Mudcat Café message #1979508 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #99140   Message #1979508
Posted By: wysiwyg
25-Feb-07 - 10:29 PM
Thread Name: Field Recording... Yourself
Subject: RE: Field Recording... Yourself
We're routinely catching each week's service now, and clipping out the music the next morning. The songs are all going into a folder within which each week's service has its own sub-folder. Filenames are by date and song title.

Anything I would not find too embarrassing to share gets copied into a "keepers" folder. As a quality-control standard, I look to the quality of the LOC (and other institutions') field recordings I learned most of these songs from and which I use to help teach the songs to our band. (Quality of the music, not sound quality.) This folder includes solo sung pieces, solo instrumental pieces, congregational singing, and Hardi's 2-4 weekly fiddle tunes (preludes); it will get organized periodically.

From that folder of keepers we've decided to cull out periodically in such a fashion that there will at all times be another folder of 12-20 "best" pieces, where we'll weed out the lowest quality on a regular basis so that the best folder should, if we keep improving, get better and better over time.

We will keep a copy of the whole service and ALL the songs for new band members' use, and we're considering offering church newcomers a learners' CD (by season) so they can have a chance to learn what the current parishioners are learning week by week.

This also has led me to plan a couple of field-recording visits to our Sunday AM sung service to make a newcomers' CD of the several usual Mass settings they use there, for newcomers to that service to have a chance to learn the usual participatory congregational singing.