Yesterday, I had my last session of a basic introduction to sound production at Swanfield Studios, so there's a home recording of Galliard Battaglia by Samuel Scheidt below.
This study enables me to get the best out of the recording gear that I have in Barlinnie and Glenochil. For example the students are creating some incidental music for a play about coming into prison for the first time. It's been written by our students within the Learning Centre at Glenochil. In Barlinnie, I have students who spend a great deal of time writing rap lyrics and are delighted to have the opportunity to record. Nowadays it's vital to be as versatile - playing a range of instruments, recording and writing are all essent
What can I say or reflect upon after Sillico? For those of you who don't know - it's a mountain village in the Appenines (Italy) which is taken over by 27 trumpeters for a week of intensive study and performance. For me,, just the chance to spend time with these wonderful people was more than enough - my brain is still full of trumpet sounds made by some of the best players on the planet. How to capture what it's like to experience working with world class teachers and performers? Generosity, shared experience with world class trumpet sounds and virtuosity.
Its location in the mountains, delicious food and the best teaching you can imagine conspire to provide a life changing experience for students - even old ones like me.
Playing in The Starlets for the Noisee Music Festival at Cumbernauld Theatre, which is a first class venue with great sound. Having an engineer who can understand how to balance a trumpet within a rock band is so good and unusual.