Our world première video recording
Thursday, April 30
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"Virtual" Choir Project
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, WSJ suspended in-person rehearsals and performances, and we are working on a series of recordings.
Each of our singers, with guidance from Artistic Director Michael-Paul Gurulé, works independently to create voice recordings that he then knits together to create a "virtual" choir performance. Meanwhile Conner Helms, our talented accompanist, is using his amazing videography skills to create a unique visual element. Here are some of the steps involved in the making of our recordings.
We meet on Tuesday evenings, from the comfort of our own homes, to connect as a community, learn this new process together, and share our progress.
Conner Helms lays down a piano audio track for each song.
Artistic Director Michael-Paul Gurulé lays down four saxophone tracks over the piano track, mimicking the tone and dynamics he wants us to create as singers.
Each of our singers works independently to create an initial recording over the background track, and sends it to the Artistic Director for feedback.
With one-on-one guidance and feedback from the Artistic Director, each singer works independently to polish their recording, carefully matching diction with the other singers.
The Artistic Director knits together the voice parts to create a "virtual" choir. He also creates additional instrumental parts electronically, and mixes the sounds together for our best performance.
Now that the audio portion is done, singers lip-synch to the final recording to create individual videos.
Conner Helms, our accompanist extraordinaire, adds his outstanding creativity and technical skills to edit the videos and join them together in a unique way, creating the overall visual production.
Our "virtual" choir meeting on Tuesday, March 24.
What our voices look like electronically, in the editing phase!
This has been a steep learning curve for all of us. We are excited to announce our first release, Charade. Stay tuned for more videos!