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Videos of musicians and ensembles adapting to new situation
Old 30th March 2020
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Videos of musicians and ensembles adapting to new situation

I thought it might be worth devoting a thread to videos (or archived live streams) made in this time of social distancing. Please post notable examples, good or otherwise...there are going to be plenty of small room-sounding recordings in the weeks and months to come ! I know we've seen some videos scattered across various threads, so this is an attempt to give such examples a home of their own.

All genres of music invited !

I'll kick it off with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, all players located at an appropriate distance: Mendelssohn Octet https://m.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=I...ature=youtu.be
Old 30th March 2020
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Great idea and tremendous effort and social conscience from the players.

I just wondered why the balance was so off? Each player was miked up so the first violin should have been heard more? But 100% for the idea and the effort and I'm sure such a minor niggle will be addressed by the performers with their next wonderful choice of music. Three cheers for the Melbourne SO and Australia!!
Old 30th March 2020
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This is one my sister and husband (both keen brass band players) sent from isolation on their farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0KiCXZ2IM0

Made them and me smile, even if not the normal Cory Band standard!

Cheers,

Roland
Old 30th March 2020
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Great idea and tremendous effort and social conscience from the players.

I just wondered why the balance was so off? Each player was miked up so the first violin should have been heard more? But 100% for the idea and the effort and I'm sure such a minor niggle will be addressed by the performers with their next wonderful choice of music. Three cheers for the Melbourne SO and Australia!!
I didn't see a main pair, which given the horseshoe configuration might have been expected to hang from above somewhere near the front of the octet ? So perhaps it was 8 spot mics plus added ambience ? I really disliked the frenetic pop-video camera editing, found it hard to watch more than about 2 mins of it....no problem listening to it however....great playing, despite the handicap for the players of increased distancing.
Old 30th March 2020
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This is one my sister and husband (both keen brass band players) sent from isolation on their farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0KiCXZ2IM0

Made them and me smile, even if not the normal Cory Band standard!

Cheers,

Roland
Great enthusiastic playing...requires no apologies at all !
Old 30th March 2020
  #6
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Here’s a creative presentation of a Sacred Harp (aka Shape Note) piece performed by
156 isolated singers from around the world.
To better appreciate it, it’s important to understand that Sacred Harp is sung in a square facing a leader in the center with
one section (tenor, alto, bass, β€œtreble”-soprano) on each side of the square.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xKMiPMcN_l8&t=1s

Last edited by Folkie; 30th March 2020 at 07:21 PM.. Reason: number correction
Old 30th March 2020
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300 musicians working remotely with each other:

Old 31st March 2020
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This was exemplary. Five people (plus tech) in the 4500 seat room. "Simple'" can sound so good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ6-i8hI3Gs&t=845s

Last edited by hbphotoav; 1st April 2020 at 05:27 PM..
Old 1st April 2020
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Piano Day, from Sydney Australia : https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...9dv8FrRKSPakac

Starts at 1 minute in...
Old 3rd April 2020
  #10
I challenge anyone not to be energised and invigorated by this live-streamed 2 piano romp, captured today and now on playback (link below) from Elder Hall in South Australia !

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Op.46....Stravinsky: Petrushka

https://vimeo.com/403195236

Here are the program notes: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/s...ay-3-April.pdf

Last edited by studer58; 6th April 2020 at 01:11 PM..
Old 3rd April 2020
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I challenge anyone not to be energised and invigorated by this live-streamed 2 piano romp, captured today and now on playback (link below) from Elder Hall in South Australia !

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Op.46....Stravinsky: Petrushka

https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/e...nK47zd6tyXt9JQ

Here are the program notes: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/s...ay-3-April.pdf
Very good! Must be professors at the Uni. Great playing. No sign of any mics. Interesting piano - not seen one before - two keyboards.
Old 3rd April 2020
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Very good! Must be professors at the Uni. Great playing. No sign of any mics. Interesting piano - not seen one before - two keyboards.
Very likely high overhead AB Omni KM183, good players....check out their CV's in the enclosed PDF program notes above . Good pianos too, Steinway D9's...google them if unfamiliar with the species, and topless, in this case. Keep working on the humour...some distance to go yet, though improvement has been noted of late.

BTW...no close mics whatsoever on this recording...any comments on their necessity or otherwise ? Page turns have all the necessary detail and realism...and no audience coughs !

Last edited by studer58; 3rd April 2020 at 01:14 PM..
Old 3rd April 2020
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Very likely high overhead AB Omni KM183, good players....check out their CV's in the enclosed PDF program notes above . Good pianos too, Steinway D9's...google them if unfamiliar with the species, and topless, in this case. Keep working on the humour...some distance to go yet, though improvement has been noted of late.

BTW...no close mics whatsoever on this recording...any comments on their necessity or otherwise ? Page turns have all the necessary detail and realism...and no audience coughs !
Yes, I AB'd my wife using an omni and she punched me on the nose and hit me over the head with the omni. Anyone want a bent omni? (Mind you some recordings on here are a bit bent too ...)

That goodenough Boris?
Old 3rd April 2020
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Yes, I AB'd my wife using an omni and she punched me on the nose and hit me over the head with the omni. Anyone want a bent omni? (Mind you some recordings on here are a bit bent too ...)

That goodenough Boris?
It strikes me as Morecomb than Wise...or more Norman, less Wisdom?
Old 6th April 2020
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Link revised in post #10 above, to Vimeo...for better video replay quality.

Upcoming concert live stream, from the same location....

