Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions

Posted by: AB Forum Recital

Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/01/12 07:26 AM

Recital #28 is now open for submissions!

Believe it or not, our 28th quarterly Piano World Adult Beginners Forum recital approaches! smile The recital will be posted some time on the 15th of November, which means that the submissions must be in by 9:00 pm Eastern Time, November 14. Please note this deadline is very firm; I cannot start working on the recital until it is closed, and once it is closed, no new entries can be added.

While any and all styles of music are welcome, we do ask that it be piano related. Only one recording may be submitted per forum member (although that recording may consist of a medley of two or more very short related pieces).

If you are fairly new to the piano, please do not be intimidated by some of the talent here in the ABF. We all consider ourselves to be beginners even though we may have been playing for some time. And, we LOVE to hear recordings from folks new to the keyboard. So even if you’re on your first Alfred’s method book, we would *really* enjoy hearing from you. heart

Recital submissions must be in MP3 format. The maximum size of the file is 20 MB. We recommend encoding the recording at 192 kbs with a constant bitrate, as that works best with the online streaming player. At that bitrate, a 20 MB file works out to be about 7 minutes in length. Your recording will be normalized when placed in the consolidated zip files, but your original link will still be available for those who want it.

If you are new to recording your music, there are several threads in the forum archives that address the ways and means. See the "Important Topics in the AB Forum" thread stickied at the top of the AB forum page. Audacity is an excellent free recording application that can be used.

Submitting Your Recording:

We will be using again the absolutely marvelous automatic web-based recital program that mahlzeit wrote for us. You will upload your mp3 file to the recital server as part of the recital submission process.

When you have your mp3 file ready, go to:

http://recitals.pianoworld.com/


and follow the instructions there. Please note that this URL reflects our new permanent home for all the recital files. Once you have uploaded your info to the automated recital software, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You will have the opportunity to revise your submission any time up until the deadline. If you have any problems at all using the new website, or if you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within a few hours, just PM me. If you have not participated in past recitals using this software, you may want to submit your recital piece at least a day in advance in case you run into any problems with it.

The recital website uses the following submission template to be filled out along with your attached music file. You may want to have your responses to these fields prepared in advance so all you have to do is cut and paste:

Performer's Name: {forum ID and real name if you’d like}
Where you are located: {optional}
Avatar image link: {optional}
Experience: {Yrs/Mos of piano playing experience}
Link to YouTube or other video: {optional}
Home page link: {optional}
Title of piece/composer:
Source of music: {sheet music, improvised score, play-by-ear, etc}
Instrument used: {Piano make, keyboard model, etc.}
Recording method: {audacity, Zoom, digital to PC, etc.}
Constructive technical feedback wanted: {Yes/No}
Additional Info: {Your thoughts on the piece, what you had for lunch, etc.}


The due date for all submissions is 9:00 pm US EASTERN TIME on November 14, 2012.


Did I mention that the 9:00 pm deadline was firm?

Think "consistency of concrete." smokin

Please note also that the countdown clock on the recital website was acting up in the last recital and should not be relied upon as your sole time-keeper. Sam S. put in some heroic hours debugging the code, and we believe the problem is fixed, but (just in case) you should be aware that the deadline will be measured by "real" time. (Do not, I repeat, not, get all philosophical or physics-y on me and start debating what "real" time is.) In fact, do yourself and me a favor and don't put off submitting your piece until the last hour. Pretty please. smile

By submitting a piece to the recital, you are certifying that it is a recording of your own performance.

Again, the recital order will be presented in the order the pieces were received, so the sooner you send in your piece, the higher you will be on the list! You can revise your entries on the template (e.g., thoughts about your piece, adding YouTube links, and the like) any time and not lose your place in the recital queue, but if you resubmit your recording at any time, for any reason, you will be bumped to the end of the list.

Should anyone have any questions at all on what to do or how to do it, this is the place to ask. Remember, there are NO stupid questions, as we have a steady flow of new members in AB forum for whom this is their first recital, so your questions will probably help to eliminate other members’ problems. Please ask away! smile

Let's all go out and brave that Red Dot and share a lot of beautiful music! thumb
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/01/12 07:42 AM

Well, I'm in #1 this time...
I went to check if the recital was already online before I left for my tennis match ... And it was!

Thanks Monica!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/01/12 02:37 PM

We're already up to 10!! Time to get serious about putting in some Red Dot time...
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/01/12 04:27 PM

Well I'm in at # 12. I would have made the top 10 but just as I went to record using the Zoom I noticed that my RCA to 1/4'' plug adapter was broken. I needed this piece to record directly from my digital piano into the Zoom using the line level input (as well as a 2 into 1 "Y" stereo mini adapter. (I didn't move the mighty Mason this time. It's getting way to expensive and I'm having a ton of fun whipping around the Roland digital.)

I got through that ordeal thanks to a somewhat nearby Radio shack. A little pricey though!

Anyway, I usually end up dropping a few places by recital time as others below me question (and re-question) their submitted performances...(post submittal dissonance)? but this group seems really strong and committed so I may end up at an even dozen. Lots of great performances to look forward to.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/01/12 06:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky

Anyway, I usually end up dropping a few places by recital time as others below me question (and re-question) their submitted performances...(post submittal dissonance)? but this group seems really strong and committed so I may end up at an even dozen. Lots of great performances to look forward to.


Funny you say that ... post submittal dissonance. I had a strong leaning towards re-recoding today, but then thought better of it. The thing is ... will I ever be completely happy with it? I think not.

Kind of a double edge sword isn't it? On the one hand with a recorded piece we can take as many tries as we want to get it right. But will it ever be right? Not for me I don't think.

I've resigned to settle for ... this was the best I could do on the day I decided to record. Too bad I didn't record on a better day ... laugh
Posted by: wj3

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/01/12 07:57 PM

I am in at number 15. Its been awhile since I've participated. Its good to be back.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/01/12 11:32 PM

Greener, always wanting to do better is not a bad trait to have. It's part of our human nature. You seem to have it. That's good.

You and people like you are not slackers. Just the opposite. You are always looking for ways to do better and improve.

I'm similar in that respect but I've also been accused many times of not stopping and smelling the roses.

At some point you have to step back and be proud of what you have already accomplished even if you know there is still more to come.

It's time to smell the roses; at least for a little while.
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/02/12 04:14 AM

Note to self: finish recital piece instead of posting pictures of large decorative swine - that may or may not house functional pianos - on pianoworld.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/02/12 07:46 AM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Greener, always wanting to do better is not a bad trait to have. It's part of our human nature. You seem to have it. That's good.

