"Selections from Ann Arbor Future Stars 2014 (320 kbps mp3 (when downloaded))"
I wasn't really sure where to post this as I wouldn't be so cavalier as to say this is one of the great live recordings...however...it is something a bit different than most 'live' recordings in that these are pretty 'stark'; no overdubs etc have been done (pretty much the exact opposite of many, many 'live' releases.
To date, I have only posted two tracks (and only in 320 kbps mp3 - the FLAC versions will be posted later on) but there's a ton of material to post. Some of these kids are surprisingly talented - full disclosure here - one of the tracks posted was performed by my daughter, who elected to be a part of the competition (she covered a Passenger tune ("Let Him Go")), however, the other track up there is a pretty nice cover of "Manhattan" by Sara Bareillis.
I recorded these back in January 2014 at the Schreiber Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. "FutureStars" has gotten to be a pretty big deal here in Ann Arbor; I recorded the first round (the "preliminary" round) but not the final round, which took place one week later.
The reverb in these is all natural - nothing was added and was derived from a Neumann KU 100 binaural mannequin head microphone, along with one or two other microphones positioned to suit my needs.
Again, there are only two tracks there, but I will indeed add more noteworthy tracks as I finish their mastering.
I hope you like these, but remember, don't judge them based on streamed sound - the player on soundcloud is abysmal as it transcodes everything down to 128 kbps mp3, but if yoiu download them and listen to those, you'll get a much better idea of the performance and the mix.