The purpose of this project was to explore some of the challenges and techniques associated with recording the sound of the rear-facing French horn. In this fantasia, I pieced together excerpts of my playing with the horn miked close to the bell, more distantly in the hall, and in the midst of the orchestra. The voice of the conductor is used throughout the mix as a commentary on the art of balancing symphonic sounds from a podium, which parallels what I learned about balancing sound from my seat as simultaneous musician and recording artist.
"Last The Year" is a self written and self recorded album that was entirely produced in Gelardin's Production Studio. It began with a project for Recording Arts I that ended up continuing through the summer and becoming an acoustic/folk album. This is just the first of many recording projects that Mary Ellen hopes to pursue in her future at Georgetown.
"I started this project really as just a way to express myself. I have been writing songs for a long time, have been involved with the student music scene here for a while, but had never taken the time to fully sit down and try to express the exact type of music that I felt was relevant to my life at that point. After taking Recording Arts I, I felt fully equipped to venture out and record my own album. Of course, there were quite a few hiccups along the way and I had to teach myself quite a bit more about ProTools and recording than I thought I would need to know, but overall it was a learning experience and I hope to build off of it in the future. I am really happy with how everything turned out and plan on releasing a full length album by the time I graduate in two years."