This is the thread for the actual recording project. Stay tuned! I'll be uploading sheet music and click tracks later today.

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Johan

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I hereby solemnly join this new thread.   Here's to another great recording!

The files are now downloadable in the dropbox: http://virtualartists.com/page/virtualchoir-downloads

Look in the folder named Angels sang.

Angels_sang_choir_4p.pdf is all four choir parts on four pages.

Angels_sang_choir_4p_pf.pdf is same with added piano, if anyone wants to view it.

Angels_sang_choir_A.pdf, Angels_sang_choir_B.pdf, Angels_sang_choir_S.pdf, Angels_sang_choir_T.pdf are one page sheets with only one choir part on each (Alto, Bass, Soprano and Tenor, if you didn't figure out the letters :) :P )

Angels_Sang_Full_with_clicktrack.mp3 is the full click track, all 4 parts and some drum that counts in and supports the pulse.

Angels_Sang_SA_with_clicktrack.mp3 and Angels_Sang_TB_with_clicktrack.mp3 are click tracks with only female voices and only male voices respectively.

Any click track can be used for the recording, as well as any pdf. I did the one page sheets if you don't want to fuss with several paper sheets.

Notes for each part how to perform

Sopranos

Note that in bar 3 you sing a 4th note, tone B, on the syllable "-nounce" in first verse, whereas you sing two 8th notes, tones B and A, on the syllables "-fill-ing"

Bars 13 to 20 tend to be a bit exhausting. Keep the last note in each phrase, bars 14, 16 and 18, light and short and you might even have time to breathe.

Allow yourself to similar light endings of the shorter phrases in the melisms in bars 33-35. The phrases are marked with slurs and with commas in the lyrics.

Note bar 20, where soprano sings a D#, where alto sings D natural. We might have similar dissonaces elsewhere. They are on purpose.

The short "a-a" thing in bar 36 is just a soft chord background and doesn't connect to the following bar.

Altos

Bars 13 to 20 tend to be a bit exhausting. Keep the last note in each phrase, bars 14, 16 and 18, light and short and you might even have time to breathe.

Note bar 20, where soprano sings a D#, where alto sings D natural. We might have similar dissonaces elsewhere. They are on purpose.

Allow yourself to similar light endings of the shorter phrases in the melisms in bars 33-35. The phrases are marked with slurs and with commas in the lyrics.

Before that, note how your lyrics go in 28-31: "Sing allelu, alleluia, alleluia, luia," breaking the word.

The short "a-a" thing in bar 36 is just a soft chord background and doesn't connect to the following bar.

Tenors

Bars 13 to 20 tend to be a bit exhausting. Keep the last note in each phrase, bars 14, 16 and 18, light and short and you might even have time to breathe.

In bar 24, tenor starts like singing the melody, giving away the focus to soprano after "sing". Brilliance is desired.

In 30, tenor has A, while bass has A#. Mind that!

In 33, tenor is allowed to compete with the ladies.

Basses

Bars 13 to 20 tend to be a bit exhausting. Keep the last note in each phrase, bars 14, 16 and 18, light and short and you might even have time to breathe.

In 30, tenor has A, while bass has A#. Mind that!

Other than that

You may want to rehearse with the full click track to get a feel of how the full harmony works. You may also want to sing with any file you still can find in the former thread, where you hear the piano accompaniment.

But for recording, use only the click tracks in the dropbox! I guess our sound engineer prefers recordings including at least one verse plus chorus per file (chorus starting at bar 21). Of course, recording the whole song in one go is fine. But we're going to cut everything in half anyway, because it will be decided on the editing table how the second verse connects to the first ending. The click tracks might have a too big gap there, only for the drum count in to work well for us.

When uploading files, include in file name the following: name, voice, v1 or v2 or whole. Ex:

johan_bass_v1.mp3

or johan_bass_whole.mp3

Feel free to include more info in the file name, if you think it is important for the sound engineer, f.i. take1, take2.

Ok I'm in! Will record by end of next week.

I plan to record multiple parts as my contribution.

Great! Thanks for that. You mean bass and tenor?

Ok, I'm back and ready to get going on this  -  can do either female voice but will do alto by default as I assume you will have soprano.  And I may be able to get you a tenor (if he gets his voice back in time from a nasty cold).

Nice job Julie and Johan with the editing last week.  I was watching via email and iphone.  :-)


Yes, base andtenor


Johan Halmén said:

Great! Thanks for that. You mean bass and tenor?

Again, great! I wish I could sing the tenor, but it gets a bit high. Anyway, I guess we can use all the recorded tracks, no matter whether one person is heard in two parts. I guess we never get rid of the feel that the final product is a product of heavy use of a computer. Though the result of our "June" project was very satisfying, I guess we all agree that a "real" choir with say 16 people would have sounded better.

Anyhow, I wish I could do some recordings already, but I caught a flu and have fever. Not very good timing with school ending on Friday, where I'm supposed to have music performances with my pupils.

Oh dear Johan - so sorry you have the flu!   How rough, with end of semester and Christmas coming soon.  I do hope you get better soon.

We had several people singing more than one part on "June" and it worked very well.  Some "real live" choirs of 16 would have sounded better, many would have sounded not nearly as good!  ;-)  I was very happy with the result.  We might have a chance to find out this spring whether a live choir can do as well or better.  "June" is a National Finalist in the MTNA Composition Competition!  The winning piece will be performed in Chicago in March.   I'll keep everyone posted about that ...

Sure hope you feel better quickly Johan.  A couple of my students are also sick and had to cancel (and cancel finals at school) -- couldn't sing.  I have it on my schedule to get down to recording my part this week assuming I don't get what they all have! 

I am currently working on learning my part and for this I imported an .xml version into Noteflight.  If any of you use noteflight (a web based notation software which allows free membership -- for first 10 scores) I have a stripped down practice version of Angels up there and can send you a link and selectively share the score with those learning it (but need your email to do that).  I like using this because I can modify tempo instantly to slow it down for practice and then gradually speed it up.  It also allows me to move through my part note by note.  Certainly I can play this on my own keyboard however i focus better on the vocal part if I'm not also playing keyboard. 

Those of you who teach -- I find Noteflight invaluable.  The membership for unlimited number of scores is quite reasonable, around $50 US per year.

Let me know if you would like a link to the Noteflight practice version.  Send me your email so I can link it to the score.  It will require you to also register for a free Noteflight account but I do not find that the free registration causes spam email or other problems.  It seems to be a pretty straightfoward and useful website.

My Christmas Eve present  -- :)  got the alto done.  I am not sure how we are supposed to upload so I'm just uploading it here.

In the interest of getting it done there are some nuances I'll trust for Ray to tweek.  I'm a perfectionist and this isn't there yet but its good enough for now I hope.  Will be happy to redo if not.

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