Thanks for your interest in being part of the #MultiTractionOrchestra project - a remote orchestra of experimental composers/producers/improvisers facilitating collaboration while under lockdown. Below is a step-by-step guide to getting involved. Please note the deadline of 23:59 GMT on Tue 31st March.
- Download the original audio file via this link.
- Create a new project in your DAW with a sample rate of 48kHz.
- Set the global tempo to 112 BPM and the time signature to 5/4.
- Load the original audio file into your new DAW project, making sure that the sync pop at the start is lined up exactly at bar/measure 1, beat 1 and the one at the end is at bar/measure 56, beat 1.
THE FUN PART [RECORDING]
Record something on a new track. This can be absolutely anything you like - the more creative/experimental the better. A few things to to bear in mind:
- My original track is intended as the “glue” that will hold everything together, but I might not use it throughout the final mix, so don’t worry too much about occupying the same frequency bandwidth.
- If all goes to plan, I’ll be collating a lot of different tracks; leaving space in yours (textural and/or temporal) will make it easier to piece everything together.
- Please don’t create any fades on your track (in or out) - it’ll be easier for me to line everything up correctly without.
- Unless reverb/delay is absolutely essential to the sound of your track, please don’t add any - I’ll have more control over the final sound if you send me the dry signal. If it is essential, please use an aux send for the FX and send as a separate stem.
- If you want to send more than one track (which is totally cool), please send individual stems, not a stereo mix.
- Drummers (and anyone else with a multi-mic setup): please send me individual stems (overheads, snare, kick etc) as well as a stereo mix. The latter will give me an idea of how you like your kit to sound, while the former will give me more control in the mix. If you use a lot of drum mics (i.e. kick in/out, snare top/bottom etc), it would be helpful to do a pre-mix to stems. Aim to send me a maximum of kick, snare, toms, overheads, room plus any effects mics.
IMPORTANT: if you can, film yourself recording (phone/laptop camera is fine); if not, capture your screen (here’s how).
SENDING ME YOUR TRACK
- Bounce only your new track(s) (i.e. mute my original track - I have that already) as a wav file (24-bit resolution, 48kHz sample rate), with dithering and normalisation turned off. Make sure you bounce from bar/measure 1 to the very end, even if you only play in the middle - the resulting file should be the same duration as my original (maybe slightly longer if there’s an audio tail of reverb/delay etc).
- Name your file in the format "firstname_lastname_instrument".
- Upload your wav file to WeTransfer or another file-sharing platform and email the download link to firstname.lastname@example.org with MultiTraction Orchestra in the subject line.
SENDING ME YOUR VIDEO
- Sync your audio file with the video of you playing (or the screen capture).
- Upload the synced video/audio to YouTube with the title format “[Your Name] - #MultiTractionOrchestra submission”. The hashtag will help me keep track of all the videos. In the video description, please list the instrument(s) you've recorded and your location and include the link https://cutt.ly/MultiTraction so that others can find out about the project.
- Tweet the YouTube link to me @AlexRothMusic with the hashtag #MultiTractionOrchestra.
Please make sure you send the files and tweet me the YouTube link by 23:59 GMT on Tue 31st March.