It's been quite a few years since I've done a recital. This past spring I made the commitment to put together a recital for the end of summer. It was originally schedule August 13th, but I got the dreaded Covid 4 days before. Now the rescheduled date of October 8th is fast approaching. This is going to be a woodwind multi-instrument program. It's my first time doing an "official" non-clarinet only recital.
I figured if I was going to do a doubling recital, I may as well do it right. There are pieces with the traditional woodwind family members....clarinet, flute and sax. But there are also a few pieces for instruments not normally seen in a recital setting. 19 instruments in total. It will hopefully be livestreamed and recorded.
Sonatina by Darren Lord
The Cycle of Life (O Ciclo da Vida) by Ricardo Matosinhos
Geordi Tunes by Peter Hope
Future Echoes from the Ancient Voicesof Turtle Island by William Moylan
Rainmaker by Philip Parker
Grande Fantasie de Concert “L’ Eco” by A.N. Mezzetti
I recently picked up a Re.corder by Artinoise. It is an electronic, midi recorder. I'd been looking at them for a little while, and after playing a nightmare gig, decided to use the money from the gig on something fun. At the time (a week ago), you could only buy them online from Thomann in Europe. A few days ago, a US distributor was announced, but the price is considerably higher.
So this thing is pretty interesting. First, even though it is an "electronic" recorder, you can also play it acoustically. There is a plastic plug that needs to be removed to play it that way. And the sound isn't a typical clear recorder tone, but it plays really well just by itself. But its main purpose is to be used as a midi controller. An app needs to be downloaded, then it connects to your device through Bluetooth.
Out of the box with the default settings, it'll take some getting used to. There is a bit of latency, which might be different with different devices. When I start a note, there is a noticeable (slight) delay in me hearing the note which causes me to play slower. That's getting better though with practice. And there are tons of settings that can be changed that may be able to alleviate that problem a bit.
The app comes with quite a few "instrument" sounds to choose from. Some of the sounds are better than others. There are woodwind, brass, string, percussion and synth sounds. The muted trumpet sounds really good. It's still a relatively new product, so I figure there will be updates to the app to make improvements. And there are ways to connect it to other midi apps. I'll have to explore those options at some point. There's also a section of the app which is a learning tool. I haven't explored that side of it.
I'm pleased with the purchase so far. It gets better every time I pick it up. Plus, there are lots of settings that need to be explored. I need to write down the default settings before I get into changing things though. Included with the re.corder is a USB charging cable, an extra plug (which covers the fipple when you are connected to the app), a "quickstart" guide, and a cleaning rod. Comes in red, blue, white, and black.