Recipe (2003)

8-channel tape (and optional video)

11 min. 50 sec.

As is the case with composers or individuals in any creative field, there are those who like to “do things by the book”, and those who prefer to improvise. But what happens when a spontaneous thespian-turned-chef with a flair for the absurd meets his match in a classic cookbook’s recipe for a vegetable stew? A duel of saxophones and kitchen sounds tells the tale…

The recipe quotations in this piece were all taken from a veritable vintage cookbook. The chef’s rants, however, were completely ad lib, courtesy of Clint Enns (note: not a “real” chef nor a “real” thespian). Sax sounds were also improvised, courtesy of the composer. No vegetables were seriously harmed in the creation of this piece.