In 2006, back before iPads, iPhones, and Facebook, sharing video and audio with friends who were genuinely interested in the music recorded was difficult. Today, a simple repost of a youtube link on your Facebook profile gets the word out far better than the old fashioned way of email list spamming. The elegance and simplicity of Facebook makes viewing the content easy. Back then, it was hard! I can still hear the questions: What was a youtube? MP3-What? Distributing CDs was the de-facto standard and I knew absolutely nothing about it, but that didn't stop me.
I knew West Liberty's production of Mozart's Requiem was going to be good, because I was in it! So, I geared up and ponied out $500 to buy microphones, cables, stands, and a ton of CD media. Armed with my 2004 MacBook Pro and GarageBand, I started testing microphone configurations with choirs and before I knew it, the drop of Al de Jaager's baton had me singing and wondering if my computer didn't freeze or if someone didn't trip over a microphone.
Before I knew it, I was printing and packaging hundreds of CDs and they looked like this:
And sounded like this:
Aside from the good quality of the recording, partly due to my friend, Mike Donovan, running the EQs, the details on the CD cover amazed people. West Liberty didn't have a teacher to teach me recording techniques, and I wasn't even a Graphic Design student. I just Googled the hell out of everything and made it all work.
I didn't know it then, but the production of this single CD made a huge difference in my career. It got me the only student spot on the Presidential Search Committee for West Liberty State College and a job at the school after I graduated. All I really wanted was to make a recording so I could hear the concert from a listener's perspective rather than the performer's—I got so much more...