Welcome back one and all, today I would like to share the memories from last night’s incredible experience of recording the Queensland Wind Orchestra. As I have mentioned in my previous blog, two of my peers and I were tasked with recording the band in the rich acoustic setting of the Old Museum’s Concert Hall, Brisbane.
I would like to say that I am so proud of my team for performing like total pro’s and it didn’t go unnoticed, Conductor David Law even said that he was expecting the recording set-up to be more invasive and was pleased that we didn’t get in the way and were like phantoms (of the opera) when the time came to perform. The stage manager, Jeff Stanton-Cook also records the set and he is an absolute legend, for he brought along his Tascam DA20 and records to DAT! Jeff still has 200 blank DAT tapes and he said the device is still going strong, the only hard part about his set-up he said was servicing the actual unit itself, because of their rarity and the lack of technicians skilled in maintaining such units. We made friends instantly and he was thrilled to see some more engineers taking an interest in orchestral recording, so it was great that he made us feel at home, thanks Jeff!
The band performed extremely well and because of the fact that all of the pieces were from modern composers, we had a few premiers, the most notable was the Australian Premiere of Viet Cuong’s “Moth” a piece that was commissioned by the Brooklyn Wind Symphony in 2013 and gives me goosebumps just thinking about it! Viet Cuong is an extremely talented 24-year-old composer and has compositions that are performed globally, so to be at the helm when “Moth” was played publicly for the first time ever in Australia was an honour and one of my greatest achievements as an audio engineer.
Unfortunately for my loyal followers, you probably will not hear my recording of “Moth”, for copyright reasons and needless to say that this was an educational exercise so the recording is not for public use, rather it was for my development as an engineer and composer. To stop you throwing rotten fruit and vegetables at me (because I have teased you) here is Viet Cuong’s own soundcloud upload of the piece.
The following images were taken by Alexander Nasteski.
I would like to personally thank everyone who has been a part of helping with last night’s performance, everyone involved are volunteers so to see so much community spirit is really inspiring. Thanks for reading and see you soon! 🙂