We woke up early to go record the fish market, guided through Rui's memory, who told us about being taken there by his father a lot when he was little. Coming back to PIPINOIR, we readily received Carlos Jorge who, with his radiophonic voice, interpreted and described what one could hear from the market recording. He then pointed us towards a bunch of sounds, but before that, he still recalled some songs, although at the end he had sung not very much. In the meanwhile, we discovered that, indeed, Carlos Jorge does actually know how to play chordophones! At least, the bits enough to demonstrate his skills at the Bailinho [Madeiran traditional improvisatory music style]! In the end, he indicated us a conveniently neighbouring sound, right on Rua dos Aranhas, from the time when the stonework from streets used to still be hammered down on the sand, and not on cement as it now is done. He described sounds so percussively district, that he concluded that someday someone should do a piece dedicated to those sounds only!
Then there came Roberto Moritz, who until now was the most concise. He even played his famous 'Dança da toutinegra' and a groove from Pink Floyd, which he adapted right there for his little machete (made by Carlos Jorge). After we said goodbye, we crossed Rua das Mercês, for it was there, nearby his father's house, that he remembers hearing the scissors sharpeners, with these characteristic cane flutes, which they used in their callings. We recorded, obviously, the absence of such a sound. Then we came back to PIPINOIR so that Sara could continue the interviews.
On our way back, for the second time already, we found people sitting on the entrance's steps. What an inviting door! This time it was Hugo and his son Adei from the Basque Country. We invited them in for a kind of a "pre-inauguration", which Adei produced an experimental recording of. He truly loved handling our wide-angle Sony camera for some minutes. In the end, he said it looked like just on TV.
We recorded Fernanda, who made herself well heard, garnished with some really nice references from the 80's experimental vocal music. She told us it was very nice to have been able to recall all these songs and singing them, which made us so happy. We then booked a visit to her office on another day, to record this little brook, which one can only hear if access is granted to the inside of this housing complex where she works.
Close to 7 pm, everything got prepared for the official opening, to which around fifty people came, which we thought was quite good, given that the house was literally filled up completely with such a special group of people. There was family, friends, tourists and lots of curiosity. The representatives of the main cultural institutions were also present, Natércia Xavier from the Regional Cultural Bureau and Sandra Nóbrega from the City Hall, who were key actors in financing this project. It was truly a varied house, full of so interesting and enriching moments and opinions.
Photograph by Rui A. Camacho
Photographs by Sara Rodrigues