I’ve enjoyed using the live video feature on Facebook to make two videos recently. The first time I didn’t really have much of a plan and just ended up demonstrating a bunch of flutes. The second one was me improvising some “tribal/native” vocals over a track I had been working on. I had a lot of fun responding to the people who tuned in and singing a bunch of takes live. After shooting the video, I ended up using part of the first take, plus another one, as the basis for a final melody. My initial plan was just to do one lead, possibly with some other voices in the background. Eventually, however, I decided to multi-track that one melody eight different times. Each time, I tried to sing it with a slightly different vocal tone. One of these takes stuck out too much in the mix so I eliminated it. What you will hear in the final track are the other seven, panned across the stereo field. I also ended up changing the arrangement a bit, adding a low droning chant, and recording my Selmer song flute for the middle section.
Here’s the live video:
I’ve started a new habit of filming myself improvising in a basement setting. I’m posting the videos completely unedited. Here’s a YouTube playlist of all the videos in this series: