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Smoke & Mirrors Vanish Vol 2

Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble

Original Recording Format: Analog Tape
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Producer’s Notes:
Once people have a chance to hear Smoke & Mirrors: Vanish and after they read Jim’s review in The Absolute Sound, this recording won’t be hidden for long! Creating this second album with Smoke & Mirrors percussion ensemble proved a great musical experience and deepened our friendship with these remarkable musicians. Special thanks to Sel Kardan and Richard Beene of The Colburn School and to Maestro Gerard Schwarz for their support and enthusiasm for Smoke & Mirrors. We recorded this album in two
concert halls. The live orchestra concert of Takemitsu’s ethereal and engaging From Me Flows What You Call Time came first in Ambassador Hall on February 4th, 2012, with Gerard Schwarz conducting. Rachmaninov’s Vespers followed in Zipper Hall at The Colburn School on June 3-5, 2013.

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From Me Flows What You Call Time
Vespers I, Call to Worship

Total time: 00:29:07

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We used two coincident Neumann U47 microphones for the orchestra with two AKG C12 microphones for a small amount of reinforcement for the winds and rear percussion in the Takemitsu concerto. We chose a single stereo AKG C24 microphone for all the other tracks. Jon Fisher from Gearworks Pro Audio lent us these precious microphones. Elliot Midwood designed our microphone preamplification equipment and we recorded directly to RMGI 468 tape using stranded silver Yarlung interconnects and the Yarlung analog tape recorder circuitry designed for us by Len Horowitz. Mastering by SteveHoffman.

Bob Attiyeh, producer

Release DateApril 5, 2015

Press reviews

The Absolute Sound

Vanish is the engaging and highly innovative follow-up to Yarlung’s original and equally compelling Smoke & Mirrors release. Presenting a wide tapestry of rhythms and harmonics skillfully arrayed across a broad and deep soundstage.

There’s an immediacy, clarity, and transparency to this modern classical percussion recording that seemingly brings the performers to your living room.


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