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I know, this isn't virtual orchestration by any stretch of the imagination. But as I know there are a lot of people on here who are also very much into ethnic/traditional stuff and using virtual instruments for either faking or reinforcing live performances, I figured this might be worth a mention. Moreover, I have never really shared these tunes with anyone even though they're eight years old by now.



Winter Fair is a project that has been at the back of my head since 2008. It was written during a time when I was  heavily into Jethro Tull and Irish traditional music and learning to play the tin whistle. Loreena McKennit's wonderful A Winter Garden EP was also a big inspiration and I was generally aiming for a wintry, pagan-esque, alternative christmas carol type of sound.

Anyway, I've always felt that these are some pretty good tunes that deserve to be recorded properly. I've made several atttempts over the years, but for some reason or other it has never happened. So... I'm just throwing this out there. Anyone who'd be interested in collaborating on this project?

Not for a 2016 release, obviously, but maybe for next year?
I could collaborate. On perhaps a few weeks' notice, I could set up live piano, concert flute, and clarinet recordings. There's a slight chance I could set up violin and female vocals as well (depending on where the folks I'm thinking of are at that time). Moreover, especially if it's going to be for next year, I'm pretty sure I'll have gotten my cello back, so there's that as well. Also, I have a slightly harsh but fairly articulate bass baritone singing voice. Smile

EDIT: Transcripts for eventual session players! Those, I can certainly make. Smile
Mattias, what kind of collaboration are you looking for? Are you specifically wanting help with live recording audio tracks, or are you also interested in additional songs to fill out the album?

If I could either find or outfit a decent recording room, I know a decent soprano voice that might be willing to contribute. I could maybe pull out the old clarinet and start practicing again, but Otto probably has me beat there.

Ages ago I put together a folksy sounding midi piece with a fiddle lead, some kind of wind instrument doing secondary melody, acoustic string bass, and a number of other supporting instruments. For years I've felt it deserves a complete overhaul with significantly better audio, but I've never gotten to it (incidentally, this is the one that prompted me to ask about fiddling in another thread here). It maybe has more of a harvest celebrating feeling to it, rather than winter, but it might still fit.

Just curious, are you the vocalist in the current recordings?
(10-13-2016, 12:46 PM)Otto Halmén Wrote: [ -> ]I could collaborate. On perhaps a few weeks' notice, I could set up live piano, concert flute, and clarinet recordings. There's a slight chance I could set up violin and female vocals as well (depending on where the folks I'm thinking of are at that time). Moreover, especially if it's going to be for next year, I'm pretty sure I'll have gotten my cello back, so there's that as well. Also, I have a slightly harsh but fairly articulate bass baritone singing voice. Smile

EDIT: Transcripts for eventual session players! Those, I can certainly make. Smile

Great, thanks Otto Smile I can't say at this point what would be needed, but I'm thinking relatively sparse arrangements rather than throwing in everything and the kitchen sink.

(10-13-2016, 03:36 PM)Michael Willis Wrote: [ -> ]Mattias, what kind of collaboration are you looking for?  Are you specifically wanting help with live recording audio tracks, or are you also interested in additional songs to fill out the album?

I'm not sure TBH. Mostly, I think, it would be nice to have a bit more live instruments than what I could provide myself. The fewer virtual instruments the better I'd say, for this particular style of music.

(10-13-2016, 03:36 PM)Michael Willis Wrote: [ -> ]Ages ago I put together a folksy sounding midi piece with a fiddle lead, some kind of wind instrument doing secondary melody, acoustic string bass, and a number of other supporting instruments. For years I've felt it deserves a complete overhaul with significantly better audio, but I've never gotten to it (incidentally, this is the one that prompted me to ask about fiddling in another thread here).  It maybe has more of a harvest celebrating feeling to it, rather than winter, but it might still fit.

I would definitely be interested in hearing these tunes!

(10-13-2016, 03:36 PM)Michael Willis Wrote: [ -> ]Just curious, are you the vocalist in the current recordings?

Yup, that's me.
(10-12-2016, 10:13 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Anyway, I've always felt that these are some pretty good tunes that deserve to be recorded properly.

I listened to a few of the songs. I like them. I'm a fan of this style of music. They already sound "recorded properly" to me.

p.s. I like the vocals too.