|Emotions are high and giddiness ensues|
Not halfway there yet -- but we had a PLAN.
The following guide was drafted by our director, Pete, who sent the PDF to us the week before we started recording.
We now know how true, how true! Now, I will turn this post over to Pete --
HOW-TO prepare for
a SUCCESSFUL recording session...
FOOD & DRINK
|Josee and Diane during a break.|
• Bring lots of liquid, water, tea, whatever works for you.
• Watch out for thermos type containers with pressure release mechanisms. We had arecording delayed for quite some time trying to find out what the heck was making thatweird popping sound.
|Jay foils the ticking clock by removing the battery|
• Bring munchies
• Bring your dinner with you if we are recording over a dinner hour. It is hard to sing on a full tummy, so best to make wise food choices.
• Leaving during the dinner break to go home and eat or to pick something up is not suggested. I would ask that all of you bring your food with you. Leaving the recording session can introduce a whole new host of problems and delays. Let’s all stick together throughout please. No problem going outside to get some air or to unwind, but no extended excursions.
|David arriving carrying light poles and Josee helping|
• VERY IMPORTANT: We have a couple members who have anaphylactic reactions to sunflower seeds or oil, and all nuts. Please avoid these in the foods that you bring with
WHAT TO WEAR
• Dress comfortably but also watch for the kind of clothing you wear. Some clothing makes noise when you move.
• Wear comfy footwear; preferably something that won't contribute to the audio track ofthe recording. Squeaky shoes for instance.
• Bring change of clothing to maximize comfort. Sweater to warm up or t-shirt, shorts, to cool down.
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• Do not use any perfumes or scents.
• Be careful of creams you use on your skin, shampoo, hair gels or any other makeup
products. Almost 90% of the ones claiming to be scent free are not. Your nose will
reveal the truth about these. I also have a tough time with newsprint so please avoid
bring newspapers and local rags to read.
YOUR MUSIC AND YOUR VOICE
• Bring lozenges if that helps you. Whatever makes your voices work better do it.
|Adam grabs some winks|
• Get lots of rest before the recording. Arriving tired will affect intonation and pitch. You have to have lots of energy when you're doing this sort of thing.
• Prepare your music to minimize page turns.
• Know your pieces well. I direct the pieces during the recording so you have to watch me as well as your music.
• Warm up your voice prior to start time.
BEHAVIOUR & RECORDING PROTOCOLS
• Keep a positive attitude throughout. Positivism is infectious. Negativism is more infectious.
|All smiles even after hours and hours...|
• If you're beginning to feel negative, don't share. The recording can be a very long process and you may spend an hour on just one section of a piece. This can easily lead to a negative attitude and that negativism is much more infectious than positivism.
• To start a song we first sing the first note to get the pitch right. The engineer gives us the ok, and we start. When we stop, it is important to count to 5 before moving or speaking or breathing, especially in a church like St-Barnabas where the echo will ring quite a while after we’ve stopped.
|Our director gives us the first note|
• If you make a mistake while recording or mispronounce a word, do not stop. If it’s
something really obvious, more than likely I’ll catch it and stop the recording. If i don’t
stop it’s still very important that you mention the error immediately after the take, so I can check the recording in case we need to redo.
|Jay Fee, sound recording engineer extraordinaire|
Cantate Domino is dedicated to the memory of Paul Churchill, Tenor, whose voice and heart will be forever remembered.