New Video (Easter Special) – Concerning Hobbits

Hi All,

We have just uploaded a new video for our Easter Special. We picked an arrangement of the song ‘Concerning Hobbits’ from ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’, by Howard Shore. You can check it out below:

For music, we referenced the String Quartet version arranged by Arturo Hernandez at MuseScore.com.  We recommend you check it out.

Don’t forget to look at our other videos on our new-look YouTube Channel.

Introducing our New YouTube Channel!

Hi All,

You will probably notice in the coming days/weeks that YouTube has released a new option for Channel styles. They have called it the ‘One Channel Design‘, and it aims to make your channel style more consistent across platforms, as well as giving you more customization options. At Webb Family Music, we have  upgraded to this new style, and decided to give you a quick tour of our new-look channel:

Our New YouTube Channel

The ‘One Channel’ design allows you to set a ‘trailer’ video for unsubscribed, to tease them into subscribing. We will retain the old setup, and set our latest video as the ‘trailer’ (See below). For Subscribed Users, you will see a custom layout based on whatever videos you have watched from our channel.

Main Pannel

Below this, you will find a list of playlists, which previously was found on the right hand sidebar. You can still find our most recent uploads, and now our most popular uploads right up the top of the list.

Playlists

All that remains of the old sidebar is the links. We have a selection of channels we play music from, along with the new feature added by YouTube of ‘Related Channels’. This shows channels the YouTube thinks have similar content to our channel. (WARNING: we have no control over which channels appear in this list. If you find any inappropriate content turning up, please let us know as soon as possible, and we will remove the section.)

Sidebar

 

If you have questions please let us know. In the mean time, enjoy!

Liam Webb

Behind the Scenes – Firework

Wow, Firework has been a challenge! It is by far our most complex sound or video recording so far, with about 3 1/2 hours sound recording with 6 individual instrumental tracks, 2 hours of video recording with 10 different takes/angles and finally, 2 hours of video editing, all to produce a 3:01 long music video! But I think it has been worth it.

There are so many things to talk about in a behind the scenes post for this video that it is hard to know where to start. Our biggest challenge during recording the sound as a constantly change A string on the cello. Our cello, while it get the job done for jobs like this, is not of the highest quality and is very prone to losing its tuning.This is not usually a problem, but I have had too many experiences of A strings snapping during tuning, so I refused to touch it. It takes a bit of muscle power to turn the pegs, then force them in far enough to not slip back, and as no one else had the combination of skill/knowledge and strength to tune the A string, it stayed flat! (Note: When our cello teacher returns this week it will hopefully be brought back to normal!) What started out as just flat A, over the course of recording turned in first and A flat, and then eventually settled around a sharp G. As you can imagine, this presented some major problems in consistency of tuning, and probably accounts for about 95% of any tuning problems you notice in the video.

I am out of time now, but I will try and post some more info soon, with some photos.

Liam

Behind the Scenes – White Horse

White Horse has been one of the most interesting projects I have worked on so far. Besides being our first video of 2013, it is our second video using multiple angles and takes for the Video (See Chanson indoue on YouTube for the first). We followed our standard recording procedure for the audio, then moved on to the video. For ‘Chanson’ We had just copied the finished Master Track to a laptop, and had Nancy mime along while it played back. However, we found that due to severely deficient sound from the laptop speakers, it was next to impossible to have the laptop close enough to hear, yet not in the shot. We solved this problem by using a small set of earphones, hidden under Nancy’s hair (which is out of the usual plaits for this video!), and the laptop behind or beside her, whichever place was out of shot. This worked way better  in terms of accuracy of timing, which as you could imagine helped me a lot in editing! 🙂 The shed is an old cow shed on our block, currently used to house our one Sheep. The actual pen is next door, but the video looked better on the bales of straw and Lucerne beside it.

Nancy and Nathan setting up the playback equipment
Nancy and Nathan setting up the playback equipment. The sheep pen is on the right.

It took a bit of carting to get the camera, tripod, violin, laptop, headphones, music and lyre over, but with Nathan as an extra roadie, we managed.

Nancy and Nathan carrying the gear needed to film White Horse
Carrying some of the gear needed to film White Horse back to the house.

You can see the full Video on our YouTube Channel, or visit direct here.

Liam