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Treasure trove of folk music goes digital
Jan. 2nd, 2013 03:37 pm
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"Topic Records, Europe's oldest independent record label, launch 'The Great Big Digital Archive Project' to make folk archive available for download."


Oct. 11th, 2012 11:25 am
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Can you help solve this?

Cantilena forms part of Adiemus II. I had thought the passage was entirely composed by Karl Jenkins, with vocalise made up by him. However, his website says that he used some "ethnic elements" in Adiemus.

Arc en Ciel's director thinks that the entire vocal part of Cantilena is a traditional song from the Ivory Coast and that the words are in Baoulé.

Does anyone know? Anyone have Karl's phone number? ;)
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Last night Arc en Ciel was booked to sing in the lovely little church in Neulles, a simple stone building with wonderful acoustics.

The gig went very well, to a full house^Wchurch (in spite of the day's sudden change from warm-and-dry to imminent flood). We refused to do a third encore, being knackered after having Given our All, but gratefully acknowledged the standing ovation.

There were only three-and-a-half sops to eight altos so we three audible squeakers had to sing can belto, especially in the divisi passages. I belted so much that I was apparently heard clearly over the basses, and though it was gratifying to be congratulated by audience members on my voice, it was also embarrassing because a choir is, well, a team thing. Oops. Anyway, I much enjoyed contributing the middle-Eastern-style trills on the final fortissimo of the Hebrew folksy Shalom Hevenou.

Helen Charrier accompanied a few pieces on electric piano, sometimes on organ setting; she and Jean-Marc Prevost, the director, had a lovely instrumental section in the programme, in which Jean-Marc's beloved new basset-horn had its first public outing. He also played it in an encore, Mozart's Piu non si trovano, demonstrating that we could be directed from a wind instrument. Well, we'd assured him we could, so it was good to prove it.

French rural choirs may be not up to a Verdi Req, but the concert experience from a performer's viewpoint is great because the punters are so enthusiastic, as well as turning up in droves. By contrast, back in East Anglia Philip Thorby's superb vocal ensemble Capella Antiqua used to count the audience as they came in and celebrate as soon as they outnumbered the performers. Perhaps it's because there are so few choirs in Charente Maritime, compared to the hundreds in Anglia, but I think it's more than that.

The programme was:
Mozart Nocturnes 1-4, two gospel songs, some Russian Orthodox liturgicals (lush!), 4-part version of Somewhere (in French), Psalm 103 in Hebrew, anonymous late medieval Ave Maria, Handel's Canticorum Jubilo, Jenkins' Cantilena, Bruckner's Locus Iste, a Venezuelan canon, and Shalom Hevenou.
It wasn't recorded, which was a shame.
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...and they let you sign up to 'sample' some for free...they can be taken for credit or audit, and look quite good...
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I'm just joining up. I'm a Classically trained flute player who went a little mad in theory class and now constantly makes up music on the fly. No real training in composing but that doesn't seem to be slowing me down any!
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I've recently discovered the joys of a.) improvising melodies as I walk to and from work, and b.) using Garageband to occasionally record some of it.

Hallelujah Redux


Is this something any of you do? If yes, would you be willing to share a sample or two? I'm also curious if people have tricks and tips re: recording voice casually outside of a studio.
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I'm a writer with a music-related question. I hope this is allowed.

I have a character who is a professional singer, only he went on hiatus and hasn't sung in several years, so he's rusty. I need to know how long it will take him to get his voice back into shape. As in, good enough to record an album.

Sorry, but I really have no musical talent whatsoever, so this isn't something I know. If anyone could help me out here, I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you.
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Has anyone in here really heard much about this or experienced it personally? Thoughts?
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I have just been exposed to a few new influences ... any thoughts on any of the following:

Circulus - psychadelic medieval folk -

Comus - death folk -

Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds - punk folk -

Plus the old rockers who are back better than ever:

Jethro Tull - heavy folk rock -
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Out of curiosity, are there any other Sacred Harp / shape note singers in this community? If so, where is your home singing? Do you travel out of state to attend other singings?

(And if you have no idea what I'm talking about and would like to learn more, Wikipedia has a fantastic article on this tradition.)
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I have borrowed my city library's copy of this collection of Fairport Convention sheet music and lyrics, dated 1976.

It is somewhat defaced, but far worse - someone has torn out the page with the music and lyrics for 'Meet on the Ledge' and the music for 'Matty Groves'.

The library consider it almost impossible to replace. It doesn't have an ISBN that I can find. I can only find one mention of the book on t'intawebz.

Any thoughts?

My first thought is to request a copy of the much more recent 'The Fairport Convention Songbook' ( from the city library, which I know they would either have to buy or get on inter-library loan, and see if they can get that!
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Today's question brought to you by getting to see S.J. Tucker in concert last night :)

Question of the week:
What inspires you to make more music? This might be things that make you want to sing, or it might be musicians whose performances sort things out in your own head so you can get more music flowing, or it might be some experience, event, book, movie, or something else that makes you want to make music. Discuss any and all in this week's thread!
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Yay, everyone who chimed in last week! Thank you all for speaking up!

This week's question:
Last week, we talked about what music we're making. This week, let's talk about the music we wish we were doing more (feel free to add 'and why' or 'and why it's not happening right now' or whatever else you want to that, but don't feel obliged.)
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As requested, we'll start doing questions of the week, and I'll probably post them on Mondays. (If other days make more sense, please discuss in comments.)

Today's question:
What music are you making now, and how do you feel about that?

(Next week's question will probably be about what you're not doing and would like to be, so you might want to save comments on that for next week.)
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So, I've been trying to get time to make a lovely intro post here and am still out of brain, but wanted to get something started.

What do you hope to see? What would you like to talk about? My inclination is to post a weekly discussion topic to get us going every week for a while, and see what happens, but I'm open to other ideas.


Apr. 11th, 2009 09:04 pm
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Inspired by a group sing at this weekend's Minicon convention, I wanted to create a community here on Dreamwidth focused on making music in all forms.

The community profile says a lot - I want this to be a space for people who are making music to share what they're doing, and the questions and ideas they have. Doesn't matter what kind of music, or what instruments, or anything else, as long as someone's making it.

More specifically, I hope for this to be a place for talking about...
- finding people to make music with
- joining in with music circles at all sorts of gatherings
- writing or composing music
- performing in casual and formal settings
- choosing instruments, practicing technical skills
- learning music

... and all sorts of other practical skills along those lines, as well as the more philosophical bits. I hope for this to be a place where people who are new and dipping a toe in for the first time will feel comfortable asking basic questions, and where people with more experience will talk about the next steps along the road, or some of the options people have once the basic stuff is comfortable.

Your maintainer:
I'm [personal profile] jenett. I was somewhat scarred by being a music major in college, and in the years since have been working my way back towards making the music I want, and finding places to share it. It's been tending to be a two steps forward, one step back sort of thing, and I want people to share that kind of journey with.

My instruments of preference are my voice (more or less a mezzo-soprano, these days) and folk harp (that's a color-shifted picture of her in my icon). I've done a moderate amount of composition for Pagan religious settings, but am trying to get up the courage to do more (and more in other settings.) This community is partly my way of helping keep myself honest with that goal. I hope it's just as useful to others!

Like all shiny new communities, I expect this description will change over time, as people find us and make us a home. For the foreseeable future, I'll be posting open questions every so often to get us started. Feel free to post anything that seems on topic whenever you like: we'll work from there.
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