The Oidupaa mixes are done! Getting closer to release time... some stuff I can share:
Here's an excerpt from one of his favorite, mellowest tunes, Айлан кужум (Ailan-Kuzhum), or My Nightingale. So, no Ubai-Ubai here ;-) It's also the only cover song, written by the late Begzi Kaadyr-ool.
Эзим арга ыраажызы
Эзим чуртуг айлан кужум.
Эртенги хун хаяазынга
Эрээн каазын ырлап берем.
Аныяк чаш ынакшылым!
You are a singer in the forest
You are a nightingale-bird that was born in a forest.
At the early sunrise
Could you please sing your beautiful song?
You are my nightingale-bird
You are lovely
My young beautiful love!http://khoomei.com/mp3s/Ailan-Kuzhumexcerpt.mp3
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We recorded at the large, dead room at Radio Tuva, on my equipment that we schlepped across Mongolia and a good chunk of Siberia. Recording unit was the superlative, ultra-high quality Korg MR-1000, running at 1-bit/5.86 MHz.
We brought the Korg, extra power supplies and a ton of batteries, a few Blue cables and a few old Oktava MC-012 mics (didn't want to risk anything more expensive, plus I dug the idea of bringing the old Russian-made mics to Tuva). Used the Korg's built-in preamps and they sounded great!
I used Korg's AudioGate software to convert the 2-track files to 24-bit/44.1KHz and mixed in Digital Performer at our studio.
We had only about 3 hours at RT. We were booked for the day before, and the guy at the station was not so happy as he was starting his vacation that day, and wanted us to hurry up and leave. Fortunately, Oidupaa warmed up for a bit, and once we began recording we did each song in only one take.
For backup/safeties, we used Andrew Colwell's Zoom unit, which sadly was stolen in Irkutsk, and Johnna also recorded Digital8 video. We plan to include some of the video in a "Collector Quality" package, along with the 24-bit mixes, lyrics in Tuvan/Russian, transliterations, and English translations, some photos, and notes by Valentina Suzukei and myself. The less-expensive version will probably include 320-bit mp3s, and no video.
Enjoy, and PLEASE buy it when we release it!