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1/2 Orchestra: “sound Engineers, treat wind instruments correctly, learn to record them»

At one of the presentations of the Schiit technique, I included a couple of tracks from the long-familiar Moscow brass band 1/2 Orchestra, and the audience was surprised at how well they were recorded, especially for the Russian band. Since then, I wanted to ask the guys about the nuances of recording wind instruments, how they came to live in an embrace with copper, about a variety of music, physical media, as well as about their side project Half Live.

There are six people in “Polorkestra”: Roman Shilepin plays first of all on the saxophone, Sergey” Sonic ” Burkov is most often found with a tuba, Ramil Shamsutdinov — with a trombone, Sergey Kashkin — with a trumpet. Pavel Pakhomov is responsible for percussion and electronics, while Mikhail Ryzhov is responsible for drums.I was able to talk to Roman, Sergey Kashkin, Sergey “Sonic” Burkov and a little Ramil after the concert, which took place on the open roof of the “worker and collective farm” pavilion.— In principle, I will start with the most banal question: why did you start learning to play wind instruments in the first place? Usually choose a guitar to pick up girls…Sergey Kashkin (further Sergey): this will require a very large guitar for the girl to fit in!Roman Shelepin (the novel): and the saxophone is also glued!Sergey: Yes, start with the saxophonist!Sergei “sonic” Burkov (further sonic): I remember, as a child, some rock was played on the radio, I took some children’s shovel and began to play, like I’m a rocker. My grandmother came up to me: she had very long hair and she hung it over my head, as if I really was a rocker, and I was in front of the mirror twirling this hair — it was very funny.

Roman: and I also played the guitar, and sang songs in the trsome reason, there was such a thing. But still I was drawn to the saxophone for some reason.
— How did it happen?”Roman: I Don’t know. Well, the soul probably lies closer.Sonic: I’ve wanted to play sax since I was a kid, too…Sergey: my brother and I also had a period in our childhood when we were playing a rock band. I don’t remember, I was about ive drummerold, I was banging huge spokes on a suitcase, and he was sawing on a badminton racket. In fact, in my case, this is an absolute combination of circumstances: my parents always wanted to send me to a music school, but no one thought about it, as we usually do, much in advance. At some point, I come home from school, my mom says, ” We put you in the music room,” and I’m like, ” What, where?”and they’re like,” Well, there was an extra set, either for the harp or the French horn.” They say that the harp, we thought that cool of course, but…— It takes up space.”Sergey: in General, they really liked the French horn teacher, and he was really a cool guy, Anatoly Fedorovich-just a teacher from God. But the French horn itself, it is, to be honest… I could not imagine myself with this tool in my life. So as soon as I got out of it, I just threw it out and went to listen to electronic music. And then, over time, largely thanks to our just fateful acquaintance with Seryozha…Sonic: It just so happened that we first played electronic music with acoustic instruments. And not only that: there Seryozha played bass guitar, I played saxophone, and with a live drummer they did something like drum and bass, fast soul like that. Then, when I made my first brass band, I called Seryoga on the French horn. Well, he didn’t seem to like it very much, so he backed off.Sergey: No, there were eight trumpeters at that time and six saxophonists, the French horn was just not heard — and I got out of there.— Too many people, anyway.Sergey: and after a while, sonic calls me and says: “Will you come to turnip?”, and I’m like, ” Damn, man, we’ve already discussed this,” and he’s like, ” no, I have a new project, come on.”- Don’t you get mixed up in projects, sonic?Sonic: No, I’m not confused. They are all different in character, I play different instruments.Sergey: Yes, and again a series of happy accidents: at some point Seryoga met Roma and everything turned out very quickly. And after a while, I just realized that I should buy a trumpet and learn to play it.

