First, let me say thanks to all of you for your interest in this project. It's a strange time in the church (as it is everywhere else). We're not all exactly "technically savvy", and finding ways to make streaming services as meaningful as live, in-person services is not exactly easy as we struggle to just make sure we can maintain a live stream! To make matters worse, there are even rumblings that once this is all over, we might not even be able to sing in church until there's a vaccine, because the extra exertion of singing could cause the virus to spread easier. But, that's just rumor right now... back to the matter at hand!
This page has a couple of resources that you will need. One is a recording of me playing "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty". This will be the bed track that you will sing along to. It also includes a click track, so that we all stay as close to on time together as possible. Of course, that will be removed for the final product. The second resource that you'll see below is a link to the sheet music we'll all be using. It's hymn #1 in "Common Praise".
I have to be up front with everyone... this is new for me. I've recorded audio before, but working with video is a bit new to me, so I'm hoping it works out! Similarly, I know we all have different skill levels with technology, so there are a few ways we can do this depending on your individual comfort level.
1) For those of you who are skilled in audio recording and have the means to record audio direct to computer, it would be great if I could get two files from you. The first would be an audio file of you singing the hymn while you listen to the bed track in your headphones. The second would be a video that you take of yourself while you're doing it - whether recorded on a tablet, or phone, or whatever device you may be using.
2) For those of you who are not skilled in audio recording, but would like to give method #1 a try, let me know, and I'll see if I can talk you through it.
3) If you're only able to record on a tablet/computer/phone while listening to the bed track, that will suffice as well. Just try to position yourself so that as little of the bed track goes into your final recording as possible.
For audio files, .wav format preferred. For video, I've found that .mov or .mp4 is fine (I think they're the default for Mac and PC products). 4k videos are a bit large for my Dropbox account.
Pick whichever part you are most comfortable with - soprano, alto, tenor, or bass, but I thought the order would be as follows:
- first verse in unison
- second and third verse in 4-part
- fourth verse, four part with descant (Susan Daley-LeDrew will sing the descant)
- The first 8 measures are the intro.
- I repeat the last 4 measures after each verse to give you an opportunity to catch your breath (so don't sing there).
Once your files are recorded, you can get them to me through any large file transfer service (e.g. Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc.). You'll have to share it with me through my email address at email@example.com.
Again, this is a new venture for me, so if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, I'm all ears. I want to make this as enjoyable an experience as possible. I still have room for more people, so if you know someone who might be interested, feel free to let them know!
Here are the aforementioned resources!