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Fiddlerman's "Silent Night" Christmas Group Project 2013
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terezka
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1st-placethumbs-upviolin-1267Great job, Pierre!!!! :) Thanks!!!! I'm looking forward to the next project! 

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I'm already thinking about it....
My thought is to do "Mission Impossible"
Trouble is that it might be too difficult for most.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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And what about another classical piece? I've been thinking about Flower duet (Lakme) - too difficult? I'm not sure. 

Btw I have an idea for next xmas - Lullaby by Brahms? :)

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Fiddlerman said
I'm already thinking about it....
My thought is to do "Mission Impossible"
Trouble is that it might be too difficult for most.

My thoughts would be a 'fiddle' piece. 

I was re-watching Jaws last night and 'Spanish Ladies' comes to mind :)

Also listened to the MI theme again. I don't think that it is a piece that would be particularly useful to a learner to have in their repertoire. Can't see many playing it to their relatives or around the campfire. Its 'limited' as a solo piece for use after the project.

Just my thoughts on it :)

And then there is the problem that I really 'CAN'T STAND' Tom Cruise red_cursing

roflol

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Awesome Project! Nice to see it! Thanks, Pierre and everybody!cheers

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Fiddlerman said
I'm already thinking about it....
My thought is to do "Mission Impossible"
Trouble is that it might be too difficult for most.

 birthday_balloonThat one is cool =)banana

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Thank you so much for the redo, Pierre! It looks better than ever...not saying that because I'm in it but because now there are even more members in it and I noticed some formatting improvements.

It was very kind of you to take the time to do this at such a busy time of year.

Merry Christmas to you and your family...and the whole Fiddlerman.com family!

santa3

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Next project will even be better. I picked up some good tricks recently and FinalCut pro works much smoother on my computer now. :-)

 

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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A fantastic project everyone! My family and friends really enjoyed viewing it on Christmas Day. Many thanks Pierre and all those involved. Looking forward to the next one.

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What a nice arrangement. It's so moving to hear so many playing. Great job, everyone. Thank you for the time you put into putting these together, Fiddlerman. They're always so fun to watch. It's also so touching to see and listen to everyone's hard work and practice come together to create such a phenomenal collaboration. It's just so neat!

"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression."

Algernon Moncrieff (Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest")

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Wow!!! I finally got home to watch this and I'm (once again) awestruck.

Everybody did such a good job, and of course, I have seen the magic Pierre works on many occasions, and this is just another.  Thank you Fiddlerman!

hats_off

 

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For those of you who wonder how I do it. The first thing I do is extract the audio and import it into Digital Performer. Here is a screenshot proving that I actually do use each and every one of your recordings.I used to name the tracks but nowadays I just mix not knowing who played what.

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After importing the files, I line them up at the beginning and make sure that they are in line all the way to the end. Sometimes a member hasn't used the click track and it's not even close but when it's close I can splice and move parts forward and backwards to get it all to match. I also "normalize" the audio files so that we are working with equal gain to begin with.

I then turn on the mixer and begin mixing. Those parts that blend in a bit better I raise the sound and those who are less than perfect I lower. I don't exaggerate the mixing but even in an amateur orchestra, a player that plays off tends to play a bit softer whereas a better more advanced player plays louder. With 50 tracks you can turn any part up and it will be hard to hear. For example, I turned the cello (only one) audio up to max and it's very hard to hear it in the mix.

After mixing I group the parts and choose a bus for each part and balance the output.

For video video I did something different this time. I exported and converted all videos as MP4 files without sound. Imported all the videos and the master audio file into Final Cut Pro and have never been able to utilize the app as well as I could this time. Previously my computer would get stuck for hours and sometimes even crash....I look forward to making a video when not stressed for time on our next project. Having optimized and uniformed file types seems to make all the difference in the world.

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When you describe it like this, it looks simple, Fiddlerman. But I'd never dare try it. I§d like to praise you a lot, but for the right czech word my dictionary offers me only words like "champion" or "wrestler". roflol Now it added "miwy"... OMG! begdazed I suppose you to think out something very praising and I will confirm it. facepalm  :D

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terezka said
When you describe it like this, it looks simple, Fiddlerman. But I'd never dare try it. I§d like to praise you a lot, but for the right czech word my dictionary offers me only words like "champion" or "wrestler". roflol Now it added "miwy"... OMG! begdazed I suppose you to think out something very praising and I will confirm it. facepalm  :D

 

Lol awesome!

 

 

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Fiddlerman said
Thanks everyone. I know that you guys are forgiving. :-)
I'm happy to say that I added the four videos that you pointed out to me in which I missed. Also added the 2 tracks to the audio. Not that I could ever hear a difference afterwards but Toni, and Terezka's audio tracks are now part of the mix as well.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. I'll try to plan earlier next year. :)

 

I recognize several of you but would love to put more faces with names.  Where are you?  I'm at :20, lower left. 

 

Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.

 

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Nice idea, @Georganne . There were faces that I didn't recognize either and I agree that it's nice to put a face with a user name.

I'm at 3:12 in the lower right.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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@Georganne, I also agree it's a nice idea.

I'm at 3:12 in the lower left.

"Music is what feelings sound like." ~ Author Unknown

 

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I'm sure you know me due to my solo video, but I'm in the thumbnail, upper right. (Nobody wanted to guess, so the composer behind me is Josef Suk sr.) :)

So far I haven't found any picture of my shocking face for the avatar. dunnoEverything is too big. red_cursing

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3:12 > Santa > bottom middle.

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I'm the clown between :02 and :09 ;-)

Great idea Georganne. Thanks for doing that. hats_off

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman, are you sure that "clown" is the most praising word in Florida? cool As I use mostly scientific English, I would say you are at least a "supernormal sample". hats_off (Unbearably jokeful, as always.)

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