Recording of a Piano and Violin Duo: A Case Study to Explore Challenges and Opportunities of Recording During COVID-19 Pandemic


During crises, performing arts are usually the first discarded activities. This attitude towards performing arts has not changed much during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the first instance was recorded in December 2019, COVID-19 has had a disastrous influence on the arts industry, causing cancellations and closures at thousands of arts organizations worldwide. However, the practice and recording of performing arts had to adapt to the current circumstances. The increased accessibility of recording equipment made the case slightly different for session musicians and recording artists. For part of my master's final project, I recorded a piano and violin duo at İstanbul Technical University (İstanbul, Turkey) – Center for Advanced for Music (MİAM) recording studio. The pieces were three Hungarian Dances from Brahms and Monti. I analyzed pre-production (e.g., selection of pieces, studio personnel, planned layout), production (recording process), and post-production (delivery) stages to identify difficulties encountered during each stage. I analyzed the process of each stage by comparing and contrasting challenges faced in the aforementioned stages during prepandemic and pandemic periods. Based on the analysis, the results identified two main difficulties, distinguished as structural and social challenges. I discuss the results and experiences gained during this project which was done during the pandemic, and I attempt to suggest how these gained experiences can be transferred to the application from sound recording and performance points of view to help artists tackle the COVID-19-related challenges.

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Emre Ekici, Istanbul Technical Unversity, Turkey

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Conference: ACAH2022
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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