My recording project is finished, and I’m so excited to share it with you! It’s probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done with GarageBand…
Just to give you a little background, this piece is an arragement of the second movement of my wind ensemble piece, “Proclaim,” which I composed in 2013. If you’re not familiar with my Psalm Series, I basically take a psalm (in this case, Psalm 19), analyze the pitch and rhythm of how it would be spoken aloud, and turn it into an instrumental piece. So although “Proclaim” wasn’t originally a vocal piece, it can easily be translated into one because the “words” of the psalm are inherent in the melody line.
So I made an arrangement that includes multiple parts for trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, and voice, then recorded all of it! There are a total of 44 tracks in 4 separate GarageBand files, each of which I then rendered into audio files and combined in one master file. (It could’ve been accomplished with fewer tracks were it possible to change panning or volume in the middle of a track on GarageBand, but it’s not…at least, not that I know of…) Here’s the breakdown:
~ Melody Vocals (singing with words): 15 tracks
~ Textural Vocals (singing without words): 10 tracks
~ Horns (trumpet and flugel): 12 tracks
~ Piano: 7 tracks
From start to finish, it took me about two-and-a-half weeks. Not bad, huh? I started arranging on May 14 after having the idea the night before, then recorded from May 19-29, and just finished editing yesterday (June 1).
The text comes from Psalm 19:7-14 (NIV 1984), and the title is taken from verse 14.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.