1/2 Orchestra: “Sound engineers, take the winds right, learn to record them”
At one of Schiit’s technology presentations, I included a couple of tracks of the 1/2 Orchestra Moscow breaststroke I had long known to me, and those present were surprised at how well, especially for the Russian team, they were recorded. Since then, I wanted to ask the guys about the nuances of wind recordings, about how they generally came to life in an embrace with copper, about a variety of music, physical media, as well as about their side project Half Live.
There are six people in Polorcestra: Roman Shilepin plays primarily on the saxophone, Sergei “Sonic” Burkov is most often seen with a tuba, Ramil Shamsutdinov with a trombone, Sergei Kashkin with a trumpet. Pavel Pakhomov in the team is responsible for percussion and electronics, and Mikhail Ryzhov for percussion. I managed to talk with Roman, Sergey Kashkin, Sergey “Sonic” Burkov and a little bit with Ramil after a concert held on the open roof of the pavilion “Worker and Collective Farm Girl”. – In principle, I will start with the most banal question: why did you even begin to learn to play wind instruments? Usually they choose a guitar to glue the girls … Sergey Kashkin (hereinafter Sergey): This will require a very large guitar for the girl to fit in! Roman Shilepin (hereinafter Roman): Yes, they also stick on the saxophone! Sergey: Yes, start with the saxophonist! Sergei “Sonic” Burkov (hereinafter referred to as Sonic): I remember how in childhood I played some kind of rock on the radio, I took some paddle for children and started playing, like I’m a rocker. My grandmother came up to me: she had very long hair and she hung it over my head, as if I was really a rocker, and I twisted this hair in front of the mirror – it was very cool.
Roman: And I also played the guitar, and even sang songs in the transition, it was such a thing. But all the same, I was drawn by the saxophone for some reason.
– And how did it happen? Roman: I don’t know. Well, the soul probably lies closer. Sonic: Since childhood, I also wanted to play Sax … Sergey: My brother and I also had a period in childhood, when we portrayed a rock band. I don’t remember, I was about three years old, I knocked huge knitting needles on the suitcase, and he sawed it on a badminton racket. In fact, in my case, this is an absolute coincidence: my parents always wanted to send me to a music school, but no one thought about it, as is usual with us, much in advance. At some point, I come from school, my mother says: “We recorded you in music,” and I said: “What, where?”, And they are like: “Well, there was an extra set, either on a harp or on French horn. ” They say that on the harp, we thought it was cool of course, but … – She takes the place. Sergey: In general, they really liked the horn teacher, and he really was a cool man, Anatoly Fedorovich – just a teacher from God. But the horn itself, to be honest … I could not imagine myself with this instrument in life. Therefore, as soon as I graduated, I just threw it away and went to cut electronic music. And then, over time, largely due to our simply fateful acquaintance with Seryozha … Sonic: It somehow happened that we first played electronic music with acoustic instruments. And not only that: Serezha played the bass, I played the saxophone, and with the live drummer they did something like drum and bass, such a quick soul. Then, when I made my first brass band, I called Seryoga on the horn. Well, he apparently didn’t really like it, and he rolled off. Sergey: No, there were eight trumpeters at that time and six saxophonists, the horn was simply not heard – and I dumped from there. “Too many people, in general. Sergey : And after some time, Sonic calls me and says: “Will you come for a turnip?”, And I told him: “Damn, dude, we already discussed this with you,” and he: “Yes, I have a new one project, come on in. ”“ But in the projects you are not confused, Sonic? Sonic: No, I am not confused. They are all different in character, I play different instruments. Sergey: Yes, and again a series of happy coincidences: at some point Seryoga met Roma and everything turned out very quickly. And after some time I just realized that I needed to buy a pipe and learn to play it.
From left to right: Roman Shilepin, Sergey “Sonic” Burkov and Sergey Kashkin
Roman: He first played the horn, at first. We frightened him for a long time so that he would buy a pipe. Because the horn doesn’t fit our music a bit – it’s too soft. The tool is cool, but I needed a pipe.
Sergey: And the pipe is universal, you understand? Sonic: I would say that the pipe is more poppy. The French horn is such a tool … Firstly, it’s soft and not penetrative, not like a trombone. For the lower classes, for some average voices in packs, the horn did not suit us, because we lost it. Roman: We have a rock brass band, rock music, and so our horn immediately flew off somewhere. Sonic: I would say that we are some kind of garage-punk rock. Sergey: At some point in time we came up with the playful name “jazzafak”. You know how “mazafaka” is a DJ with guitars, and we have the same thing, only with spiritual ones.