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Session at Manifold Studios: Zenph Sound Innovations December 10, 2011

Posted by Damon Sink in : Pro Tools, Studio Profiles, Videos , trackback

Over the summer, we took a video crew to Manifold Studios outside of Durham, NC to document a unique recording session. Zenph Sound Innovations engineers were there fine-tuning two gorgeous pianos outfitted with state-of-the art playback mechanisms. The project was to record what they call “re-performances” constructed from  “data” taken from (in this case very) old recordings of these pieces played by the composers themselves.

Now, Zenph has already released several re-performed solo piano recordings (Rachmaninoff, Glenn Gould, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, to name a few), but this time the goal was also to recreate collaborative performances with cello and voice. Zuill Bailey (cello) and Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano) were engaged in turn to perform (with the “Ghost” of composer Manuel de Falla at the keyboard!) the Siete Canciónes Populares Españolas. The album is called Spanish Masters and is available for purchase directly from Zenph.

Our role (my company, Dal Segno Media) was just to do video documentation for this one. Manifold Studios, as I am sure some of you know, is a brilliant facility. There has been a great thread on gearslutz in which Michael Tiemann, Manifold’s “creator” has documented the process of design and construction. We also had a chance to sit down with Michael while we aere there and I want to post that interview soon. Thanks for tuning in!

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