Saratoga in B Flat

November 21st, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

This year, the annual First Night Saratoga celebration (on Saturday, December 31, of course) is adding a new wrinkle to the festivities.

“Saratoga in B Flat” is an interactive musical installation based on Darren Solomon’s “In Bb 2.0.”

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Here’s where you come in. “Saratoga in B Flat” is going to be created using videos submitted to the Saratoga Arts Center by you.

To be a part of the interactive sonic experience, here’s all you have to do:

– Sing or play an instrument, in Bb major. Simple, floating textures work best, with no tempo or groove. Leave lots of silence between phrases.

– Record in a quiet environment, with as little background noise as possible.

– Wait about 5-10 seconds to start playing.

– Total length should be between 1-2 minutes.

– Thick chords or low instruments don’t work very well.

– Record at a low volume to match the other videos.

– You can listen to this mix on headphones while you record.

– Upload your recording to YouTube

– After you upload to YouTube, play your video along with the other videos on the page to make sure the volume matches.

– Send the YouTube link to First Night organizers at

On New Year’s Eve, First Night attendees will have the chance “play” the various videos, creating a live, continuous piece of original music.

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