Yesterday I teamed up with Andreas, who is currently on holiday in the Netherlands. The plan was to record (video and audio) three Dvorak Slavonic Dances and the Mozart Sonata KV497. Andreas decided that we do page-by-page recording, with a camera angle switch to hide each page turn. Gosh that process takes a lot of time ! Especially as Andreas had forgotten to take his tripod, so we had to fumble around with side tables and stacks of books.
We managed to get pretty decent recordings of the Dvorak pieces and the first part of the Mozart, and an acceptable recording or the second part of the Mozart. Alas there was no more time for the final movement (it would have taken too much time anyway as this is a pretty demanding piece of work).
We had a bit of a shock at the end of the recording session, as Andreas discovered that his Zoom H4 had not actually recorded anything because the input switch was still set to 'External Mics'. This is a pity as we thought we had some good recordings for the site. Now we'll have to see how well the audio from the camera can be brushed up - it won't be as good as that of the MP3 recorder. If only I had put my Edirol on the job as well... but there seemed no point in doing that at the moment. Ah well. Maybe there is time to repeat the session.
Now Andreas will have some homework when he gets home, merging and syncing alll the different tracks. He's good at that and likes doing it, so I am not too worried about it
It was very nice to meet with a PS friend and make music together. I hope it will not be the last and only time.