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Soundscape open call instructions

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Thank you for taking part in the open call for the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

We would like to encourage everyone from across the globe to become part of this shared musical experience.

In the information pack you will find 8 parts that create an original composition for the UK Pavilion Choral Space. We invite you to record one or more of these parts and upload them via our form to become part of the final recording that will be heard within the Choral Space throughout the 6 months duration of the Expo.

For best results use a microphone to record the parts. However, you can just as easily record your contribution on a mobile phone or through your computer’s built in microphone. We have some tips on the best way to record further down.

You will find each part labelled as high, mid high, mid low, low, vocal and/or instrumental. We encourage you to perform any (or all) of these by either singing or playing any instrument of your choice. It could be a guitar, or a sitar, or the bagpipes or whatever instrument you have to hand and can play. Alternatively, you can choose to perform the rhythm parts (detailed or simple), where you are free to experiment using different sounds by playing along on a table, drum kit, percussion instrument or simply clap & click along to the beat.

Within each folder within the information pack you will find the musical score, a midi part and an audio recording of each individual part. We have provided a full backing track to perform along to and a more simplified backing track with a guide of each part to follow. It is up to you to decide which you would prefer to listen to as you record.

Tip: Listen to each part and pick the ones you want to contribute to – there is no limit to your contribution so please record the ones you want and have fun.

What you will need to record

If you are not familiar with home recording and don’t have access to a DAW (data audio workstation) with a microphone and sound card, you will need:

  • A mobile phone or computer with built in microphone to record yourself
  • Another laptop or mobile phone to listen to the backing track through headphones while you record
  • Headphones

How to record your parts

If you have access to a studio, home studio or microphone and laptop, we encourage you to use the best recording environment you can.

If you don't have access to that, we suggest you use a mobile phone or built in microphone on your computer.

  • Try and find a quiet space which doesn’t pick up the echoes from around your house - carpeted rooms and soft furnishings can help with this.
  • Make sure the windows are closed and let people know you are about to record.
  • Remember to check the memory on your recording device to make sure you have space to save your recording.
  • Place your phone at arms-length away and roughly at head height if you are singing and near your instrument if you are playing. You might have to get creative and use books or other props if you wish to stand whilst you sing or perform.
  • You will need to use another device, laptop or mobile phone, to play the backing track. Make sure you use headphones to listen to the backing track as you only want to record your own voice or instrument into the device you are using to record your piece.
  • It might take a little practise and it may help to ask someone for help to press record on your phone and play on your laptop at the same time on different devices.

When you press play you will hear clicks to cue you in. This is so you know the music is about to start.

If you need help with how to record on your mobile phone YouTube has some great demos. Just type in your mobile phone type and watch a step by step guide.

Good luck!

How to send your recorded part(s) back to us

  • Once you have recorded your parts and are happy with the results you will need to upload them to our form.
  • Find the right title of the part or parts you have recorded and upload the file.
  • Please make sure your file type is either an mp3, mp4, wav, m4a, aif or aac.
  • File name structure for your recording is: [part]_[name] eg ‘high_johnclark’ or ‘midhigh_janesmith’.
  • If you are struggling to upload the file from your mobile phone check your mobile or Wifi connection. Alternatively, it might be worth transferring to your computer and upload from the files from there.

 

What’s included in each folder within the information pack is explained below:

  • Copy of these instructions
  • Full composition for reference

High (Vocal or Instrumental)

  • Sheet Music
  • Midi
  • Audio Wav
  • Full Back Track (no guide part)
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part)

Mid High (Vocal or Instrumental)

  • Sheet Music
  • Midi
  • Audio Wav
  • Full Back Track (no guide part)
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part)

Mid Low (Vocal or Instrumental)

  • Sheet Music
  • Midi
  • Audio Wav
  • Full Back Track (no guide part)
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part)

Low (Vocal or Instrumental)

  • Sheet Music
  • Midi
  • Audio Wav
  • Full Back Track (no guide part)
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part)

Instrumental Only Part 1

  • Sheet Music
  • Midi
  • Audio Wav
  • Full Back Track (no guide part)
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part)

Instrumental Only Part 2

  • Sheet Music
  • Midi
  • Audio Wav
  • Full Back Track (no guide part)
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part)

Rhythm Part 1

  • Musical Score
  • Midi
  • Audio Wav
  • Full Back Track (no guide part)
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part)

Rhythm Part 2

  • Musical Score
  • Midi
  • Audio Wav
  • Full Back Track (no guide part)
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part)

Files explained

  • Sheet music: musical score if you can read music
  • Audio Wav: audio track to learn the part by ear if you can’t follow the sheet music. Or to use within your DAW or recording audio software along with the separate click track to keep in time.
  • Full backing track (no guide part): This is the full backing track but does not include the part you are contributing to.
  • Simplified backing track (with guide part): This backing track includes the part you are contributing to so you can sing or play along.
  • Midi: Used by your DAW or recording audio software that sends a set of commands to synthesizers to play certain notes at the right pitch and volume within your software.
  • Click track: to use in any recording audio software or DAW as a separate track to keep in time with (use as a metronome).

If you get stuck or need clarification on anything in these instructions please use the Contact Us on the website or contact expo2020@trade.gov.uk  

All parts written, composed and performed by Polyphonia. Project commissioned by the UK’s Department for International Trade.