Today, a very short post, of course related to my different coming outs of these past weeks. I’m questioning the length of concerts and recordings, because in case you didn’t notice, concerts are long and the length of recordings has gradually increased since the 60′s, but is it for the best?
Over the last weeks I have been expressing lots of controversial ideas and swimming against the tide. I needed to set up the scenery before detailing some specific actions. I made my case about the bad working conditions of musicians and how these force us to lower our expectations and, far worse, the quality of our work. I also spoke last week about the musician’s lack of interest for other media as art forms and his/her wrong obsession with a dying art form: the concert. Of course, this has consequences on the way I work, especially in studio. Today, I’d like to share today some of the changes I’ll be operating in the following weeks concerning one of my prefered medium: recordings.
Pianist Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont launches a $7000 online fundraising campaign for the first volume of his project album Beethoven Evolutions, dedicated to 6 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, on GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/Beethoven).
I’m super excited. In 2 weeks, I’m going to finally hit the studio to record the first volume of Beethoven – Evolutions. Last time I was in a studio for recording sessions was for this album in December 2011. Yes, that was a long time ago for someone who particularly loves studio work and its atmosphere. What am I thinking about a few days before flying to the studio? Keep reading to discover it.
Since my youth, I have a passion for studio equipment, recording and editing techniques. knew a lot about the brands, their different products, the software (yes, I’m young enough not to have lived the glorious era of tape recorders) and if I don’t really up to date with that now, I’ve been much more interested in exploring the possibilities offered by the tools and how this can serve the music I play and the recording I want to produce.
It’s funny to see how ideas can sometimes evolve quickly and how priorities can be reassessed. About 10 days ago, my next album project was unveiled: I’ll record in March three Beethoven sonatas (Eb Major, C# minor Moonlight and D Major Pastoral) as the first volume of a project called Beethoven – Evolutions. Initially, Beethoven should not have been part of the plan. So what did happen?
Time flies when you have a an album on its way… We all know how much every new experience can change the way you see (or think about) things. If I still believe in these thoughts written a few months ago, this recording sessions for my first album really modified my perception of studio work.