Monday, February 27, 2012

I Had a Blast at Furnace Mountain Band's Recording Session - DMC-G3 Pics Included

 
Furnace Mountain at Cabin Studios, Panasonic DMC-G3, by Reed A. George
Furnace Mountain Band at Cabin Studios, February 25, 2012
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, 14mm f2.5
iso1600, f2.5, 1/60 sec
 
On Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, 2012, the Furnace Mountain Band held three open studio recording sessions at Cabin Studios in Leesburg, Virginia. I was happy to attend the final session on Saturday evening. Cabin Studios has awesome acoustics, and is just the right size to host an intimate musical event.
 
Furnace Mountain features four excellent local Northern Virginia musicians - left to right above - Danny Knicely, Aimee Curl, Morgan Morrison, and David Van Deventer.
 
(Click Here) to go to Furnace Mountain's website. Take a listen, buy a CD. You'll be pleased.
 
I was mainly here to listen, especially since I wanted to be careful not to interfere - you see, they were recording their upcoming album. Last thing I want to is be that annoying noise in the recording, or cause them to do another take on a song. Luckily, none of that happened.
 
 
Aimee Curl, Furnace Mountain Band, by Reed A. George
Aimee Curl
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso1600, f2.8, 1/60 sec

This was the first recording session I have attended since my buddy's garage (barn, actually) band. That was so long ago, they were recording on 8 track cassettes! No joke. Anyway, the sound was very nice, even though the vocals were a little difficult to hear, due to being wired directly to the mixer. And, I must say, Aimee and Morgan's voices are not to be missed. I look forward to hearing it all again when their CD comes out in a couple of months.

Danny and Aimee, Furnace Mountain Band, by Reed A. George
Danny Knicely and Aimee Curl
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso1600, f2.8, 1/80 sec

Foolin' Around, Furnace Mountain Band, by Reed A. George
Foolin' Around - Furnace Mountain Band
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 25mm f1.4 Summilux
iso1600, f2, 1/125 sec

This band knows how to have a good time. They were joking with the audience throughout, including Danny playing the shortest fiddle tune in history ("Mousetrap"), which I won't even try to describe here, and Dave telling us how he had to stand on tape marks on the floor throughout the whole session. When he did cause the only retake of the night, he blamed it on stepping off the tape.

Another interesting note was how the audience was allowed to interact. We were allowed to clap after each song, but only after the last note was allowed to ring out much longer than any of us could hear it. Below, you can see Dave playing with the "Applaud" sign. I'm sorry to admit I didn't catch the guy's name who really held it up for us, because he too was quite entertaining, quoting Chinese poetry (in Chinese), as well as Lewis Carroll and others. I was sorely tempted to ask him to recite some Lewis Black, but didn't get the chance.
Foolin' Around, Furnace Mountain Band, by Reed A. George
Foolin' Around Some More - Furnace Mountain Band
by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Pana-Leica 25mm f1.4 Summilux
iso1600, f2, 1/125 sec

Don't let all the play fool you; these guys are seriously talented musicians. Don't forget to try out some of their music.

Once again, my pair of Lumix DMC-G3s served me well. The shutter is reasonably quiet, so I don't think anyone noticed my shooting much. The lighting was certainly not set up for photography, as Dave and Morgan were under a very strong yellow light, while Aimee and Danny were under a lower intensity white light. There were cables and stands everywhere, as you can see. Given all that, I can say that I am pleased to have captured a few images good enough to remind me of a really fun evening.

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