We're the Phil Henry Acoustic Trio: Gary Moon on percussion, Phil Henry on guitar, banjo and uke, and Jeff Kimball on keys and mandolin. This summer we set out to record a live album, representing the sound we make on stage and capturing the feel of our live shows.
We got way more than we bargained for when the hall was struck by lightning midway through the first set!
Luckily, no one was hurt, and although the Brandon Town Hall's lighting system was severely damaged, our sound equipment survived. Even more fortunate was that our recording gear continued to roll, including full audio and five video cameras! Every minute of this once-in-a-lifetime story was captured.
Since then, I have been editing and mixing the audio to create two products:
- A full-length concert album on CD (and digital audio)
- A 60-minute concert film to be distributed digitally, and by DVDR to public access and public television stations in New England
We are seeking funding through Kickstarter to accomplish one main goal:
- CD physical duplication costs ($1500)
We have separate goals of radio promotion and public TV distribution for which we'll seek other sources of funds.
We are very proud of our performances in this recording, and can't wait to share this story with our the world!
Risks and challenges
My challenges in completing this project are mostly technical ones:
1. Although I have recorded and/or mixed a dozen albums for myself and for clients, this is the first live album. Getting a clear, vibrant mix, and editing the right amount of crowd sounds and band banter has been a slower process.
2. Editing a 60-minute concert film is a HUGE undertaking! I have made many Youtube music videos, syncing multiple cameras with multitrack audio. I've learned to use Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects efficiently, but I'm only at the beginning stages of organizing the material for such a big project. The challenge will be delivering this content in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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