You and people like you are not slackers. Just the opposite. You are always looking for ways to do better and improve.

I'm similar in that respect but I've also been accused many times of not stopping and smelling the roses.

At some point you have to step back and be proud of what you have already accomplished even if you know there is still more to come.

It's time to smell the roses; at least for a little while.


...and I will add this. You can always do better but sometimes you just have to say "OK, enough, here it is!" I think the day we say "This is perfect, I can't make it any better." is the day the work starts to lose it's spark. It's the drive to "make it better" that keeps the work interesting. Plus, if we keep waiting for the "perfect work" we'll probably never finish anything.

Man, I'm deep!!!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/02/12 05:10 PM

Spent a couple of hours with the Zoom and got a take I could submit, yay! laugh

...but then I committed the fatal mistake of listening to a recording of the composer himself playing the piece. help
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/02/12 05:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Spent a couple of hours with the Zoom and got a take I could submit, yay! laugh

...but then I committed the fatal mistake of listening to a recording of the composer himself playing the piece. help


sorry can't help, but can sure relate. I think if I go back and listen to Carl Seeman one more time, I may be inclined to take a sledge hammer to my piano. So, I'll try to hold off on doing that.

You may want to reference the last few posts on this thread, Monica. They were of help to me. I think I'll be going out to see if I can find some roses to smell tonight laugh
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/02/12 05:51 PM

I think this is the best antidote to our anxiety:

"The primary purpose of the recitals is to allow AB forum members to provide a snapshot of where they are in their piano journey at that particular point in time. The goal is not perfection but rather to share with one another our current projects." source:recitals.pianoworld.com

Never forget the spirit of it.
Posted by: pianonewb

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/02/12 06:40 PM

Been waiting for this! Now I've got to choose something to submit, lol.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/03/12 06:01 AM

>It's time to smell the roses; at least for a little while.

Not yet! Smelling the roses is for Thursday, November 15, 2012 :-p
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/03/12 10:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Spent a couple of hours with the Zoom and got a take I could submit, yay! laugh

...but then I committed the fatal mistake of listening to a recording of the composer himself playing the piece. help



Just submitted mine ... well, the upload is going anyway. It's been a while ... might not get there first time.

Anyway, my composer has been dead for over three hundred years so I'm safe from comparisions with him!
Posted by: cscl

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/03/12 11:00 PM

It's going to be a challenge for me this time with only ten days left. We moved this summer, I found a new piano teacher in September. We had a new baby born in October. And I started all new pieces in September instead of continuing where I left off with my old teacher. I've got 4 things brewing, two of them are short, maybe things will come together. Oh yeah, and I don't have my borrowed Zoom anymore. Need to order one of those! As you can see, factors are conspiring against me for ABF Recital #28. smile
Posted by: LizAnne

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 09:54 AM

Ah, I want to submit something but I don't have anything long enough that sounds decent. These little pieces we've been learning take about 20 seconds to play once I get them up to speed. :P
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 12:35 PM

the length is not so important, it's about how nice it sounds and how much fun you have with it. Maybe you can add a repeat if you think it's too short smile
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 01:18 PM

Originally Posted By: LizAnne
Ah, I want to submit something but I don't have anything long enough that sounds decent. These little pieces we've been learning take about 20 seconds to play once I get them up to speed. :P


I'd rather listen to an interesting, well played short piece than a boring long one.... smile
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 01:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: LizAnne
Ah, I want to submit something but I don't have anything long enough that sounds decent. These little pieces we've been learning take about 20 seconds to play once I get them up to speed. :P


I'd rather listen to an interesting, well played short piece than a boring long one.... smile


I agree - and Wouter is right too - add in a little repeat.
Or string a few of your pieces together as a little theme.

Several of my submissions have been under a minute :J) This time I've got 2 little pieces and I'm still under 2 minutes smile


I'm in now at 26,right after Andy Platt.
Posted by: LizAnne

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 01:58 PM

Gawsh, i actually did it.

It's up to a minute with a repeat.

But it's not well played, LOL. I mean, I did my best and it took about 75 takes to get a submittable one, but my best ain't all that hot. Still, though, I like submitting because it lets me hear my progress (at the expense of ruining a beautiful recital). Thanks for being a forgiving audience. smile
Posted by: LizAnne

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 02:01 PM

Dang, I should have waited one. I could have been #28 of recital #28. The next person has that honor.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 02:17 PM

Originally Posted By: LizAnne
Gawsh, i actually did it.

It's up to a minute with a repeat.

But it's not well played, LOL. I mean, I did my best and it took about 75 takes to get a submittable one, but my best ain't all that hot. Still, though, I like submitting because it lets me hear my progress (at the expense of ruining a beautiful recital). Thanks for being a forgiving audience. smile



Good for you! and NEVER think for an instant that you're ruining the recital! Good heavens! No.

Truly, truly I say to you..... we like to hear everyone's contributions. What is so very cool is that as you keep contributing we ALL get to hear your progress and give you feedback on it. I find that the encouragement I've received over the past few years has really meant a lot to me.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 02:31 PM

I'm in at #28. And I'm doing a prelude from Chopin's opus 28, so the number fits!

This is my first recording on my "new" piano. Tried various placements of my only microphone and finally settled on what Wouter told me to do - about a meter from the bend, pointed at the strings - close enough for amateurs.

Sam
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 02:36 PM

Okay Monica, I have a 'technical' question. Lets say that my goal is not to 'beat' the system, but rather to 'relax' it (or at least my stress levels) a little. Couldn't I do the following:

1.) Submit a fairly decent recording of my submission on the first of the month which will secure me a low spot on the performance list but then under my comments I will say...."Please watch the video". Since you can add a video up until just about the last second, this will give me another 2 weeks to fine tune and practice before I really MUST submit it.

So, as long as your willing to submit a video of your performance, you actually have until around Monicas bedtime on the 14th to submit your piece and still make it.

Now I know this is risky due to the "firm as concrete" rule and I don't want to encourage procrastination, but I'm just wondering if my logic is correct.

Bottom line: I want to know if I still have 2 more weeks to practice for a video.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 03:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Okay Monica, I have a 'technical' question. Lets say that my goal is not to 'beat' the system, but rather to 'relax' it (or at least my stress levels) a little. Couldn't I do the following:

1.) Submit a fairly decent recording of my submission on the first of the month which will secure me a low spot on the performance list but then under my comments I will say...."Please watch the video". Since you can add a video up until just about the last second, this will give me another 2 weeks to fine tune and practice before I really MUST submit it.

