Recording

Tetrahedral Audio will record your concert or make a demo for you. Our experience is mainly with classical music, but we will consider other requirements.

Our philosophy is to aim to produce natural-sounding recordings without any artificial emphasis or misleading balance. This is achieved by using a single microphone of the 'soundfield' type placed carefully for the best balanced result; only very rarely have I found this to be insufficient.

Microphones can be positioned using stands or suspended on a rope - between pillars in a church often works well. The choice may be affected by considerations of safe access as well as appearance. It is helpful to be able to get the equipment set up in place during a rehearsal preceding the performance in order to verify that the microphone is well positioned. There have also been occasions (whisper it!) that it has been possible to repair a flaw in the performance from the rehearsal).

Stereo sample tracks

Vierne - Agnus Dei - Exeter College, Oxford:

Two organs play in this track; the chamber organ (supplied by Tetrahedral Audio) which plays with the choir is right-front, and the main organ that plays after the choir is behind.

Britten - Hymn to the Virgin - Oxford University Church:

The semichorus is in the left-hand aisle.

Anon - Hanacpachap cussicuinin - Holy Rood Church, Oxford:

The choir processes from behind to the front, by different routes.

Hildegard of Bingen - Nunc gaudeant materna - Bartlemas Chapel, Oxford:

The three singers were around the microphone facing each other.

Unheard Voices - Family Affair - Walthamstow Assembly Hall:

Choirs and percussion groups from half a dozen primary schools were arranged around all the walls of the hall; there were instrumentalists in front (as recorded) and a keyboardist leading from behind the microphone, which was placed in the centre of the hall.

Maw - Jean Baptiste (excerpt) - Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford:

The microphone was under the tower; you can hear that there is most reverberation from the right-rear, the direction of the Latin Chapel (but in the stereo version this comes from the left speaker).

Bruckner - Libera me - Salisbury Cathedral:

Surround sample tracks

These will play through the left-front, right-front, left-rear, and right-rear speakers of a surround setup. If you do not have surround speakers, the browser will downmix them to stereo in a manner of its choosing.

Vierne - Agnus Dei - Exeter College, Oxford:

Two organs play in this track; the chamber organ (supplied by Tetrahedral Audio) which plays with the choir is right-front, and the main organ that plays after the choir is behind.

Britten - Hymn to the Virgin - Oxford University Church:

The semichorus is in the left-hand aisle.

Anon - Hanacpachap cussicuinin - Holy Rood Church, Oxford:

The choir processes from behind to the front, by different routes.

Hildegard of Bingen - Nunc gaudeant materna - Bartlemas Chapel, Oxford:

The three singers were around the microphone facing each other.

Unheard Voices - Family Affair - Walthamstow Assembly Hall:

Choirs and percussion groups from half a dozen primary schools were arranged around all the walls of the hall; there were instrumentalists in front (as recorded) and a keyboardist leading from behind the microphone, which was placed in the centre of the hall.

Maw - Jean Baptiste (excerpt) - Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford:

The microphone was under the tower; you can hear that there is most reverberation from the right-rear, the direction of the Latin Chapel (but in the stereo version this comes from the left speaker).

Venues in which I have recorded

Oxford

Christ Church Cathedral
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
St Michael at the North Gate
St Mary Magdalen's church
New Road Baptist Church
St Margaret's church
St Barnabas church
Holy Rood church
Bartlemas Chapel
St Giles' church
Harris-Manchester College chapel
St Peter's College chapel
Merton College chapel
Exeter College chapel
Keble College chapel
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
Magdalen Grove Auditorium
Holywell Music Room Denis Arnold Hall
Oxford Town Hall
Rhodes House
Jericho Tavern

London

Walthamstow Assembly Hall
Christ Church, Highbury
Union Chapel, Islington
St John's, Smith Square
St Giles, Cripplegate
Blackheath Halls
The Warehouse
Victoria Library
Purcell Room
Conway Hall
BMIC

Elsewhere

Amey Hall, Abingdon
St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol
Friends' Meeting House, Burford
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
St Mary the Virgin, Charlton on Otmoor
Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
Salisbury Cathedral
St Thomas and St Edmund, Salisbury
New Hall, Winchester College
Music School Hall, Winchester College