CHOIR MEMBERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Hello everyone, we launch our virtual recording project this weekend, April 16th 2020. All are invited to sing. This includes all street choir members from Exeter, Minehead, Taunton and Tiverton. Plus all friends and family. You can contribute as much or as little as you wish and it will be included in the final mixdown of the song which will be uploaded to You Tube in a few weeks time. It doesn't need to be perfect or particularly in tune even. The only thing that counts is that you give it your all !
We are producing a version of Elton John's Circle of Life. This is the name of a community singing project that we had planned for this year which will likely need to be postponed, so it feels appropriate to be using this song. Popular songs like this, particularly when they have been associated with films that families have enjoyed, are really good at bringing different generations together. They are a powerful way of providing connection in difficult times and helping us feel we are part of a community and our song here is no exception.
have put together a big old fashioned arrangement of the song. Thank
you to Kim for her great singing of the guide vocals. She asked me to
say that because of her naturally low singing voice she struggles with
some of the higher notes but personally I think she has done a grand
job. Well done Kimbo. You also have to put up with my voice providing
the guide voices for the men's parts. Ouch !! He-he !!
Listen to the backing track first, here with the guide vocals as mentioned above. It will sounds slightly artificial because there are only two voices, so I have added some chorusing effects to give it the pretend sound of a choir. The main melody, sung by Kim here, will be sung by the altos and the sopranos are welcome to join in as well on this. Please listen with headphones if you can. The sound quality from your phone or tablet is always very poor.
Here are all the separate parts on their own so you can hear the harmonies.
Alto main melody
alto harmony in choruses
at end of song
is where you come in. The idea is that you record onto your smartfones,
a version of you singing along with the song. Any of the parts you fancy,
it really doesn't matter and it doesn't need to be complete or even
in tune particularly because I can sort that out from this end. I wont
tell you how many hours I spent retuning my own voice on the computer
to get it to sound vaguely in tune for this project !! So please, just
go for it. What counts is being a part of it. The technical quality
of the singing really doesn't matter that much. Make sure you warm up
a bit before doing the recording perhaps by gently singing it through
a few times and getting used to the melody and of course the harmony
Now here's the tecchie bit - the recording ideally needs to be just your voice, not your voice and the song. There are two ways to do this, see below. You also need to make sure you don't sing too close to your phone otherwise it might distort. Equally if you sing too far away from your phone it might sound too distant, so feel free to experiment with this and you can decide for yourself what is a nice sound.
ONLY VOICE RECORDED - REQUIRES EARBUDS OR HEADPHONES.
the song back through one device with headphones plugged in to that
device. The device can be anything - a laptop or dektop computer, a
phone or a tablet. Then record your voice singing along onto another
device- ideally a smartfone or another computer, but if you don't have
access to such a thing but do have an old cassette recorder, or perhaps
a dictafone or anything really then that will do fine. Perhaps pull
one earphone off your ear slightly so you can hear your own voice in
the room as well as the music in your headphones/earbuds.
If you have no access to earbuds or headphones we can still use your recording but try and make sure that music is very quiet in the background and that your voice dominates the final sound as much as possible. If the sound of the music in the background is too loud then it makes editing the music later rather tricky.
word of support - for many, hearing your singing voice back for the
first time, particularly on its own can be a really strange feeling.
THIS IS NORMAL. Don't let that stop you singing and sending in your
recording. Whatever you sound like is BRILLIANT because you have decided
to be a part of the project to use music to bring us together. This
is a really important thing to say. Also the guide voices you can hear
have lots of effects on them - echo and chorus as well. Once I receive
your raw recording I will add these effects to your voice too, to make
sure it sounds really professional !!
You will have questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
We shall allow four weeks for people to get their recordings in to me. If you have recorded your voice on a smartfone then you should be able to share the recording you have made by email. If you have trouble with this just contact me and we can go through it. Please email all your recordings to email@example.com
Thank you, let the fun begin and we will aim to release this towards the end of May or maybe June time.
Someone is also putting together a very special version of the choirs
version of All Together Now which we recorded last year.
community singing project for 2018
Minehead Street Choir and Foxes Academy Drum Group Beach Hotel Summer 2017