Soundscape for the spoken word

A collaborative project developing from the Sunday Session 3rd Feb 2013

Zizhi, Matias and I improvised to two of Phil’s spoken word pieces: There was an immediate spark. Although Matias was looking for something far different, his guitar, the combination of Phil’s voice and word, Zizhi on keyboard, my guitar with FX, swapping during the piece with Zizhi, for bass and/or drums or whatever was appropriate

The combination worked well enough for us all to agree to record a demo for Phil to present to possible gigs. We’re locked in for Saturday 9th Feb 2013.

update 9th Feb 2013 — Rehearsal recording, improvisation 9th Feb 2013 of “CYBORG”. Work in progress. Mixed as it happened, cleaned up pops and clunks only, some compression, EQ, reverb

Phil Cleary – Author, Vox. Matias Galvez – Guitar/fx, Drums, bass. Zizhi Zhou Ipad/fx, drums, bass, vox. Benni Seidel Guitar/fx, Keyboard, Engineering

update 16th Feb 2013
Recorded three versions of “EMERGENCY”
Phil Cleary – Author, Vox. Zizhi Zhou Ipad/fx, bass, vox. Matias Galvez – Guitar/fx. Benni Seidel Guitar/fx, Keyboard, Vox, Engineering

Philip Cleary - New Zealand
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Matias Galvez  - Chile - Enlarge
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Zizhi Zhou - China
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Matias demos on SoundCloud
Benni Seidel - Australia - Enlarge
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Benni on SoundCloud

update 18th Feb 2013
Emergency 2 – take 3 – Preliminary mix 01.

Emergency 2 – take 3 – Preliminary mix 02.

Lemme know what you think ….

update 20th Feb 2013 – At Phil’s suggestion and additional pause at 1:39
Emergency 2 – take 3 – Preliminary mix 03.

update 21st Feb 2013 – Tweaked
Emergency 2 – take 3 – mix 4.

update 2 21st Feb 2013
One of the problems involved in recording improvisations live. I do not yet have the facilities to provide everyone with individual head sets and feeds. The leakage can be edited out where Phil isn’t speaking, not where he is speaking. However doing this effects the panning & volume of the instruments. The voice is in the centre and Matias & Zizhi are panned L & R. Best solution. Record voice again :-)

update-3-12th-May-2013 – Voice re-recorded – FINAL MIX

— Some come easy —

From the 3rd March 2013 Sunday Session – An improv – Spoken word by Phil with improvised music – Sat Nav. An improv that turned out to be good enough to include in the Philip Cleary Spoken word demo

Philip Cleary – spoken word, Nabil Daoud – guitar, James Cameron – guitar, Zizhi Zhou – Keyboard, Benni Seidel – drums & engineer

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The 82a Sunday Sessions are every Sunday 3:00pm to 7:00pm in a private studio/rehearsal space in Alexandria Sydney Australia The sessions are open to experienced musicians/performers/artists who're interested in collaborating, experimenting, pushing their envelope and critical dialogue in a cross section of performance arts. Music, spoken word, movement etc. The facilities and equipment are provided free to participants. Originality and critical dialogue are encouraged!
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6 Responses to Soundscape for the spoken word

  1. Benni says:

    Studio reserved for 11:00am – 3:00pm Sat 9th 2013

    11:00am – 12:noon Audio set up and looking at video shoot possibilities.

    Phil, Zizhi, Benni locked in … enough to GO!

  2. Benni says:

    Phil, Zizhi, Matias, Benni confirmed

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m feeling very humbled and in awe of the artists accompaning me (and my words) on Cyborg.
    That we did this in one take is nothing short of amazing…
    And all thanks must go to Benni for making this piece possible.
    Thank you one and all.

  4. Phil Cleary says:

    Fantastic Sound Engineering on this track and excellent soundscapers, really made a difference to totally impromptu works, or stream of unconciousness’es workin’ their way to some kind of state of mindlessness. Thank you one and all.

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