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Monday, July 26, 2010

So what's it like to be accompanied by me?

I decided to do something kind of goofy today.  I really needed a recording of Camille Saint-Saens' "The Swan" to put on a CD for my daughter's class but I didn't have a cellist handy so I thought, "Hey, why don't you try accompanying yourself?" I laughed at this ridiculous question for a brief moment but then found that I was actually considering it.  (Yes, I do spend entirely too much time by myself!) Since I've been dabbling a bit in video-creation, audio recording, etc...I couldn't find an excuse not to give it a go and so here's the result.  I hope you enjoy this brief moment of insanity on my part.  And please excuse any sour notes - remember, I am not a cellist in real life - I only play one on youtube.  

Oh, and what is it like to accompany myself?  Well, there was a spot near the end where I really didn't give the cellist in me time to breath, but I guess that's forgivable under the circumstances.


  1. OMG, standing ovation! I think it was brilliant. You did a fabulous job. You could try it with the candelabras and long black dress and make quite a production out of it...

    Really, I'm very impressed.

  2. Nicely done!
    Really came together well, and music that has that kind of flow to it is not easy to multitrack....

    Thanks for sharing it!


  3. Thanks! It really was kind of fun to do Mike, I really like your idea of dressing up the show a bit. Stay tuned - I may just do that!!


  4. Awesome! That is so cool and well done. Now you have to work on doing split screens so you can "both" stand up and take a bow at the end!

  5. Interesting idea.
    Will you be trying that again?

    I'll research iMovie and see if you can split screen.
    I know you can with Final Cut Express.

    Ron Taylor

  6. Thanks for the comment, Ron. Dale Matt (@LisztNut) & I were just exploring the whole split screen thing. Looks like it can be done using a green screen, possibly? I'm looking into getting an Adobe package - I image there would be lots more options in there. It could be fun to play around with it all more. Why not?