So, as long as your willing to submit a video of your performance, you actually have until around Monicas bedtime on the 14th to submit your piece and still make it.

Now I know this is risky due to the "firm as concrete" rule and I don't want to encourage procrastination, but I'm just wondering if my logic is correct.

Bottom line: I want to know if I still have 2 more weeks to practice for a video.


Yes, the video counts as just editing the text of your submission, so you can change the text at the last minute. But then, the audio and video won't match. Many people use the streaming player and that uses the audio file.

I have done this when I make the videos with sheet music. But I am using the same audio file, just adding video to it. When I finally edit the text to point to the video, I don't lose my place in line.

Sam
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 04:32 PM

>Now I know this is risky due to the "firm as concrete" rule and I don't want to encourage procrastination, but I'm just wondering if my logic is correct.

IMHO this logic is correct. I think it's possible in general to change videos while keeping the same link (so you can change even after the deadline). Furthermore, your place in the recital index would not match your actual submission time.

I'd rather suggest completely the opposite: why do we have a two-week submission slot anyway? Why not pick ONE DAY as deadline and require everyone to submit on that day? 24 hours for uploading seems plenty enough to me.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 04:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
I'm in at #28. And I'm doing a prelude from Chopin's opus 28, so the number fits!

This is my first recording on my "new" piano. Tried various placements of my only microphone and finally settled on what Wouter told me to do - about a meter from the bend, pointed at the strings - close enough for amateurs.

Sam


Nice, recital 28 place 28 for chopin 28!

Great to hear that my suggested placement works for you. Looking forward to how it sounds.
Posted by: LizAnne

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 06:11 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79

I'd rather suggest completely the opposite: why do we have a two-week submission slot anyway? Why not pick ONE DAY as deadline and require everyone to submit on that day? 24 hours for uploading seems plenty enough to me.


You'd lose the members who are less active on the forum.

I don't know how "unique" I am in this, but the only reason i submitted was that I happened to check in and see submission open, and it happened to be a lazy Sunday afternoon with nothing on my schedule, and I happened to have something semi-submittable. Little chance I'd get something in with only a 24 hour window.

...not that that would be a huge loss to the recital, in my case. smile
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 07:23 PM

Not everyone has the same schedule. If you were out of town, or working a strange shift, or sick that day, or whatever, you couldn't submit.

For me it doesn't make any difference that it's a 2-week long window. And I can't really see what overall difference it makes. The recital opens when it opens.

Cathy
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/04/12 09:24 PM

Okay thanks Sam. I guess I still could submit a video up until the 14th-ish but it would have to contain its own audio and would not match the audio on the player unless the audio used was from the video.

I did make a quick video using the video feature on my Cannon camera but it seems a bit grainy...(like a 70s Bigfoot spotting video). The audio is okay as well. Not great, just okay. Even if I made another video, the quality would not improve without better equipment so maybe I'll just stick with the audio that's pretty good since it was a direct digital recording using the line levels. That's unless there is a high demand for a grainy, camera quality video performance.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 04:18 AM

About the Video:
I do not usually watch the video... The MP3 format allows me to listen the pieces in the car when I'm in traffic, or to upload them to my MP3 player and listen the Recital wherever I want. Sorry my friends, I recognize your efforts to make the videos, but the MP3 format is more convenient.

About the sumbission deadline:
15 days it's OK. I usually have as deadline day 1 and the remaining 14 days serve as a safeguard in case something goes wrong. The problem is to deal with the anxiety...
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 08:37 AM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
I'm in at #28. And I'm doing a prelude from Chopin's opus 28, so the number fits!


Didn't we agree these were overplayed?! wink wink wink

Sorry but you are no longer 28 at #28; I had a duplicate submission - computer glitches - and that's been corrected. So, opus 28 and number 27.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 08:53 AM

Ditto to all of the above. It's the mp3 file you submit that gets put in all the archives, and many people work off the zip files.

I strongly prefer the two week submission window for all the reasons mentioned. Plus, it gives me plenty of time to trouble shoot any computer or uploading problems. (And every recital has some of those.) I wouldn't want to have the pressure of handling all that in one particular 24-hour period.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 08:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton


I'd rather listen to an interesting, well played short piece than a boring long one.... smile


[gulps] Er, you might want to skip mine, then. :-)
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 09:11 AM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Originally Posted By: Peyton


I'd rather listen to an interesting, well played short piece than a boring long one.... smile


[gulps] Er, you might want to skip mine, then. :-)


Your's are NEVER boring. Actually , if anyone is going to be guilty of long (hopefully not boring) it will be me. At 10 minutes mine is the longest piece I've ever put in the recital. I'll be lucky if I get ten people to listen all the way through.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 09:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
Originally Posted By: Sam S
I'm in at #28. And I'm doing a prelude from Chopin's opus 28, so the number fits!


Didn't we agree these were overplayed?! wink wink wink

Sorry but you are no longer 28 at #28; I had a duplicate submission - computer glitches - and that's been corrected. So, opus 28 and number 27.


Oh darn, I lost my #28 spot.

And, yes, it's overplayed, but you have never heard me play it. I'm not sure that you really want to. ha

Sam
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 10:58 AM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Originally Posted By: Peyton

I'd rather listen to an interesting, well played short piece than a boring long one.... smile

[gulps] Er, you might want to skip mine, then. :-)

Ups... and if someone sends a short AND boring one...? eek
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 12:40 PM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Originally Posted By: Peyton

I'd rather listen to an interesting, well played short piece than a boring long one.... smile

[gulps] Er, you might want to skip mine, then. :-)

Ups... and if someone sends a short AND boring one...? eek


...well then the pain is over quickly. smile
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 12:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
...At 10 minutes mine is the longest piece I've ever put in the recital. I'll be lucky if I get ten people to listen all the way through.


Do you provide an intermission for potty, adult beverage and popcorn? laugh
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 02:05 PM

Peyton, a 10 minute long submission is certainly allowed. Just remember however that there have been numerous 2 minute long submissions in the past. I'm never disappointed with your performances and I'm sure this time will be no exception. I'll just expect this performance to be 5 times better than previous ones that's all.

No stress buddy!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 03:55 PM

John, I should have thought of that!!! But hey, in this age of digital recording etc. all you have to do is hit that pause button and... instant intermission!

SH, just be sure to watch the video all the way through. I would hate for you to miss the dancing elephants and the car chase scene. (That should get me at least up to 15 people.... he he...)
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 04:41 PM

My teacher just gave me the "finished" light on my NEXT piece eek I'll have to keep it 'in stock' for the next recital...
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 04:47 PM

>Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation

Mike, seems you erroneously added the piano type number to your name?
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 06:13 PM

That was Mike's user name for years. He's just staying consistent.

Cathy
Posted by: DadAgain

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 06:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
...At 10 minutes mine is the longest piece I've ever put in the recital. I'll be lucky if I get ten people to listen all the way through.


Assuming I get myself in gear and manage to get a recording, I'll be close to the 10 minute mark this time too! I've never yet played it to an acceptable level all the way through - but I reckon I'm as close as I'm going to get, so its probably as good as time as any to face the microphone and record it 'warts and all'.

Hope I don't get accused of presenting a 'long boring' submission frown (Although if it *IS* boring - I'd still appreciate it if people did actually tell me!)

I'd usually go with video - but 10 minutes presents some significant issues for my video equipment so I might take the easy route and just submit audio this time.

Daughter might struggle this time - none of her current pieces are quite up to scratch at the moment as she's focusing on preparing for an upcoming Violin exam - so we might have to 'raid the archives' and see if there's something she wants to submit.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 07:17 PM

Couldn't get the Grieg ready in time. It's one of those faster pieces, and it's not musical enough yet for my slow fingers. So while I was practicing it a moment ago, I thought, let's see if I can get a decent take of the nocturne-stein monster I've been assembling in the laboratory. I got nervous toward the end, you can tell, that feeling of, 'hey, this might be good enough to submit.' Purists will scoff the digital instrument, and I'm sorry for that.

Look forward to hearing everything from everyone.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 07:44 PM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
About the Video:
I do not usually watch the video... The MP3 format allows me to listen the pieces in the car when I'm in traffic, or to upload them to my MP3 player and listen the Recital wherever I want. Sorry my friends, I recognize your efforts to make the videos, but the MP3 format is more convenient.



I agree that the mp3 is easier to digest especially on the go which makes it very convenient.

But I just want to add that to actually see the person playing in a video is a completely different experience for me. The performance comes alive to some extent. However, I understand that creating a video can be time consuming (red dot times 3 for me...). But for those of you who take the time to create/upload a video, I just want to say 'thank you' as it is so fun to watch you play in these recitals!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/05/12 10:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
I understand that creating a video can be time consuming (red dot times 3 for me...). But for those of you who take the time to create/upload a video, I just want to say 'thank you' as it is so fun to watch you play in these recitals!


Even when you can't watch a person's hands playing because there's something else going on in the video, videos can be a lot more time consuming to make, and just as much fun to watch--eek I hope.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/06/12 02:36 PM

Not only am I loving the relief of knowing that my recital piece is uploaded, but I also picked out and started practicing my recital piece for NEXT time. Yay. smile

p.s. you'll all be delighted to hear that I will be returning to Einaudi. smile
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/06/12 02:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.


p.s. you'll all be delighted to hear that I will be returning to Einaudi. smile


Who? laugh
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/06/12 04:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: Monica K.


p.s. you'll all be delighted to hear that I will be returning to Einaudi. smile


Who? laugh


*snort, giggle* Glad I wasn't drinking at the computer.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/06/12 04:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: Monica K.

p.s. you'll all be delighted to hear that I will be returning to Einaudi. smile

Who? laugh

Ludo(something)...? I've heard of him... It's somehow between Bach and Beethoven which should make a very interesting style.
grin

Top 10 Composers played in ABF recitals...
125 : Chopin
105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
26 : Debussy
24 : Nevue
22 : Unknown
20 : Schubert
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/06/12 05:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Not only am I loving the relief of knowing that my recital piece is uploaded, but I also picked out and started practicing my recital piece for NEXT time.


I envy you! This sounds so good to me right now. I would love to start working on my next piece--and need to since its for a Christmas recital not PW's Valentine's!! Unfortunately I'm still struggling with the rhythms of the swing part of the ending I just had to give my ecital piece at the last minute and because of that it may indeed not come together till the last minute.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/07/12 05:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Not only am I loving the relief of knowing that my recital piece is uploaded, but I also picked out and started practicing my recital piece for NEXT time.


I envy you! This sounds so good to me right now. I would love to start working on my next piece--and need to since its for a Christmas recital not PW's Valentine's!! Unfortunately I'm still struggling with the rhythms of the swing part of the ending I just had to give my ecital piece at the last minute and because of that it may indeed not come together till the last minute.


And if I told you that I've my next piece ready already...? thumb
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/07/12 01:15 PM


Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
And if I told you that I've my next piece ready already...? thumb


Maybe nothing, since I know you're supernaturally gifted and can play something from memory after reading it only a few time, but I might shoot myself--metaphorically speaking, that is. crazy smile
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/07/12 04:02 PM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: Monica K.

p.s. you'll all be delighted to hear that I will be returning to Einaudi. smile

Who? laugh

Ludo(something)...? I've heard of him... It's somehow between Bach and Beethoven which should make a very interesting style.
grin

Top 10 Composers played in ABF recitals...
125 : Chopin
105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
26 : Debussy
24 : Nevue
22 : Unknown
20 : Schubert


After fact checking, I agree with only one slight modification. Here's the update.

105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
28 : Mr Super-Hunky
26 : Debussy
24 : Nevue
22 : Unknown
20 : Schubert

Now I understand that not everyone may agree with "unknown" as an actual composer and even David Nevue hasn't been around all that long, but the rest of the list seems to be rock solid and indisputable beyond any reasonable doubt. Ha ha!
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/07/12 04:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: Monica K.

p.s. you'll all be delighted to hear that I will be returning to Einaudi. smile

Who? laugh

Ludo(something)...? I've heard of him... It's somehow between Bach and Beethoven which should make a very interesting style.
grin

Top 10 Composers played in ABF recitals...
125 : Chopin
105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
26 : Debussy
24 : Nevue
22 : Unknown
20 : Schubert


After fact checking, I agree with only one slight modification. Here's the update.

105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
28 : Mr Super-Hunky
26 : Debussy
24 : Nevue
22 : Unknown
20 : Schubert

Now I understand that not everyone may agree with "unknown" as an actual composer and even David Nevue hasn't been around all that long, but the rest of the list seems to be rock solid and indisputable beyond any reasonable doubt. Ha ha!


