Two Functions in Three Dimensions: music for meditative cooking is a new ambient work by Nat Evans for electric bass, gong resonated by subwoofer, and field recording. The bass is performed by Scott Worthington, a Los Angeles-based composer and bassist. Over the course of 35 minutes, the work slowly unfolds and aids the listener in being in the moment, with particular usefulness as an aide for meditative cooking. As a longtime Zen Buddhist, Evans frequently practices Zen temple cooking and kitchen methods, and has presented numerous Sound Dinner events which merge Zen cooking and meditation with musical performance.
The music is a mathematical representation of intersecting fields, as is the title and cover image. In cooking, the field of the kitchen intersects and interacts with the literal field where food is grown. That is, mathematically, the overlapping of two (or more) functions in three dimensions. So to, in the music, the planes of the gong and bass intersect via the subwoofer resonating the gong. Simultaneously, in the kitchen Evans manifested the intersecting fields by preparing food including ingredients he grew himself in the garden, its own performative action.
“A parent protects their child from heat or cold before worrying about whether they themselves are hot or cold. This kind of care can only be understood by those who have given rise to it and realized only by those who practice it. This, brought to its fullest, is how you must care for water and rice, as though they were your own children.” – Dogen Zenji, Instructions for the Tenzo, 1237
released January 1, 2019
Nat Evans - gong, subwoofer, electronics, composition; Scott Worthington - electric bass