San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Recording

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

CD cover image

Back in January of 2010 my daughter Eleanor was born.  Amidst the excitement of labor and delivery I had a previous commitment to provide recording services for a concert of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performing at the Harlen Adams Theatre on the campus of Chico State.  The day after Eleanor was born I loaded into the theatre with fourteen microphones and a few direct lines.  We recorded 16 channels of audio on a double system: one computer and one “Radar” for backup.  Dr. Kathleen McGuire conducted the 100 member chorus to a capacity crowd.  Everything was originally recorded at 24/96.  Mark Speer mixed and Ashley Moore (AMOR Music Productions) mastered the project.

Here are some samples of the recording, the CD is out of print but the full recording seems to be available on Amazon and Spotify.

Make Your Own Kind of Music/New World Coming (Excerpt)

My Rising Up (Excerpt)

California Here I Come (Excerpt)

All samples are property of Golden Gate Performing Arts Inc. and used with permission.

Bidwell Park power lines

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Photo Courtesy of t_camuti ©2006

The sound you are about to hear is one that fascinated me the first time I took a walk in Bidwell Park.  In January I recorded it, reported to be the third largest urban park in the US, Bidwell Park is located within the city limits of Chico, CA near “Lake” Oroville and the Oroville Dam whose power travels along said lines.   The crackling that is heard is an effect called corona discharge [Wikipedia] and is caused by the interaction of power and humidity or other particles in the air surrounding the lines  (as I understand it).

As you can hear the city of Chico is on the right side of the image, it is somewhat heavily rolled off to provide a more pleasant listening experience.

MS, Schoeps MK21, SD 744t Creative Commons License

Tree Lighting in Chico

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Happy Holidays (Chico State Brass Band & Vocal Duet @ Enloe Hospital Tree Lighting):