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Art of Record Production Conference
May 17-19, 2019
Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
berklee.edu/arp19
Sunday, May 19 • 14:15 - 14:45
Sectional Surrealism: A practice-base investigation into choir recording techniques for the independent film composer

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Choir recording practices and choir sound libraries have established themselves in the workflow of a modern film composer, but has audio technology now advanced to a point where one person can perform and engineer an entire choir? The authentic sounding choir has posed a problem whereby the virtual choir used in most mock-up stages of film composing is often required to be replaced entirely with real choristers at significant production expense. Through a practice-based study in search of aesthetic realism, this paper investigates producing a multi-voiced and multi- gendered choir in a solo practitioner’s workflow utilising modern audio technology, production and performance techniques. Accompanied by an auto ethnographic commentary on the independent producer-composer’s culture that drives the usage of technology to its limits for the gain of a new creative artefact. Further examining whether this practice may aid composers and engineers to record a choir where they would have otherwise forfeit the idea due to inhibiting factors such as budget and time. From boundaries evident in the recordings, the effectiveness of the result as well as how technology drives the creative process and vice versa is explored. In addition, the study highlights suitable technology for the recording of realistic choirs and discusses whether some of the findings reveal concepts for future choir plug-in technology and its usage.

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Claire Benedict

Doctoral Student / Tutor, Otago University & Southern Institute of Technology
Interests include, vocal recording, studio production, studio acoustics, composing music and post production for visual media.



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