Thank you everyone for your hard work to prepare for the ABC recording of SPIRIT RISING, and special thanks to Maureen for the fantastic job conducting.
We cannot publish any video of the recording before Backroads goes to air, which looks like it won’t be until December.
But in the meantime the ABC have agreed to allow these videos, shot by Irene, to be published here on the members page.
If you want to show them to friends and family you can share these links:
https://vimeo.com/graemeleak/backroadsrun-1
https://vimeo.com/graemeleak/backroadsrun-2
These will find the videos but they are hidden from search engines and cannot be found any other way. So don’t put them on Facebook!
It was fantastic to be on the phone during the last take. I can’t wait to see it on the tellie! CONGRATULATION everyone,
​Graeme, 2 March 2020

Backroads Recording

Please pencil FEBRUARY 19 and FEBRUARY 20 (TBC)
See below for REHEARSAL VIDEO, AUDIO DEMO and STAGE PLANS

Rehearsal

here is a video of our rehearsal on Fri 24 January
​Another rehearsal or two will be called before the recording.

Audio Demo

Here is the arrangement!


TV Recording

Date to be decided, but most likely February 19 or 20.
Maureen has kindly agreed to conduct in my absence.


STAGE PLANS

Picture Picture

Videos from Nathalia

Enjoy and be proud of these! 
A few minor mistakes but they really don’t matter – I’m sure you can work out where you went wrong. Just relax and come back in if you fall off and we’ll be fine in Melbourne.
REMINDER – we ARE playing the BACH, we ARE NOT playing SWAY. This is mainly because we need to keep the focus on the kids, and the Bach serves as a better demo of the instruments.


I am now working on parts for the extra players and for the kids to play. 
If you need to get in touch or have any questions don’t hesitate to call me on 0427 693 960 or email graeme@graemeleak.com
See you Saturday.
​Graeme 29 April 2019

End of week one rehearsals

13 April 2019
Thank you all for an excellent week! 
See below for the audio demos of the pieces.
​See you next week
​Graeme

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April Rehearsals and Concerts

CONCERT 1
Wed 24 April, 7.30pm, St Clare’s Auditorium,
St Mary’s of the Angels School NATHALIA
CONCERT 2
Sat 4 May, 5pm, Deakin Edge Theatre,
Federation Square, Melbourne 
to play in the concert you need to commit to..
ONE of the REHEARSAL ONE times*
ONE of the REHEARSAL TWO times*
the DRESS REHEARSAL
the NATHALIA GIG
and the MELBOURNE PERFORMANCE**
(* of course, you can come to as many of the rehearsals as you want! but I’ll plan to run the same rehearsal several times)
(** a bus departs for Melbourne at 7.30am on Sat 4 May and returns home that evening. More details to follow)

DATES and TIMES
REHEARSAL ONE
Thu 11 April, 7pm
Fri 12 April, 2pm and 7pm
Sat 13 April, 10am

REHEARSAL TWO
Tue 16th April. 2pm and 7pm
Thu 18th April, 2pm and 7pm

DRESS REHEARSAL
Tue 23 April, 7pm

NATHALIA GIG
Wed 24th April, time and venue TBA*

MELBOURNE PERFORMANCE
Sat 4th May, 2pm dress rehearsal, 5pm concert
CLICK HERE FOR COPY OF THE INFO EMAIL SENT SUNDAY 7 APRIL

2018 Archive – scroll down

MIDI DEMO AUDIO #1
Main Theme from PULSE to end of SWITCH-OFFS
Pretty ordinary sounds from the computer but will give an idea of form
Entries are cued after many more repeats than in this file…
MIDI DEMO AUDIO #2
Harp and strings chord progression, bass on 1 and 3, cans on 2 and 4
​Four times through the cycle
MIDI DEMO AUDIO #3
Spirit Reprise from drum speed up to the end, with the brass band playing with us during the last melody. 
(there are errors in the bass and cello parts of this file sorry – should be playing ‘amsterdam’ and bowing…)


Doc brought his bike to rehearsal today and it sounded great


A run from Harp and Strings to end with me shouting and singing throughout – useful to get used to the sequence and learn the cues



This was recorded on 24 March at the Jigarre Jamming session. It is a good outline of the 12 bar blues sequence. You need to know what happens in the VERSE, the CHORUS and the PERCUSSION BREAK. They will be called and extended for quite a bit longer than on this tape.


Picture 5 April 2018 rehearsal

WEEK FIVE

This demo uses the real sounds from the String Cans, Bass, Cello and Fire Bells mixed with synth sounds of violin and percussion. The birds audio is the tape that will be used on the night.

WEEK FOUR


Notation test – using a method of writing out parts that is not traditional music notes. It seemed to work OK.

WEEK THREE

TK 17: CALL OF THE DRUMS-1
Practicing starting and stopping with the drum callTK 18: CALL OF THE DRUMS-2
8-count BRIDGE cue – listen for 8 (still playing), join for 8, STOP – to holding pattern (tick tock) (very soft clicking)TK 18: CALL OF THE DRUMS-3
An extended play with two BRIDGE – TICK-TOCK interludes


TK 20: CALL OF THE DRUMS-1
​Practicing starting and stopping with the drum callTK 21: CALL OF THE DRUMS-2
Performance with one BRIDGE – TICK-TOCK interlude
Note that the response is simpler than at lunch time, playing just the 8 pulses (crotchets), not the faster ones (quavers). TK 22: BUSHRANGERS
A multi-level rhythm with different parts to suit differing musical experience. If you’re starting out, stick to the simpler versions. Probably by the time we play the show you will be playing the full box and dice.


