Thoughts on Recording

I just got home from an afternoon in the studio. I will soon have some sound bites of what I’m up to on these pages.

The process of recording always leaves me with mixed feelings; on one hand I find wav - Copyit creatively inspiring, on the other hand I am sometimes uncomfortable with the thought of freezing a moment of musical time into a musical still life.

During a live performance an occasional small mistake is of little consequence if the overall performance is good. A small mistake in the studio can seem like the audio equivalent of having a portrait photographed with spinach on my teeth!

There is also the balance of capturing a performance that is passionate yet technically excellent. It can sometimes require several takes to get a balance of both.

My playing and listening skills always evolve during the recording process.

I am constantly surprised with how different it can be to hear myself play as a listener rather than listening while I am playing. I often can’t really know how successful a take was until I listen back to it. I have been surprised in both directions.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Recording

  1. Hi Lynn,

    Thanks so much for your comments. It is helpful to hear your thoughts about recording.

    I tend to vacillate between the “safe” takes and the ones that are most alive and find it difficult to make a final decision as to which I will keep..

    Sometimes I have rerecorded a piece later on during a project knowing that I have a more or less acceptable take already and I feel more relaxed about playing. Its like having a bit of a safety net.

    Sometimes I end up with a better take, sometimes I find that I have already played the piece as well as I can at this time.

    I have occasionally chosen to leave a piece out of a project because the experience in the studio showed me it was not ripe yet.

  2. I know about that imperfection thing and recording. I was trained as a voice major in school and I’m very hard on myself in the studio. Live, I’m really OK with how things go as long as I have an audience to connect with. Perfection is not expected on stage, though it’s always a good goal (if passion is not absent, anyway).

    In my case, Brian’s part of the team, too… and he is more likely to choose a take with more expression even if the vocal is not textbook perfect. I tend to over-choose on the safe side. There is something about knowing that it can be listened to a hundred times, that any hiccup in my work will be open to discovery. On stage, this is just not an issue.

    Great post!

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