After this one, we have but one in the tank, so please send in your contributions. Today’s reader, is Peter Nothnagle, and his words are indented.
For the last 40+ years I have been a recording engineer, specializing in classical music. I am a loyal WEIT reader, and I even made an unexpected appearance in the very first Photos of Readers.
Among the many things that aren’t happening during the pandemic are performances and recording sessions by orchestras, choirs, and chamber ensembles, so I have spent much of the year doing other things (helping musicians sound better on Zoom, for example). For the last ten years I have volunteered at a state prison, making recordings of the prison choir and helping with a songwriting program in collaboration with the University of Iowa Music Education department. We haven’t been able to visit the prison since March, but we can collaborate with the incarcerated songwriters via email, and I thought it would be nice to record some of their songs, which will be shared on a Zoom call later this week.
Here I am recording the talented Joe Kim, who is singing one of the new songs. I normally record classical ensembles in concert halls and cathedrals but here we’re observing social distancing and enjoying the fresh air and sounds of nature in my garage:
Long ago I fancied myself an electronic music composer, and I mean to get back to that some day. A few years ago I participated in an informal concert, and here I am playing my Akai Electric Wind Instrument, with my 1965 Robert Moog theremin in the foreground: