Reel to Reel Adventure

I had the pleasure of conducting the Smith College Glee Club in a performance of Ron Perera‘s Everything That Hath Breath. The piece, which dates from 1976, is for chorus with tape. There is a CD version of the accompaniment available, but it was very slow in arriving from the publisher. This necessitated a trip to our library‘s basement stacks — home of the master reel-to-reel copy. After fishing it out and dusting it off I went about trying to record it to my laptop. This turned into an adventure when the leader separated from the tape and required minor surgery, courtesy of music librarian extraordinaire Janet Spongberg.

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