We assembled today at one of the largest and most beautiful churches in all of Western Canada to record "Tango", Thomas' latest composition. He had a clear vision for this piece, including who we wanted to perform it.
Enter: Borealis String Quartet.
Comprised of two fiddles, a viola and a cello, BSQ mesmerized us for 2 hours while we captured numerous variations of the piece, which clocks in just under 4 minutes. Videographer Darko Sikman joined the session for some behind-the-scenes footage to support the upcoming music video.
On the engineering side of things, we stuck to a common formula for string quartets: a stereo pair of microphones about 5 feet in front of the ensemble and an overhead condenser right on top of all the action. Considering the size and echo response of the church, we couldn't resist placing a condenser microphone up in the rafters about 90 feet away.
Stay tuned for the "Tango" music video!