.
7. Jason Hutto: Guitar and vocals, Metrolink crossing at Boyle Avenue on March 9th, 2007.
8. Derrick Mosley: Saw, on top of the bar at CBGB on March 9th, 2007.
9. Eric Hall: Shortwave radio, police scanner, CB radio, baliphone, Casio SK-1, and leaves, the trails through the woods of Laumeier Sculpture Park on March 10th, 2007.
Concept, recording, editing, and mastering by Eric Hall.