Some time ago I had the great pleasure of working with Anita Kruse during my time at Zapboombang for her project Purple Songs Can Fly. Composers, producers and singers from all over the music business came together to write a song with the children for the children. Written, arranged, and produced in two days, the name of the song “It’s out there waiting“. I didn’t do much at that time for my role was to make sure the studio was up to par to perform all the sessions. Andres Levine was the producer and Edmundo Gomez the engineer.
As I phase out of working for corporate monolithic companies making music for relentless commercial efforts, I really wanted to do something more meaningful for me, so I gave Anita a call.
Anita was as welcoming as always and after some time I was able to arrange and mix one of her songs. Later she gave me the incredible opportunity to get a bit more involved and that’s how I became a little part of this wonderful effort.
We got together with the DePauw University School Of Music Choir and Gregory Ristow (the choir’s conductor and arranger) for the first time on January 14, 2014. I had prepared a simple piano track and click to be able to sync the singing to the future track and Gregory brought his beautiful choral arrangement. After editing my reference to his arrangement and dropping the tempo down we where in business.
As the choir started rehearsing their parts, everyone at the studio dropped what they where doing to come to the recording room and listen first hand to the beautiful sounds they where producing. The feeling was energizing, inspirational, peaceful. So as soon as they ran through the piece a couple of times, we started the recording. As an engineer producer there is nothing sweeter than having a perfect source to record, and in the perfect environment too. Zapboombang’s studio A is the perfect place to record this type of ensembles. The room is big and flexible turning from a bright tight room into a quiet one with the addition of simple gobos. These boys and girls had it together, just a couple of microphones and press the red button.
We took five hours to record the song, that was because I wanted to double parts and make the track a bit beefier. We made two full passes and then overdubbed section by section, bass, alto, tenor and soprano twice to create a stereo image. The track sounded beautiful, now is my turn to clean the tracks a bit for those inevitable paper shuffles.
I love making music and being part of something bigger than me.