Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ballister at the Sugar Maple, Milwaukee on September 27, 2017

Here we have a powerful set by the trio of Dave Rempis on reeds, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and Paal Nilssen-Love on percussion. The Sugar Maple has been host to a long list of free jazz luminaries, and I believe they have hosted Ballister several times. This concert was, as expected, full of energy and intricate interplay between the three members of the group, which has been releasing albums since 2011.

photos by Jan Erik Dyke

These two sets were recorded by Richard Hayes with a combination of a pair of Beyerdynamic MC930 microphones (with cardioid capsules) on a stand in the back and a venerable Shure SM58 up in the performance area a few feet above the floor near where Fred was playing, all fed into a four-channel Tascam DR-70D recorder. I was able to mix the three channels in Audacity to capture the sound of Fred's cello (and amp), which has a tendency to be lost in the room when playing a few feet away from a powerful drummer.

Please support these fine artists and decent people by going to their shows, buying multiple copies of their merchandise (your friends need the music), and talking to them like they are real human beings after shows.

A guide to download formats:
WAV = files which are able to be burned as a CD without any conversion steps. This is the largest size of file on offer here.
ALAC = stands for Apple Lossless Audio Codec, which is a method of making a lossless copy of an audio file with about 60% of the space required with a WAV file. You can natively play these files on any Apple device and enjoy the same resolution and sound quality as a WAV file (it just takes up half as much space on your hard drive or device). 
mp3 - this is a lossy compression codec which utilizes psycho-acoustic "tricks" to drop certain audio information which is not noticeable under normal hearing situations. I am not a huge fan of mp3 but still find it useful because a high quality mp3 file will take up about 25% of the room on your storage device compared to a WAV file and about half as much as a ALAC file.


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