The Church of Transfiguration Choir


I spent yesterday evening in the Church of Transfiguration recording their choir using my calibrated dummyhead. It was an amazing experience to listen to the performances from the very front pew, both directly with my own ears as well as through the microphones recording and capturing their performance. The choir was composed of seven singers, ranging from baritone to soprano, accompanied by John Sigerson (choir director) on piano. Before recording, the choir warmed up their vocal chords in a smaller, upstairs room in the church while I set up my recording equipment. Having never been inside this church before it was quite an enjoyable experience. The dummyhead was placed on top of a baby grand piano, which was positioned in the area known as the nave (facing the chancel). These are architectural terms related to specific religious building layouts, so I'm not entirely sure if these terms accurately reflect the Church of Transfiguration; regardless they provide a sense of location within the building. The dummyhead was situated on top a cushion above the piano to help reduce vibrations introduced by playing the piano. The choir members were staggered around the piano, and dummyhead, providing an ideal scenario to experience individuated listening to each section of the choir (i.e. the soprano section can be heard identifiably seperate from the baritone and tenor singers). Here are the recordings from the evening... [soundcloud width="100%" height="81" params="" url="http://soundcloud.com/user6193556/binaural-ave-verum-corpus"] Binaural: Ave Verum Corpus by airick
[soundcloud width="100%" height="81" params="" url="http://soundcloud.com/user6193556/binaural-lord-for-thy-tender-mercys"] Binaural: Lord For Thy Tender
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Binaural: Lead Me Lord by airick

[soundcloud width="100%" height="81" params="" url="http://soundcloud.com/user6193556/teach-me-o-lord-2"] Binaural: Teach Me, O Lord, The Way of Thy Statues (again) by airick
Post-production on all tracks involved applying some panning to clearly differentiate the spectrum of recorded sound, apply matched EQ (calibrated to pink noise in the foley studio at Ryerson University), and a denoiser filter to remove a low-level of hiss (which I must figure out the source of...). enjoi.