Chasing The Dragon have chosen Mendelssohn's wonderful octet performed by The Locrian Ensemble for their latest recording. The musicians are all soloists in their own right; however, they are led by the ubiquitous violinist, Jack Liebeck.
The recording has given Chasing The Dragon the opportunity to compare a variety of microphone techniques, which they do in the second half of the album. You can compare valve vs transistor mics and the sound of analogue 1/2" master tape running at 30 IPS vs digital at 24 / 192, all recorded at the same time. They have even used their binaural head - which sounds great on headphones!
- Performed on Contemporary Instruments
- Recorded at the Henry Wood Hall, London
- Separate Microphone Comparison Tracks
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 20
- Gypsy Folk Song by Ivan Vasiliev
- AKG C12 Valve - Spaced Pair with Jecklin disc
- DPA 4006A Transistor - Same position as above
- AKG C12 Valve - Master Tape 1/2" @ 30 IPS
- AKG C12 Valve - Blumlein Configuration
- NEUMANN KU100 - Binaural Head