Mr. Super-Hunky..... Sam's updated ABF Recital index shows 130 Chopin submissions and 1 Chopin. (with a period).... I think he should still be at the top of the list...:)

As for that Unknown guy...never heard of him!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/07/12 04:29 PM

130? I see 234 Chopin submissions shocked
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/07/12 04:56 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
130? I see 234 Chopin submissions shocked

Hmmm, I think we discovered another "bug" in the new ABF Recital index... smirk
Browsing by composer: Chopin (234) + Chopin.(1) = 235
Browsing ABF Recital statistics: TOP 25 composers -> 1st, 125 Chopin
crazy

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky

105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
28 : Mr Super-Hunkysmokin
26 : Debussy
(...)

wow I've noticed (and loved!) Mr Super-Hunky position in the table update (by himself). Did you? thumb
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/07/12 05:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
And if I told you that I've my next piece ready already...? thumb


Maybe nothing, since I know you're supernaturally gifted and can play something from memory after reading it only a few time, but I might shoot myself--metaphorically speaking, that is. crazy smile


Starr Keys, remember this?
- Falling In Love Again - Hollander, Frederick
- Get Here - Russell, Brenda
- It Goes Like It Goes - Shire, David
- Kiss from a Rose - Seal
- The Last Time I Saw Paris - Kern, Jerome

I do.
And you know why? Because you, and all of the active members of this forum, has some ability behind the love for piano. Yes, I can memorize with ease, but without this community and without what I've listened and learned with you all, I would never have gotten where I am now. IMO, this is the real supernatural gift we all share.
thumb
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/07/12 06:36 PM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: wouter79
130? I see 234 Chopin submissions shocked

Hmmm, I think we discovered another "bug" in the new ABF Recital index... smirk
Browsing by composer: Chopin (234) + Chopin.(1) = 235
Browsing ABF Recital statistics: TOP 25 composers -> 1st, 125 Chopin
crazy

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky

105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
28 : Mr Super-Hunkysmokin
26 : Debussy
(...)

wow I've noticed (and loved!) Mr Super-Hunky position in the table update (by himself). Did you? thumb



Okay Carlos wins the "Where's Waldo" award for picking up on this. I think you busted me before as well.

Anyway, I'm going to have to re-think a way to get into this top 10 list. For obvious reasons Mozart and alike are safe. My only chance would be to either fill the "unknown" slot or take out David Nevue somehow (itching powder?, fire ants emerging from between the keys?). But we all would lose as a result of those actions so back to the "unknown" slot.

It's my only chance Carlos. Please don't take that from me!
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 01:47 AM

Woo hoo... got mine in! We're up to 32 submissions.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 02:12 AM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: wouter79
130? I see 234 Chopin submissions shocked

Hmmm, I think we discovered another "bug" in the new ABF Recital index... smirk
Browsing by composer: Chopin (234) + Chopin.(1) = 235
Browsing ABF Recital statistics: TOP 25 composers -> 1st, 125 Chopin
crazy

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky

105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
28 : Mr Super-Hunkysmokin
26 : Debussy
(...)

wow I've noticed (and loved!) Mr Super-Hunky position in the table update (by himself). Did you? thumb


lol.... I was so surprised to see Chopin missing that the other little change slipped by me! I should have expected a teaser from Mr. Super-Hunky!
I guess we should let Sam know there's another wee glitch in the recital index.
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 05:24 AM

I hope to make a (first!) submission, but the red dot is imposing and I can't seem to get a recording without horrible horrible mistakes. That's... normal, isn't it?
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 05:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Allard
I hope to make a (first!) submission, but the red dot is imposing and I can't seem to get a recording without horrible horrible mistakes. That's... normal, isn't it?


Very very normal! In fact, it is so normal that after the recital is launched, everyone who participates becomes a member of a very special group --- the "Order of the Red Dot" smile

We are all deeply traumatized by that red recording light. I think it is as difficult to be calm with the light as it is to perform for an audience - maybe even more difficult because generally you can feel that your listeners are listening with kind enthusisam... but that red light is just a cold hard stare!
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 06:59 AM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: Monica K.


p.s. you'll all be delighted to hear that I will be returning to Einaudi. smile


Who? laugh


*snort, giggle* Glad I wasn't drinking at the computer.



One should never drink and (hard) drive... laugh
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 07:39 AM

Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: Monica K.


p.s. you'll all be delighted to hear that I will be returning to Einaudi. smile


Who? laugh


*snort, giggle* Glad I wasn't drinking at the computer.



One should never drink and (hard) drive... laugh


You are so right TJ...... One might ram into something!
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 02:30 PM

Suddenly everything came together and I got a recording I'm actually happy with laugh

Now I'm particularly looking forward to hearing Jared's To Zanarkand and mr Super-Hunky's Nothing Else Matters submissions. Love both songs.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 02:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: wouter79
130? I see 234 Chopin submissions shocked

Hmmm, I think we discovered another "bug" in the new ABF Recital index... smirk
Browsing by composer: Chopin (234) + Chopin.(1) = 235
Browsing ABF Recital statistics: TOP 25 composers -> 1st, 125 Chopin
crazy

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky

105 : Bach
58 : Einaudi
53 : Beethoven
35 : Schumann
30 : Mozart
28 : Mr Super-Hunkysmokin
26 : Debussy
(...)

wow I've noticed (and loved!) Mr Super-Hunky position in the table update (by himself). Did you? thumb



Okay Carlos wins the "Where's Waldo" award for picking up on this. I think you busted me before as well.

Anyway, I'm going to have to re-think a way to get into this top 10 list. For obvious reasons Mozart and alike are safe. My only chance would be to either fill the "unknown" slot or take out David Nevue somehow (itching powder?, fire ants emerging from between the keys?). But we all would lose as a result of those actions so back to the "unknown" slot.

It's my only chance Carlos. Please don't take that from me!

C'mon, you're already on the top of the "original and covers" table. And, you are one rare case of not missing any Recital so far. thumb
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 04:42 PM

Carlos, being on top of the 'original composition' list could also be viewed as ...maybe this guys too stupid to read music! Hmmm, I'll keep quiet on that one!

Also, don't forget, I've been accused nominated for being the top of several lists here on PW which include:

.Biggest grandstander
.Overly opinionated blubermouth
.Pompous ass
.Ego-maniac
.Attention hog

I'm not saying I've earned or deserved these titles, but the colorful ribbons are nice to have hanging on the walls and simple things like that make me happy.

Allard: I'm glad to hear you are looking forward to hear the "Nothing Else Matters" piece. Others on this forum will have noticed the amount of buildup and hype I have been putting into this submission...(it's what I do cuz I'm shameless!). hopefully you like the performance. Just another teaser....this piece contains the largest piano glissando know to mankind followed by an explosion of thunder. Lots-O-fun!

