All of the wonderful musicians teaching at Preshil perform regularly and sometimes find themselves on tour, like Phil Collings. Even some of our lucky students find themselves recording in faraway studios, like Year 9 student Winnie McQuinn who travelled to Iceland with his parents and found himself recording in a studio there! Here is a small glimpse of his experience – I hope this is only our first instalment.
“Over the last term I spent a week in an Icelandic recording studio. The difference in the attitude towards music in Iceland and across Scandinavia is remarkable. Music performance and music theory are both core subjects in the Scandinavian education system.
The recording studio itself had 7 guitars in total and one drum kit with 3 toms and a basic cymbal construct. The recording studio itself was spacious and also had an old organ inside. The space had two rooms within it. The room with the neve board (mixing console) and the bases for all the mics was a level higher than the actual instrument space and had two couches within it.
The sound quality of the recordings was amazing for the amount of money it cost for the time in the studio – zero dollars! This particular studio is completely community run so that local musicians can work and record within the studio free of charge. The studio quality was not a multi million-dollar studio but it doesn’t always need to be to get a good quality.”
TECHNOLOGY IN MUSIC
More technology suggestions to inspire and help …..
1. Tuneln Radio – this free app allows you to stream free music, sports shows, talk and news stations and podcasts from around the world. Discover, follow and listen to what is most important to you on your device!
2. Smash Hit – get all your frustrations out on this amazing free app. Take a surreal journey through an otherworldly dimension, moving in harmony with sound and music and smash everything in your path! This musically synchronized gameplay will stun you with sensational graphics, sound effects and music.
FREEZE! – This week’s practice tip encourages you to freeze and stop playing every so often and check out what you are doing. This way you will be able to see if you are doing things correctly or if you have compromised your technique, and then you can fix it. Go on, give it a try!