In these pandemic times, when neither choir nor congregational singing is advisable we are continuing to find new ways to lift our voices in song and make a joyful noise unto the Lord in worship. Singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities are welcome to offer their musical gifts to support the worship life of St. Mark's during this season.
If you have a mobile device (a newer apple Iphone or Ipad) that is able to download the Acapella app by picplaypost and you would be willing to participate in a musical collaboration for one of the pieces listed below, or if are interested in offering your musical gifts via zoom as a cantor or instrumentalist, please contact Sylvia+. If you do not have a suitable device at home for recording from home with the Acapella app, but would like to participate in a collaboration, contact Sylvia+ and set up a time to meet at St. Mark's to do your recording using Sylvia's Ipad at the church. PS Sylvia+ is more than happy to set up a one-on-one or group tutorial to help you learn how to use Acapella and/or Zoom, as needed!
Collaborate with an upcoming project using the Acapella App
Scroll down to the next section for further instructions on using the Acapella App.
Sign up by October 1st to collaborate on creating one or more of these songs in early October....
Find links to sheet music and audio recordings of each part below, to assist you in learning your part!
1) On an Iphone or Ipad, download the Acapella App by picplaypost 2) Create an account AND SIGN IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT (you cannot collaborate on a project unless you are signed in!) 3) When you receive an invitation click "collab" 4) Wearing earphones, listen to the tracks previously recorded 5) Tap an EMPTY window in the collaboration (don't tap someone else's picture, or you will record over them) 6) Wearing earphones, record your own part (click red circle to start, red circle to stop) while listening to the other parts. You can record as many times as necessary to get it right. 7) When you are satisfied with your track, click the green "continue". 8) Click "save and share" (blue in upper right) 9) Select "collaboration" (3rd option...after 'public' and 'private') 10) Forward the link to the next collaborator on the list via text (sms), email, or Facebook. 11) Final collaborator forwards the link back to originator (usually Sylvia+) for final editing and posting.
For more detailed written instructions with photos, visit: https://intercom.help/mixcord/en/articles/3857070-acapella-how-do-i-collaborate-with-others-link-sharing
Or check out this youtube tutorial (beginning at minute 9): https://youtu.be/kdgx0v7G_jg
Stuck? Text Sylvia+ at 510-932-1315 and we'll figure it out together!
Experimenting with Orthodox Chants with Donnel
PARTS: Melody: sung by a singer/cantor Ison: is a drone note, or a slow-moving lower vocal part, used in Byzantine chantand some related musical traditions to accompany the melody. It serves to support the melody, and not to transform it into a harmonized or polyphonic piece. Historically, it is the oldest genre of extant music that is monophonic and sung acapella. It is a tradition that provided musical treated to all sacred texts. See 2 examples below.