THE GUEST & THE HOST
The Guest and the Host: Make Music is 90 Minute recording experience that literally anyone can participate in. Regardless of how proficient, experienced, or intimidated you may be, this process of playing instruments, singing, and sound mixing is made simple, easy and enjoyable.
- Los Angeles, CA
- 1-2 person shows
- No musical talent required.
- Professionally customized song that you created
- Multiple instruments and tools to use
- Bring an open mind and a willingness to play
More on The Guest and The Host
The Guest and The Host: Make Music is an immersive exploration of music by co-creators Spencer Williams and Andrew Heringer. It’s a one-on-one, ninety-minute experience in which you explore yourself, play with a new friend, and walk out having created something beautiful.
The Guest and The Host: Make Music, at its core, is a collaboration between guest and host, in which one audience member or two works with Heringer to produce a song. Upon entering a small studio nestled close to the Hollywood sign, you are invited to play. Not necessarily play an instrument, but just play. Explore the studio, pick up a book and ruffle through the pages (that’s a noise); make a funny sound (that’s a noise too); or grab a wooden mallet and pound away at a drum set (that’s definitely a noise). There’s no musical talent required—just a desire to explore and create.
To facilitate the experience, Heringer and Williams ask three simple questions before you arrive: one dealing with your relationship to music, another on how you’re feeling, and a final one on your inspirations. While these answers may change between your submission and your studio date, they are only stepping stones to help your song take form. After all, this song is a part of you; it’s your story to tell.
For those who lack any musical talent, don’t worry about the cohesiveness of the noises and sounds you make; just have fun with it. Heringer is a musical genius who knows how to play everything from guitar to piano to violin; if you can’t decide on the next steps, he’ll suggest an instrument to play with; and once you accumulate your sounds, he’ll be happy to help weave the sounds into a cohesive quilt of melody and rhythm.
Reminiscent of choose-your-own-adventure novels or branching immersive experiences, each choice you make leads you down a different path of vibration and voice. From the first step of selecting your time signature, you are locking yourself into a given path. But there are infinite choices to make; come back, and explore another instrument, another rhythm, another aspect of yourself.
There is also an element of magic in The Guest and The Host: Make Music. I would assume that producing a song is a complex, intricate process—but with Williams working diligently behind the scenes, Heringer makes this process seem simple, easy to understand, and brimming with magic. With an electronic board in front of him lit by various colors, the sounds you create are recorded and layered with only the touch of a button. These can be transformed easily and integrated together in real-time, so you have the instant gratification of hearing back the layers of your hard work as you progress.
ABOUT THE CREATORS: Make Music was created by a two-person team, of Andrew Heringer (The Guest and the Host / Milo Greene / Atlantic Records), and Spencer Williams (creator/Artistic Director of Walk the Night, Immersive consultant for Kaidan: Walls Grow Thin, producer of Mother’s Milk: A Film Quilt).
To hear a sample of some of the songs that have been created in previous Make Music sessions, check out their YouTube Channel. or the collection of the first album released on Spotify(or wherever you stream music)
MORE ON HAUNTING
Haunting is a resource for immersive theater and horror fans in Los Angeles and across the world, promoting art and community. Want to help us reach even more people, and get some cool perks and experiences? For as little as $1 a month, you can join our Patreon and help us keep bringing content to life.
If you like the above company and want to find more like it, make sure to join our community. If Facebook is your favorite, follow us there and become a part of our groups for Immersive Horror fans and Immersive creators. We’re active on Instagram, posting evocative imagery and informative stories to promote our reviews and recollections; follow us there. You can even find us on twitter; click here to follow. For those who want to explore deeper, we have a vibrant Slack community with new event alerts and immediate ticket sale announcements; click here to join. Finally, we have a newsletter that comes out once a week; click here to sign up.
So however you like your news being delivered, we have something haunting for you.