Also, if your a really good searcher, you may be able to find a video somewhere of my performance of "To Zanarkand" from several years ago. I no longer have the video. I'm also a huge Nobuo Uematsu fan as well and am looking forward to hearing Jareds rendition.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 05:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Carlos, being on top of the 'original composition' list could also be viewed as ...maybe this guys too stupid to read music! Hmmm, I'll keep quiet on that one!

Also, don't forget, I've been accused nominated for being the top of several lists here on PW which include:

.Biggest grandstander
.Overly opinionated blubermouth
.Pompous ass
.Ego-maniac
.Attention hog

I'm not saying I've earned or deserved these titles, but the colorful ribbons are nice to have hanging on the walls and simple things like that make me happy.

LOL ha , you are unique, Mr Super-Hunky.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 05:08 PM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
And if I told you that I've my next piece ready already...? thumb
Maybe nothing, since I know you're supernaturally gifted and can play something from memory after reading it only a few time, but I might shoot myself--metaphorically speaking, that is. crazy smile

Starr Keys, remember this?
- Falling In Love Again - Hollander, Frederick
- Get Here - Russell, Brenda
- It Goes Like It Goes - Shire, David
- Kiss from a Rose - Seal
- The Last Time I Saw Paris - Kern, Jerome
I do.
And you know why? Because you, and all of the active members of this forum, has some ability behind the love for piano. Yes, I can memorize with ease, but without this community and without what I've listened and learned with you all, I would never have gotten where I am now. IMO, this is the real supernatural gift we all share.
thumb


It does strike me sometimes that there is some new spirit of harmonic connection and cooperation abroad in the world today(and not just in music).

Maybe it will help me to complete what now seems a Herculean task for me. This really feels like the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done, with three distinct styles and different rhythms not only distinctive for each style but changing within the styles themselves. That and I’ve got to sing (since my arrangement is for accompaniment) and try to put together the slide show I planned for it in honor of my sister’s birthday this Sunday--it may have to be postponed for a later time, though, if I can't get a recording till the deadline day.

Thanks for the encouragement. I didn’t realize I’d participated in that many ecitals. It helps give me confidence to know I made so many deadlines. smile
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/08/12 05:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Carlos, being on top of the 'original composition' list could also be viewed as ...maybe this guys too stupid to read music! Hmmm, I'll keep quiet on that one!

Also, don't forget, I've been accused nominated for being the top of several lists here on PW which include:

.Biggest grandstander
.Overly opinionated blubermouth
.Pompous ass
.Ego-maniac
.Attention hog



I don't know SH, I'm almost certain no one has nominated you for "Attention Hog"..... smile
Posted by: jaredm2012

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/09/12 01:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Allard
Suddenly everything came together and I got a recording I'm actually happy with laugh

Now I'm particularly looking forward to hearing Jared's To Zanarkand and mr Super-Hunky's Nothing Else Matters submissions. Love both songs.


Ah thanks! I really hope you guys like it =) I managed to get a decent recording with only a few little blips! Though I wish I had a better recording method, the microphone doesn't pick up as well as I would like (need to get MIDI cables, or however all that works).

Can't wait to hear everyone's submissions!
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/09/12 03:45 AM

My Yamaha P95 doesn't have a proper line out. Had to connect the headphone plugs to the computer with a USB interface, but then the piano doesn't make any sound. Added a splitter so I could also plug in my headphones. It's far from ideal; the splitter doesn't connect very well and the headphones only had sound on the left side, with heavy bass. Thankfully the computer did get the right side and high tones, but it was weird to monitor!

I love To Zanarkand. A year ago I started learning piano with Alfred's and Christmas songs. As soon as Christmas was over, the To Zanarkand sheet music topped the piano and didn't come off for several months. Had to learn it! It took ages since I had to figure out tons of technique with only two months of experience under the belt. Still, slow progress is progress too. A few months later I started taking lessons and played the piece to my teacher. He stated the obvious that this music was still beyond my technical level. Damn right too; the 16ths and 32nds near the end seem nigh impossible.
Posted by: jaredm2012

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/09/12 04:12 AM

Yea I'm just playing the original version, I can't take on the Piano Collection version of it yet... those 16th/32nd arpeggios are beyond me right now! Though I probably could do the rest of that version now... hopefully I can soon be at a level where I can do the whole thing!

I think the piano I'm using has just about every type of output, I'm just not sure which one to use and what cables I need! So I just use a portable condenser mic for now, which is fine because I can record myself in the practice room acoustic pianos on campus. I want to look into finding better (and affordable) ways to record the digital piano though.
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/09/12 04:32 AM

If it's any help, I replace the 16/32 crazy left hand with a repeat of the 8th arpeggios earlier (you know, where the right hand plays the same) and it still sounds like a proper song.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/09/12 10:24 AM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: wouter79
130? I see 234 Chopin submissions shocked

Hmmm, I think we discovered another "bug" in the new ABF Recital index... smirk
Browsing by composer: Chopin (234) + Chopin.(1) = 235
Browsing ABF Recital statistics: TOP 25 composers -> 1st, 125 Chopin
crazy



The old index also has entries for the all-Chopin ecitals that were held over in the Pianist Corner. That's why the category list on the old index showed so many Chopin entries. But in the new index, I am no longer indexing those recitals. Instead it is only the ABF Recitals. So the (probably) correct number for Chopin entries is 131 (I moved the "Chopin." performance to "Chopin").

I'm going to redo the statistics page too while I am fooling with things.

Sam
Posted by: zrtf90

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/09/12 12:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
So the (probably) correct number for Chopin entries is 131 (I moved the "Chopin." performance to "Chopin").

Does that mean he's still getting credit for "Here, There and Everywhere" and "Johnson Rag"? wink
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/09/12 01:06 PM

Originally Posted By: zrtf90
Originally Posted By: Sam S
So the (probably) correct number for Chopin entries is 131 (I moved the "Chopin." performance to "Chopin").

Does that mean he's still getting credit for "Here, There and Everywhere" and "Johnson Rag"? wink



I moved those, and another one that was incorrect - Chopin is down to 128 now.

Sam
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/11/12 02:47 PM

*bumpety-bump* Just a few more days to conquer that red dot...
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/11/12 06:46 PM

I'm workin' on it, I'm workin' on it.

Work has been a pain.

Cathy
Posted by: DadAgain

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 12:01 AM

Submission made....