Friday 17 April, 1:10pm

Konstantin Shamray piano

Tchaikovsky Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 80
Scriabin Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19
Medtner Sonata in E minor, Op. 25 No. 2, Night Wind (dedicated to S. Rachmaninov)
Old 7th April 2020
  #16
Tonight we livestreamed a concert which took place over Zoom, by the MSM percussion ensemble, embracing the media and choosing/writing some interesting rep to suit it:

https://vimeo.com/403122068
Old 7th April 2020
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Good choice of score for a live Zoom project.
Old 8th April 2020
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We had planned our first gig on 28 of march, but the venue was closed due to the corona situaton. so we did it "live" on YouTube, from out of our own homes.
We've used the visuals we made as a background.
Http://Live.magneet.band (youtube)
its all Dutch though.
Old 9th April 2020
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We had planned our first gig on 28 of march, but the venue was closed due to the corona situaton. so we did it "live" on YouTube, from out of our own homes.
We've used the visuals we made as a background.
Http://Live.magneet.band (youtube)
its all Dutch though.
Good use of video ! Conveys the energy of a live performance well.
Old 9th April 2020
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Tonight we livestreamed a concert which took place over Zoom, by the MSM percussion ensemble, embracing the media and choosing/writing some interesting rep to suit it:

https://vimeo.com/403122068
Were there any issues for the players with latency delay in this concert, I've heard that's a common hurdle for Zoom ?
Old 9th April 2020
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Were there any issues for the players with latency delay in this concert, I've heard that's a common hurdle for Zoom ?
The latency is unavoidable, so the rep they chose used it as a chance element in the performance!
Old 9th April 2020
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Not together 'live' but all recorded seperately and remotely. No special talent, just anybody who wanted to take part.

https://twitter.com/itvlondon/status...292251142?s=08
Old 18th April 2020
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Russian piano sonatas, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Medtner..... Vimeo and FB live streamed yesterday, program PDF downloadable too

https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/e...concert-series
Old 19th April 2020
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Me and my friends also decided to accept the challenge and record a string ensemble remotely.

The process was as follows: first I made the click track and sent it to the first violin. She recorded her part listening to the click and sent me back her recording. Then I mixed her part with the click and sent this reference track to the second violin, and she did the same. Then I mixed two violin parts and the click track and sent this reference to the viola player, and so on. We repeated the process with every ensemble member, and then I have mixed all the parts applying some reverb in process, and composited the video.

There are two versions of the mix, one more conservative with reverb, and one more polished and (hopefully) resembling a real concert recording.

This is the conservative version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4ARiYr5AVI

And this is the other:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7d6jv_R5Zs

By the way, which one do you prefer?
Old 19th April 2020
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Hi all,

My first post here. But, this is what my band has been doing...

https://youtu.be/A2gyeF4DW5g

We were hoping that maybe some vocalists would jump in using the Acapella or similar app.
Old 20th April 2020
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Me and my friends also decided to accept the challenge and record a string ensemble remotely.

The process was as follows: first I made the click track and sent it to the first violin. She recorded her part listening to the click and sent me back her recording. Then I mixed her part with the click and sent this reference track to the second violin, and she did the same. Then I mixed two violin parts and the click track and sent this reference to the viola player, and so on. We repeated the process with every ensemble member, and then I have mixed all the parts applying some reverb in process, and composited the video.

There are two versions of the mix, one more conservative with reverb, and one more polished and (hopefully) resembling a real concert recording.

This is the conservative version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4ARiYr5AVI

And this is the other:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7d6jv_R5Zs

By the way, which one do you prefer?
I preferred No 2 (the other).
Old 25th April 2020
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Violin sonatas: Beethoven, Arvo Part, Ravel
Friday April 24, 2020

Program notes: http://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/sy...%20Concert.pdf

Vimeo viewing window: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/e...concert-series

Last edited by studer58; 25th April 2020 at 01:30 PM..
Old 25th April 2020
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Violin sonatas: Beethoven, Arvo Part, Ravel
Friday April 24, 2020

Program notes: http://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/sy...%20Concert.pdf

Vimeo viewing window: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/e...concert-series
Well, I liked the performers quite a lot. BUT, ruined by the recording engineer who got the balance totally wrong. i can hardly hear the violinist. I know this work extremely well as I've been playing it myself for decades (I won't say how many).

It is NOT a piano concerto with vague violin sounds but a DUO!!!!!
Old 25th April 2020
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Well, I liked the performers quite a lot. BUT, ruined by the recording engineer who got the balance totally wrong. i can hardly hear the violinist. I know this work extremely well as I've been playing it myself for decades (I won't say how many).

It is NOT a piano concerto with vague violin sounds but a DUO!!!!!
As far as I know they'd likely have been using an AB pair (55cm) of KM183 omnis on a stereo bar, from a fixed suspension about 4 metres above the typical conductor's position. That would place the centre of the bar about level with that bright white vertical light reflection you see on the mid-curve of the piano. Hence the left hand (and wandering) image location of the violin.

I don't know, I find enough detail on the violin to have not required a spot mic, though it does meander in and out of focus a bit....ideally the players (and piano) could have moved to the right by 1.0-1.5 metres and that probably would have addressed your concerns, without recourse to a violin spot. What do other's think ?
Old 25th April 2020
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As far as I know they'd likely have been using an AB pair (55cm) of KM183 omnis on a stereo bar, from a fixed suspension about 4 metres above the typical conductor's position. That would place the centre of the bar about level with that bright white vertical light reflection you see on the mid-curve of the piano. Hence the left hand (and wandering) image location of the violin.

I don't know, I find enough detail on the violin to have not required a spot mic, though it does meander in and out of focus a bit....ideally the players (and piano) could have moved to the right by 1.0-1.5 metres and that probably would have addressed your concerns, without recourse to a violin spot. What do other's think ?
I think the lid of the piano should have been closed a position more. This is a modern concert grand piano with a volume 2 or 3 times greater as in Beethoven's time. The violin is still about the same.
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