Spem in alium was written by Thomas Tallis in c1570 and stands apart from most other choral music because it is written for 40 parts. Most choral music, regardless of the number of people in the choir, only has 4-6 parts. Just for its sheer flamboyance, Spem is famed among choristers due to the challenges […]Read more "Spem in alium: a motet for 40 synthesizers"
Last week, Matt and I visited the Priory Church of St Mary in Usk, South Wales. Our visit centred around the large pipe organ which boasts three manuals (keyboards) and horizontally-mounted trumpet pipes. We were both a bit out of practice but I made some recordings anyway. There are mistakes aplenty but these three pieces show some […]Read more "Priory Church of St Mary, Usk"
Tonight at St Mary’s, the (acting) Archdeacon of Bristol visited. The church band (who usually play at Taste) were on good form and so I made these recordings. Click the links to listen, or right-click to save them. Enjoy! Be still for the presence of the Lord Holy holy holy is the Lord Credits Anja […]Read more "Archdeacon’s Visitation"
This week, I was contacted by Dutch producer Matt Pop who asked if he could use some of my photographs of Stockholm in the video for his remix of ABBA‘s The Day Before You Came. Who am I to say no? I like ABBA and I like dance remixes. See if you can spot my […]Read more "ABBA – The Day Before You Came"
Everyone on Facebook seems to be taking part in the 30 Day Song Challenge recently. I can’t be bothered to publish one item a day on Facebook, so I’ve just compiled the list here instead. Enjoy! Your favourite song – Awaken by Yes Your least favourite song – Friday by Rebecca Black A song that […]Read more "30 Day Song Challenge"
I’ve now recorded the choir of St Mary’s, Fishponds on a few occasions. I’ve found a formula I like for the choir, but I’m still undecided on what works best for the organ. This article gives a bit of an overview of the things I’ve tried, and the results. Where everything is Before I get […]Read more "Recording a pipe organ and choir"
Mixing desk, that is. I own a lot of recording kit, and in the past I attempted to set up a home recording business. It never took off, and in the end I only used it a handful of times, and to record some music with my then flatmate. Since then, it’s sadly sat around […]Read more "Back at my desk"
For a while now I’ve been using a service called last.fm. Basically it (a program called a scrobbler) monitors what music I listen to and compiles statistics. I only do it because I find statistics interesting, and often I surprise myself that I’ve listened to lots of an artist that I never really considered one […]Read more "last.fm"
I realised I was getting old earlier when I was listening to an internet radio station and a trance tune came on. My first thought was that my ALSA server had gone wrong, what with the jittering and odd noises. Back in my day, trance was tuneful, I’m sure of it…Read more "Getting old"