Posted: February 7, 2014 in listening, opera, video, websites
Opera singers get a brief mention in one of the online exhibits of the Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco.
Now, it IS a really brief mention. And the scientific explanation is somewhat (over?-)simplified. But I guess you could use it to explain opera singer anatomy and acoustics to your kid!
At any rate, I think it’s cool to see opera singers highlighted in a science museum exhibit in any way, shape, or form!
And dude, I think I know that guy in the picture (and yes, he is in the biz…)
Posted: February 7, 2014 in blogs, career, opera, websites
Since I’m working on my résumé at the moment, I thought I’d do a roundup of basic résumé writing resources for singers. Read the rest of this entry »
Bright lights reflecting off of an iPad screen. Credit: CNET
Today I attended a choral concert where my companion and I noticed something rather mysterious. There were these big rectangular reflections on the acoustic shell behind the chorus. And the reflections would move around in a strange and distracting way.
The reflections seemed too odd and random to be an intentional production element with the lighting. And I couldn’t see anything on the set pieces or in the stage lighting that would cause reflections or lights like that.
Could it be caused by something in the singers’ attire? There was nothing in the concert uniforms that would provide an obvious explanation. Watches or other jewelry, perhaps? The reflections were rectangular and big, and even the sopranos I know don’t wear jewelry THAT big. ;-)
The mystery was solved when my companion pointed out that the reflections disappeared when the singers put down their choir folders and then reappeared when they raised them again. We deduced that it must be the reflections from the screens of the singers who were using iPads or tablets – of which there were several. The stage lights were very bright, making the reflections fairly prominent.
Unlike onstage iPad face-glow, I don’t know a good fix for this offhand. You can get matte anti-glare films for your tablet screen (here’s the one I use) and they certainly help with readability of the screen under stage lights, but I don’t know if they help with this kind of reflection. But it’s just something to be aware of and to try to avoid – an unexpected side-effect of tablet use onstage, that could add an unintended distraction to your ensemble’s presentation.
Ever since I saw a commercially-manufactured magnetic iPad case that mounts on metal surfaces (the KICMount), I have been interested in trying to make one myself to use on a music stand. The iPad would attach to the music stand securely enough that I wouldn’t have to worry about minor bumps and jostles causing the iPad to crash to the ground. I could also safely pick up the music stand and carry it around while the iPad is on it.
I finally got to try this project - here are instructions on how I did it. This project is easily adaptable to other kinds of tablet cases too. Read the rest of this entry »