From left to right: Roman Shelepin, Sergey “sonic” Burkov Sergey Kashkin
Roman: He first played the French horn, at first. We scared him for a long time to buy a pipe. Because the French horn doesn’t match our music a bit — it’s too soft. The instrument is cool, but it needed a trumpet.
Sergey: and the pipe is universal, do you understand?Sonic: I would say that the trumpet is more pop. The French horn is such an instrument… First, soft and not punchy, not like a trombone. The French horn didn’t suit us for the low-level, middle-class voices in bundles, because we lost it.Roman: we have a rock brass band, rock music, and that’s why our French horn immediately flew somewhere.Sonic: I would say that we are some kind of garage punk rock.Sergey: At some point in time, we came up with the playful name of “dataface”. You know how “motherfucker” is j-j-j with guitars, and we have the same thing, only with wind instruments. Jazaaka full.— I don’t think you all have any serious musical education, do you?Sergey: Well, 50/50. In fact, Seryozha, Roma and Ramil are professional musicians, while the rest are self — taught.— And because you started your love of music with rock in the first place, your style is such a collective Solyanka.Sergey: I wouldn’t say that it’s from rock, we actually have a very cool one, as it’s called…— I think it’s very funky.Sonic: I wouldn’t say funky.Roman: Yes, I wouldn’t say that either. There are just different elements. I love all music, from classical to jazz and rock, thrash, and metal, and all-all-all like that interesting, all that quality — that just lures. And I love pop music, too. I admit it!— I don’t usually like to listen to the Glitters.Sonic: Well, you shouldn’t have said that. Just give you a shot with an umbrella.- No, well, sometimes the soul demands it…Roman: No, after all, every work has its share of creativity, whether it is large or small. The more, the more interesting. And the style… everyone likes different things. Then, over time, as you grow up, you listen to different music. Then it gets boring, you start listening to another music, and so gradually you get acquainted with different styles, tastes change — and you start to bring it all to the team. We have no restrictions on one thing.

From left to right: Sergey Kashkin and Roman Shelepin
Sonic: At the same time, you do not stop loving the old anyway, it always lives in your heart.
Roman: that’s why our music is versatile. Our initial position is not to clamp down on anyone, everyone plays what they have come up with. Everything in real jam mode happens. Free music.Sonic: No, well, then it is, of course, all refined, processed…Roman: Yes, sometimes it happens that the composition is collected immediately, and sometimes-for months, or even a year can pass before this composition finally rises. And then there are songs that we haven’t recorded yet, but we play them on stage. So we wait.Sergey: here, Ramil has come. Ramil has a very interesting history.Ramil Shamsutdinov: There were many twists and turns, Yes. A lot has happened to make us what we are.Sonic: Ramil is a very interesting musician.— Yes, I didn’t just see it at your place.Sonic: Ramil started his career in the Leningrad group.Ramil: come on, earlier. In the “Young voices”.Sonic: Wow, did you play the drummer there?Ramil: No!Sergey: on a triangle?Ramil: I played the drummer in eighty-something years… 87, 88 probably aergey: Here, you and I were just going through history with rock combs.Sonic: they turned their Pots over, Yes.— I haven’t been here yet.”Sonic: Can I say a few words for you, Ramil? About you. Probably, the first fairly well-known project in which Ramil began to play, I think, is still the band “Leningrad”, and then Ramil played in a wonderful group in St. Petersburg called Markscheider Kunst, which I partially grew up on. I was very much inspired by it, it’s a great band, I still adore it.Ramil: I only played there for five years…Sonic: and then Ramil came to Moscow, in 2009, and I met him DJing at the OGI club. And began to recruit to his brass band. Ramil did not immediately agree, but at some point he came to the rehearsal.

Ramil: it was about a year, probably, I thought.
Sonic: Well, in fact, you did the right thing — we came up with something this year that could interest you, and then everything went very interesting.- In General, everything, sonic, because of you.Sonic: No! All because of everything!Ramil: actually, Yes, everything is because of everything, but I’m in this group because of him, because of Sonic, I suddenly found myself in “Polorkestra”.Roman: in General, we did this: me, sonic and Misha, the drummer, started jamming together, and in one rehearsal-two hours-we came up with four songs at once. It came up in a moment.Sonic: Yes, they match.Roman: Sometimes you play with people, and somehow it doesn’t work out, but then it coincided — and that’s it, the process started. Immediately felt everything and everything is clear. And we started just doing-doing, inviting musicians…Sonic: but not all remained.Roman: There were a lot of people, a lot has passed. Someone for the reason that they did not pull, and did not want to or did not understand. And we tried with vocalists, but we didn’t get the vocalists. Many people ask us: why do we play instrumental music? And we initially decided that if you do something new, interesting, and the same with the vocalist: we wanted him to get used to it in his own way. And when he just does something normal, well… We are not interested, we immediately eliminated such people. We had a collaboration with rappers, with Cody brown, with “Lana Mountain”.Sonic: with Cody, by the way, it was not bad, and with “Mountains”, too.Roman: Cody is specific, it is philosophical, difficult for the public to understand, so to speak, it must be really felt. And the “Mountains of Lana” were very cool Estonians. But they are in Estonia, and we are…Sonic: and we are here, and this is a small complication.Roman: Even someone is no longer here.— In General, I’m interested in how you record, because wind instruments are not easy.

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