Esperanza Spalding edits a vocal take on her life Facebook feed of the recording process of ‘Exposure’; Photo: Esperanza Spalding/Facebook


This very moment, singer-songwriter Esperanza Spalding is creating and recording her new albumExposure, completely over Facebook live.

Starting today (September 12), she will be streaming the creation of this record for the next 77 hours. And she is super excited about it.

“I foresee that creating before a live audience will add excitement and extra inspiration energy,” Spalding said before this project started, according to Pitchfork. “Knowing someone is watching and listening to what you’re making seems to conjure up a sort of ‘can’t fail’ energy.”

She says they’ll be starting from scratch.

“Entering the studio with nothing prepared,” she says on Facebook. “Testing the theory that creations are at their most powerful the moment they’re released.”

According to Pitchfork, artists Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, and Lalah Hathaway will visit the studio to contribute to the record.

She says the Facebook feed will run uninterrupted for 77 hours.

“If there isn’t much going on while you’re here, chances are it’s nap time,” she writes. “Please check back again later.”

That’s right, every second of her time in the studio will be on Facebook, even when she’s sleeping. It sounds like she’s chosen to put herself in a musical version of The Truman Show.

She’s pressing only 7,777 copies of the record, each signed and mailed with “a piece of the note paper on which we’re writing lyrics, chords and creation-related notes.”

We get a hint of her perspective on music creation in her cover of the Norman Mapp song (as recorded by Betty Carter and Richard Weiss in 1960), “Jazz Ain’t Nothin But Soul:”

Telling folks ’bout what’s on your mind,
Jazz ain’t nothin’ but soul!

And that’s what she’s doing — putting her soul out there, unedited and unpolished, for everyone to see. No one — not even her — knows where this project will end up.

To reserve your copy of Exposure, visit her website here.