TK 23: TROUBLE (nee CALL of the DRUMS)
after listening to CALL of the DRUMS I made some changes to the plan – in CALL of the DRUMS the instruction was to ‘play anything at all’ and in TRIBAL the instruction is to ‘PLAY LOUD ON A BEAT OF YOUR CHOICE’. The calls for START/STOP and CHANGE are the same. The instructions are:
START – all play very soft. While playing decide which beat/s you will play loud after the change call.
CHANGE: Play your chosen beat/s very loud, everything else very soft. CHANGE: back to soft (decide on a new beat/s).
​CHANGE: play your loud beat/s etc etc. until call to STOP. TK 24: Bushrangers
A multi-level rhythm with different parts to suit differing musical experience. If you’re starting out, stick to the simpler versions. Probably by the time we play the show you will be playing the full box and dice.
Today we built it up slowly. The sequence is:
LH soft stick in centre of drum on ONE and THREE, then
RH plastic stick on knee lightly on TWO and FOUR
RH moves plastic stick to drum on FOUR only
LH adds in the ‘TWO-AND’ to make the 
FUN..KY BEAT (whack) FUN…KY BEAT (whack)
RH stops hitting knee on two cos it’s hurtingTK 25: Bushrangers practice demo
Cowbell as metronome – a good one to play along with TK 26: we played along with the organ’s rhythm machine for a bit..


although the notes are random and sometimes a bit jarring, the quality of the bowed sound is very sweet and full of potential for our show
this is literally the fist time these players have ever held a bow and played any kind of string instrument


TK 31: TROUBLE STRINGS
We applied the Tribal call and changes to plucked strings.
Play soft = damp the string pluck lightly.
​Play one beat loud = let the string ring and pluck it loudly.TK 32 Mar 09 EVE- G and C with HARP-1
​We worked out which notes to play in the keys of G and C, then played four bars of each while Pete improvised on harp.



Saturday 10 March turned into an extended rehearsal where we tried out quite a few things with the string instruments in the second hour. After this very useful session I feel as though I can get on with composing materials that can best utilise the combination of strings and percussion. Thanks to all who stayed on for the extra time it was much appreciated. We were joined by my sister Lynne who drove down from Canberra.Pete Gibson brought in his harp and we tried out the Headhunters groove over some chord changes – first C and F, then C, F and G. Thank you Pete!We finished with everyone reading from a test page that does not use traditional music notes but a system of counts with symbols to say which note to play when. It seemed to work OK – I would prefer not to have music stands on stage but we might use the notes to begin with while we learn material. Any comments or suggestions most welcome. Girgarre Rising (first draft) – violin playing the melody.
Although Lynne says she is ‘not a violinist’, she coaxed some magic from Wallace’s famous hand-hammered tin masterpiece.

This video is set to private but I would like to make it public, with permission from all in the frame, so remind me to ask! The private link (to show to your friends) is: https://vimeo.com/259496390/0e9c904de9

Great to hear all of Wallace’s instruments coming together as an ensemble and wonderful to hear Lynne’s superb musicianship.

Thank you Lynne for making the journey. Picture Gargarro Soundshell, 10 March 2018


WEEK TWO

07: Feb 28 LUN-1: nothing added here, all recorded in the room. An example of calling a pattern to start and stop without conducting. This could be a good rhythm to accompany one of our guest appearances.


08: Feb 28 EVE: we thought it was lost, the batteries did die, but there was the beginning – I have looped the last four bars a few times to extend it as it’s a nice groove. My can was out of tune – my bad! We will need to always keep an eye on tuning – I now have about 8 tuners that we can share.​08b: Feb 28 EVE added organ and bass: Computer organ and bass demonstrate another good accompaniment option. 


09: Mar 01 LUN: A lovely gentle groove on one chord only09b: Mar 01 LUN added violin: Added (computer) violin demo of where this might go. The accompaniment was edited to create a loop which extends the length slightly.


10: Mar 02 EVE-1: something quite renaissance about this! Pete Gibson is playing nylon string guitar along with the string cans, although we are now thinking that he will play his harp instead.11: Mar 02 EVE-2&3: I am calling the changes in version 1, and using signals in version 2. Much better without me shouting stuff!


12: Mar 03 MRN-1: added drum beat to emphasise the ‘one’ as the players sometimes just play on ‘two’ and ‘four’, which can be quite tricky both to listen to and to play.


13: Mar 03 MRN-2: a nice String Can pattern playing on ‘one’, ‘two’ and ‘four’.


14: Mar 04 MRN-1: nothing added, everything here was played in the room, just three of us!


15: Mar 04 MRN-2: same as Tk14 with Jan’s bass added.15b: Mar 04 MRN-2 added organ: The organ has been added as a demo with the computer.


Picture String cans by Wallace Williams [L,R] and Pete Gibson [Centre] (sporting old labels – now replaced)

WEEK ONE

the files frustratingly take quite a while before they play – wait! please let me know if there are problems. email graeme@graemeleak.com01: Feb 21 LUN: Added a synthetic shaker on every beat and a cowbell on ‘one’ so that you can keep counting while listening.02: Feb 21 EVE: Added a low bell and drum (with computer) on ‘one’, high bell on two, three and four04: Feb 25 MRN-1: String Cans playing on all four beats, open strings


05: Feb 25 MRN-2: String Cans – some playing on ‘one’, some playing on three05: Feb 25 MRN-2: added a (computer) violin to demonstrate a possible melody that will float over this kind of accompaniment06: Feb 25 MRN-3: Changing the notes to change the chords. I have now  re-labelled the notes to actual note-names rather than numbers.​06b: Feb 25 MRN-3 added (computer) organ: what might an organ sound like with the strings? This demo gives an idea.


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