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The difference between a great performance/ recording and a so-so job is often in the planning. It's true that you can't "plan" artistic soul and emotion, but one can certainly do everything possible to minimize distractions. You can't create smoke sculptures in a windstorm.    — Anonymous And music is often like a smoke sculpture — it's there in perfect sharpness for a fleeting instant, and gone the next. A fine recording captures that ethereal beauty, and preserves it for later enjoyment by many who were not present. And while that mechanical reproduction can never be perfect, every faithfully captured nuance, every little glint of musical light, will make the reproduction all the more believable, no matter how and where it's played back. So what must we do? Even the simplest recording project can bog down if ill-planned. Here are a few simple ideas we like to pass along.
Rehearse; know the material. Don't strain "the knowing" to the point of anxiety, but the more automatic the mechanics of delivering the notes, the more you can decide the fine subtleties of how you want to deliver those notes. Knowing the material well gives you the confidence to deviate from "just another" performance. Know the performance environment; know what's there. Do you have enough light? Proper chairs? Will it be warm or cool enough? Make sure you’ll be comfortable in space. We’ll help you assess this during our site walkthrough. With that in mind, It's wonderful to have a working relationship with the facilities person in charge of the space you'll be using. And if that person is not known, both you and someone from our organization should get together with the Facilities person sooner rather than later. And it's important to get with the person with "mechanical authority" (the person with building keys) rather than relying
solely on a building manager. Don't skip or decline our pre-production meeting! Pre-planning is included with every MARS package. Does this project call for a piano? Is one on site? What is its condition? Can you get the instrument reviewed by a technician prior to the session or live event? Tell a piano tech what you're planning to do. An astute piano expert, without actually getting into voicing the instrument, can nudge the tuning a bit for an optimal recording, or even match a sound between sessions several months (and seasons) apart. Relax, have a good time. Preparing and practicing for musical art can be a demanding and taxing process. But the performance or session, while still possibly a major physical workout, should be a time of great delight. We'll do our best to keep the technical aspects on point so as to support and enhance the project.