Saturday, April 26, 2008
Another passion of mine is that of A Cappella singing. I was singing bass in a group called the UCD7 last fall when I was in school, which had eight members, but that's irrelevant. We had a gig at Dazzle Jazz Club in October, and arrived early to run through the set outside in the alley. We were in the middle of a John Paul Sharp arrangement of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" when a local intoxicated man sporting several green Mardi Gras beads and matching hat wandered over to us and started singing along, wildly out of tune. Luckily I had my Zoom H2 recorder handy, and captured the event, in which he reveals he is the self proclaimed "only black leprechaun."
A musical experience never to forget, have a listen:
UCD7 Feat. The Only Black Leprechaun
It's not a true binaural recording, so headphones aren't required, but it was recorded in the "surround" mode, so some localization effect is heard if you do use them.
Also, if you're in town, UCD7 will be singing at Dazzle again this Monday night, April 28th @ 7PM, 9th & Lincoln Downtown. Support Local Music!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
The All-Important Rule of Performance: Never play the riff of the tune you are getting ready to play during soundcheck. The rule applies to rock as well as classical concerts. I find it fascinating what musicians choose to play instead during this time.
My favorite part of a concert event is generally not the performance at all, but the ambience before, after and in-between. Especially shows with a live orchestra that warms up on stage or in the pit. The resulting sound is usually an atonal mass of sound with no structure, even to aleatoric 20th Century standards.
One of my band directors was quite aware of and must have despised this dissonant bliss, and always instructed the wind symphony to warm up only in a set concert key, limiting us to a more “pleasing” 12 note selection of the Ionian mode. I’d consistently make a point to discretely produce the occasional tritone or minor second to see if he was paying attention. He was.
I have encountered a true gem while scrutinizing the interwebs.
It is a binaural recording, so please remember to use headphones!
Please use headphones.
5287 Feet - Soundscape.mp3
Here are some reviews amongst the first handful of listeners:
“…that's great stuff. Harrowing, in a way, but very compelling.”
-Gregory T.S. Walker, Associate Professor of Music, CU Denver
“What was the point?”
-Benjamin Harris, Professor of the Recording Arts, CU Denver
“The CD is skipping…”
-Shawn McNary, Professor of the Recording Arts, CU Denver
(in response to the use of loops in the composition)
-Jeremy Pickett, CEO of Dead Sparrow Records
“I’ll listen to it when I can both find the time and my headphones…”
-Sam McGuire, Professor of the Recording Arts, CU Denver
Please take the time to comment and let me know what you think.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Hello and welcome.
My name is Brandon Jay. I have lived in
This blog will feature field recordings and sound compositions by myself and whatever I happen to come across online. Here are a few introductory links to get you started and to have an idea of what I’m all about.
Aaron Ximm of
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A great directory of field recordists and sound artists from around the world, and samples of their work.
A net label of all field recording, their entire catalogue available for free download, check ‘em out!
Wikipedia: Binaural Recording
Learn more about this phenomenon from the most reliable and trusted source in the universe!
Check back, more posts coming soon!