...All the grand plans of long and technically brilliant bit of Beethoven fell aside when I realised that despite my playing being better than I expected and probably capable of reaching a suitable performance, the piano is not in it best (a recent bout of super-wet weather has clearly had an effect and tuning has gone unpleasant).

Add to that daughter being very busy preparing for her AMEB grade 3 Violin exam this week (meaning Piano has taken a bit of a backseat compared to normal) and neither of us were happy with what we could do.

So instead we grabbed a duet that was thrown at daughter a couple of weeks ago to play in a concert this last weekend. Its simple, but a bit of fun and our first attempt to record a duet.

Hope you enjoy.

I've posted the MP3 which is AWFUL recording quality - even by my own poor standards, but We did record that performance on the iPad too - so I should upload it to YouTube and add a link for those who like the visuals (and you can chose which microphone is worse - the iPad or the Dell Laptop!)
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 04:38 AM

Originally Posted By: DadAgain
So instead we grabbed a duet that was thrown at daughter a couple of weeks ago to play in a concert this last weekend. Its simple, but a bit of fun and our first attempt to record a duet.

Hope you enjoy.

I've posted the MP3 which is AWFUL recording quality - even by my own poor standards, but We did record that performance on the iPad too - so I should upload it to YouTube and add a link for those who like the visuals (and you can chose which microphone is worse - the iPad or the Dell Laptop!)


a duet!? How fun. And don't worry - so long as your recording quality is at least better than BachMach's (running PW joke), people will listen (sadly people still listen to bachmach, regardless)
Posted by: Valencia

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 11:13 AM

Can someone give me some advice about the technical stuff? I have a recording of a portion of a work in progress that i was thinking to submit. but it was recorded using a very basic digital recorder. I uploaded the file into audacity. And cannot save it as 192 bitrate. I used audacity to change the project rate 128 and that was as good as i could do. I have no idea what I am doing in that regard or if that change even made a difference to the way the file sounds. I think it was originally recorded at a bit rate of 64?

Is it possible to submit something like this? The recording is about 1.5 min long and about 1.5 MB file size.

haha...maybe I won't submit it. it was a whim anyway, and it's not a recording where i'm playing the piece well or even for enjoyable listening, it's just a snapshot of my playing a portion of this piece. a very anti-perfectionistic snipit.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 11:16 AM

are you EXPORTING AS MP3? Then 128 is ok. In that case 1.5MB file is fine and Size seems ok for 1.5 min.

Oh, just make sure you listen carefully to the final result file if it sounds ok, before submitting.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 12:04 PM

I discovered that I've been playing a wrong note in a chord for at least two weeks - I hate when that happens. My teacher pointed it out last night. That's not the first time that has happened to me. I somehow get a wrong note stuck in my head (or under my fingers) and have to adjust when I finally realize my error. It's always an interior note in a big chord.

So I had to brave the red dot again and re-record. As a result I have dropped like a stone through the recital order and everyone else has moved up! You're welcome...

Sam
Posted by: jaredm2012

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 12:08 PM

I just got some nice stereo cables in to record a higher quality sound file, but last night I just couldn't play it through! Kept making all sorts of mistakes I never make. Hopefully I can still work that out before submissions are due!
Posted by: Valencia

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 12:14 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
are you EXPORTING AS MP3? Then 128 is ok. In that case 1.5MB file is fine and Size seems ok for 1.5 min.

Oh, just make sure you listen carefully to the final result file if it sounds ok, before submitting.


Thanks so much wouter! smile Yes I've exported to mp3 format, and it sounds ok enough I suppose. So...maybe I will submit!
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 12:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
I discovered that I've been playing a wrong note in a chord for at least two weeks - I hate when that happens. My teacher pointed it out last night. That's not the first time that has happened to me. I somehow get a wrong note stuck in my head (or under my fingers) and have to adjust when I finally realize my error. It's always an interior note in a big chord.

So I had to brave the red dot again and re-record. As a result I have dropped like a stone through the recital order and everyone else has moved up! You're welcome...

Sam


Hey Sam, for all the work you do, I vote for you to go ahead and manipulate the software and take whatever spot you want.

I feel for you. If it was non-classical and the note otherwise still fit with the chord, I'd leave it. But with classical (as is yours) yep, I'm afraid I would be re-recording too ... as I have also been tempted to do, each time I take a listen to what I posted. I don't listen to it anymore ...
Posted by: Copper

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 01:08 PM


I'm in.

It's good to see everyone.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 01:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
So I had to brave the red dot again and re-record. As a result I have dropped like a stone through the recital order and everyone else has moved up! You're welcome...

Sam


You're still ahead of me smile

Hope to record today. If not today, it ain't going to happen. . .

Cathy
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 04:27 PM

Sam,

Nobody probably would have noticed that single inner note? However, is the overall sound and energy better than the previous recording? I usually don't worry too much about a few small mistake... There's a pretty obvious 'typo' somewhere halfway my recording ;-)
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 05:02 PM

I came in at #44. I've been fighting the beginning of a cold and sore throat and felt my energy sapping and my throat getting scratchier by the minute, so it was now or never smile. Not perfect but better than I'd had a right to expect given how crappy I was starting to feel.sick
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 07:15 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
Sam,

Nobody probably would have noticed that single inner note? However, is the overall sound and energy better than the previous recording? I usually don't worry too much about a few small mistake... There's a pretty obvious 'typo' somewhere halfway my recording ;-)


The first recording was better, of course - yeah, that's the ticket, it was way better. smile

There are different kinds of mistakes though. Knowing the right note and accidentally playing the wrong note is forgivable. But miss-reading the music and playing a d# instead of a c# is a worse error and pretty embarrassing.

It's worrisome how often this happens. I know I'm getting old. Maybe I need new glasses smile

Sam
Posted by: Valencia

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 08:03 PM

Eek! I did it. I submitted a recording of just the first and part of the last page of winter wind. it's rough and short and slow compared to how it is supposed to be played, but oh well. It was fun. smile
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 09:45 PM

I'm in.

Cathy
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/13/12 10:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
I discovered that I've been playing a wrong note in a chord for at least two weeks - I hate when that happens. My teacher pointed it out last night. That's not the first time that has happened to me. I somehow get a wrong note stuck in my head (or under my fingers) and have to adjust when I finally realize my error. It's always an interior note in a big chord.

So I had to brave the red dot again and re-record. As a result I have dropped like a stone through the recital order and everyone else has moved up! You're welcome...

