Archive for March, 2010

Northern Star

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Northern Star is a musical that my mother, Joan Kennedy Taylor, and her collaborator, George Broderick, worked on for many years, starting in the 70’s.  In 2008, while going through my mother’s house in the Berkshires, I found a box full of demo tapes made during the course of their collaboration.  I took the tapes – some reel to reel, some cassettes, some taped from live performances, some recorded in studios, some of Joan and George just singing into a cassette recorder – to a recording studio and had them all transferred to CD’s.  This resulted in about 18 hours of music.  I went through this material, and assembled the “best of the best” into one CD (about 68 minutes in length).

Needless to say, this was a moving experience.  I was familiar with much of the material, but I also found material I had never heard before.  We cleaned up the recordings as much as possible – using digital signal processing to reduce noise, balance volume levels, do some minimal pitch correction – and sequenced the songs in the order suggested by existing scripts.

I am posting the results here.