Making videos for the church was fun, but it was when I discovered the Acapella app for my phone that my creative imagination really took off! Acapella [sic] allows you to record several performances at once and superimpose them one on the other. It also allows you to begin a session (which the app calls a “collaboration”) and then send it to someone else to add their part. As long as they have an iPad or iPhone, everything’s pretty straight forward. You just plug in an earbud or put on headphones to hear the metronome and the other track playing, and do your thing.
Here are a few of the collaborations I did for my own amusement. They’re pretty well all me performing with me.
Villano (Gaspar Sanz) — Sam Milligan loved this piece, he included it in Medieval to Modern Volume III, and for the wedding of my friends Claude and Daniel, Sam arranged it for two harps.
Fanfarinette (Jean-Philippe Rameau) — Canadian music lovers will recognize this as the theme song from Jurgen Gothe’s CBC programme “Disc Drive”. I made this arrangement years ago, and just found it the other day. Fun piece 🙂