cantare's HTML Profile
About Me:I'm a musician specializing in early and Baroque music...used to be an organist, now do mostly ensemble and solo vocals as a baritone or bass. I started out doing pop covers as a kind of vocal "cross-training". I love lush harmonies and specialize in doing elaborate harmony mixes for popular music and also classical a cappella arrangements (see below).
Early Music by the "Cantare Chorale":One of my passions is creating virtual choral recordings of polyphonic Renaissance music--Palestrina, Byrd, Tallis, etc--in which I sing all the different voice parts from bass to treble. (I'm really kind of an garden-variety baritone, but I can sometimes make it up to about the 2nd E-flat above middle C in falsetto without sounding too awful.) Here are some of my efforts in this area:
John Sheppard - Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (from the First Service)
for ATBB/ATBB Anglican double choir
G. P. da Palestrina - Gloriosi Principes Terrae
for ATTB men
William Byrd - Viri Galilaei
Franz Biebl - Ave Maria
for ATB/ATBarB double choir, popularized by Chanticleer
William Croft - Burial Sentences
Alexandre Gretchaninoff - Nyne Otpushchayeshi (Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart in Peace)
Josquin/Compere - Scaramella
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Ward, The Pirate
My Philosophy:I'm a little bemused by the number of fervently-held opinions that pop up on the forums concerning the "proper" way to do karaoke, or to enjoy this site. Should you try to sound like the original artist, or make up your own style? Should you use effects, or is that cheating? Should you strive for excellence, or fun--and are these goals mutually exclusive?
I'm not really sure why my opinions should matter to anyone, but for the record, any way you decide to enjoy the site is fine with me. When people sing, I'm happy. When people just listen, I'm happy. I do have my own standards and my own approach as set out below, but they're what I hold myself to, not anyone else.
I'm apparently something of a vocal mimic, although I've never really been all that conscious of it. So for me it's a fun challenge to see how close I can get to sounding like the original artist, whether that happens to be Leonard Cohen or Grace Slick. This often has me singing at the limits of my range, or trying on unfamiliar accents.
Production value has become progressively more important to me during my time here--I now typically practice a song several times before recording and apply effects carefully in multi-track post-processing to achieve a "studio" sound. It's amazing how much these steps can improve things. (I'm glad to see Snap catching up a bit with stereo and the "make me sound better" button.)
I'm well aware that this isn't the way a lot of people view Karaoke: for them, it's a spontaneous exercise focused on " having fun," and being all deliberative and perfectionistic about it is a giant buzz-kill. Then again, nobody records live karaoke and listens to the result over and over again! And what works well as a half-remembered evening of inebriated fun doesn't go over as well when you have to relive every mistake in a recording.
I enjoy live music-making; in fact, that's my career! But if I'm going to put this stuff on disk or the web for posterity, I figure it might as well be as good as I can make it. Sing on!