Sam


Note to recital listeners... Just because someone is in as number 1 or 11 does not mean that is the order they need to be listened to. I for one will be listening first to the two people that worked the hardest to make these recitals happen... Monica and Sam. Regardless of whatever number they finally end up entering. smile
Posted by: Teodor

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 02:10 AM

Submitted smile
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 03:11 AM

I always get a kick out seeing the order other people choose to listen.

Some go for all the new comers first, some go for folks they know better, some according to genre, some go for all the ones with videos...Some start at the end and go to the beginning.....

Me? Traditional, conservative - I start at 1 and work my way through smile

Can't wait to start listening tomorrow!
Posted by: bessel

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 10:12 AM


I made it... went with the Schumann, struggling all the way. I even managed to delete one of my good takes... with sick kids around all day and up half the night, I didn't get the "horseman" take until very late last night!

I forgot to mention lunch... today it will be chicken livers, yummm.

Looking forward to hearing all of your pieces!
Posted by: Norrec

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 10:28 AM

Last night I managed to get a recording I was happy with. Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish learning either of the two peices I had hoped to play for this recital. It was either play a peice that I learned a week or two after the last recital or run through various things in Alfred's. I decided to spend a day re-learning the earlier peice and re-record it rather than play the 'basic' Alfred's stuff.

What is the opinon on one mp3 with different versions of the same peice? The piece is about 1.5 minutes long. I have the recording from last night, the original recording from 2.5 months ago, and a for-fun recording played using a non-piano voice on my digital piano. I was going to record all three as a single mp3 and submit that. Would it be prefered if I only submitted one version?
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 10:47 AM

Norrec - you don't have to worry about it being 1.5 minutes long - I've submitted several that are around that length, and so have others. Most of mine don't go much over 2 minutes, because they're pop songs, and that's the most times I can repeat them without them becoming totally boring laugh What we enjoy is hearing "where you are now" - and I know that when I go back and listen to my earlier submissions that's the part I like knowing. I can tell what my progress has been.

Some people do make bigger "productions", like adding slides for a video, etc, but really, those are just frosting on the cake. The music is the real deal - and your re-recording is the real deal, too. It's what we really want to hear, your music, right now. It's a submission in the true spirit of the ABF recitals, and when you listen to it again, several recitals from now, you'll love hearing where you are right now.

That's my take on it, any way. I'll look out especially for your submission!

Cathy
Posted by: bessel

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 11:26 AM


FWIW, my submission this time is 1.5 minutes... my submission the last time I participated (2 recitals ago) was 1 minute, and the time before that it was 1.5 minutes. I'm on the shorter end of things, but by no means alone down there.

I'm with Cathy - the spirit of this, to me, is part about the fun of the music (however long) everyone brings to the table, and part about "where you are right now in your playing".
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 11:27 AM

Originally Posted By: bessel
(...)I'm with Cathy - the spirit of this, to me, is part about the fun of the music (however long) everyone brings to the table, and part about "where you are right now in your playing".

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Posted by: Ganddalf

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 01:27 PM

Exiting this. I'm in for the first time, and hope that both my playing and the technical issues with recording and file formats are ok.

Actually I planned to submit a shorter piece, but after recording six different compositions I went for the one sounding best to me. "Unfotrunately" this was a Chopin piece. I promise to come up with something more original the next time.

Recording my playing and listening to it was a tough experience. But also quite useful. I'll do that frequently in the future hoping that it will help me improving my skills.
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 01:39 PM

Ganddalf, I love classical piano music, no matter how much or how little it is played, so no "unfortunately" for playing Chopin from my point of view.
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 01:42 PM

The deadline says it's 9 p.m. eastern time, but the countdown hours and minutes on the submission page work out to 8 p.m. Just in case anyone is planning to submit even later than I have (6 hours and 20 minutes to go), you may not want to leave it till the very last hour.
Posted by: bessel

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 01:45 PM

Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
Ganddalf, I love classical piano music, no matter how much or how little it is played, so no "unfortunately" for playing Chopin from my point of view.


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Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 02:30 PM

Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
The deadline says it's 9 p.m. eastern time, but the countdown hours and minutes on the submission page work out to 8 p.m. Just in case anyone is planning to submit even later than I have (6 hours and 20 minutes to go), you may not want to leave it till the very last hour.


Submission countdown timer is correct now. Do not be late. Someone was late last time and did not get in. If I were you I would not wait until the last hour. The submission period stops when Monica says it stops, which is sometime around 9PM.

The timer was off because it started before we changed to DST - corrected now.

Sam
Posted by: Sam Rose

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 05:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S


Do not be late. Someone was late last time and did not get in.

Sam


That someone was me. And it won't happen again smile
I just got in laugh
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 06:54 PM

Opps, booboo. I'm #43 not #44.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 06:57 PM

I just sent you your magic code, Starr Keys. It would've been easier if you had mentioned what your PW name was in your email. I had to do a bit of sleuthing to figure out what entry was yours. wink
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 07:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
Submission countdown timer is correct now. Do not be late. Someone was late last time and did not get in. If I were you I would not wait until the last hour. The submission period stops when Monica says it stops, which is sometime around 9PM.


It won't be before 9:00, but it possibly will be 9:01. I've got a very early morning tomorrow so want to get going as soon as I can.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 08:34 PM

Thirty minute warning bell.... Ding Ding Ding Ding....

I just had a little scare. I went to upload my youtube video and then updated my recital submission, only to discover I had uploaded the wrong danged video. Oopsie. crazy
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 08:39 PM

Well I just snuck in my "what you had for lunch" description. I didn't fill it out originally because I was in too much of a hurry to nab an early bird spot and was going to get back to it. I almost forgot!

Anyway, I used my 'magic code' to make a simple last minute editing change without a hitch. (Nice feature).

I wouldn't risk sending in my MP3 submission at the absolute last second though simply because it is what Monica is asking us NOT to do. [Insert the 'firm as concrete' thing].

She doesn't get paid enough and you've got two weeks..[336 hours) to submit your piece. No need for the last minute stress bomb.
Posted by: Mile Hi Steve

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 08:51 PM

My goodness, I have GOT to quit procrastinating. It's going to be the death of me I know it. But I'm so glad I got this in under the wire! These recitals are highlights of my year thanks to everybody here!

Happy Halloween
ummm.. or Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/uhh.. Happy New Year

Steve
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- Call For Submissions - 11/14/12 09:05 PM

Okay, gang... recital is closing for submissions. See y'all on the other side...

[Monica jumps into nearest phone booth, emerges wearing "AB_Forum_Recital" superhero outfit.]