Burnished Gold is singer/song-writer Cheynne Murphy's upcoming album. It will be the third in his Firesongs for the Soul series (cheynnemurphy.com). The recording of this video was in March 2013 at SAE Institute Byron Bay, Australia, with some overdubs later in Cheynne's home studio.
The songs recorded in this video are:
Burnished Gold (title track)
Back at the Start
In the End
So We Can See
The musicians are:
Cheynne Murphy (acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals)
Toby Andrews (lead and rhythm guitar)
Mat Akehurst (drums)
Matt Bone (base)
Jennifer Sewell (backing vocals)
Paul Pilsneniks (engineer and co-producer)
Cheynne Murphy (producer)
This video was my last project at SCU Uni, Lismore. I was really happy with what I managed to salvage because the project began with several major stuff ups on my behalf. I made 4 crucial mistakes:
1. I learned the hard way to use 'gain' only as a last resort to control exposure. (good article here: izzyvideo.com/low-light-video/)
2. The mike used was a high quality shotgun though you'd never know it. Unfortunately I didn't give enough instructions to my worthy assistant Owen, so levels were recorded too high and much of my footage was unusable. I realise now that headphones plugged into the mixer will give a false impression that levels are good. Now if possible I plug my headphones into the camera, or use two headphones. But the moral is: check the levels visually on the mixer and the camera both! (and during interviews outside, where noise is an issue, a lapel mike is much less sensitive).
3. I managed to lose an entire day's footage (the most important day of course) through mini-disk sleight of hand. I had two disks and after uploading the first I then inadvertently reinserted it! The result was two folders labelled Saturday and Sunday, but both containing Saturday's footage. Because the files required re-wrapping to view I didn't realise until it was too late.
4. Twice I lost important footage because the camera battery went flat. Now I avoid long takes; I use any pause to stop and restart recording, especially during interviews. And I change the battery as soon as it gets low. And I actually check the battery levels. And I dream of getting a camera man so don't have to stress over these details!
When I erased Sundays footage, I almost gave up, but I'm glad I didn't: ultimately it was more opportunity for me to learn. I just wish that my production did justice to Cheynne's awesome music! I thoroughly enjoyed working with all musicians and Owen.
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