Here are STEP BY STEP Instructions on What to Do!

ELIGIBILITY 
ANY and ALL PANNIST around the world are invited to take part in this project.

You will need the following to participate:

Register 

If you are new to the Virtual Steelband, please click here  to register so you can receive important updates on participating in PAN IN UNITY.

 

What You Need
1. An instrument: a tuned steelpan of any voice or percussive instrument (iron, congas etc.)
2. Music scores: needed to learn and perform the "Pan In Unity Medley",

**there is also music with Note names available as well for non readers.
3. A video recording device of high quality (1080p or higher): a video camera, smart phone, tablet, computer etc.

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD MUSIC

​Download the part you would like to perform and practice with the audio tracks given. There are audio files available for each part at three different tempos: slow (70), medium (85), and the tempo of the final performance (100).  Get your music 

 

MUSIC IS UNAVAILABLE AFTER SUBMISSION DEADLINE.

STEP 2: VIDEO RECORD MUSIC

VIDEO RECORDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS

A. Find an acoustically advantageous space with no background noise to do your recording. In most cases this means a space with as little reverberation as possible: carpeted floors, acoustic tile ceiling, or irregular walls with drapes. The room should sound "dead" when you perform. Be sure to switch off any noisy air conditioning units or loud clocks etc.

B. Set up your camera on a tripod or a stable surface.

C. Angle yourself and your pan within the frame of the camera so that you are facing toward the right of the frame. In other words, the camera should be recording the right side of your body, and some of your hand movement within the instrument should be visible. The top of the camera frame should be above your head and the bottom of the camera frame should be just below your pan.

Solo musicians shoot portrait (vertical) angle. 

 

D. Record with HD quality or the best settings on your camera. 

E. Using earbuds or headphones, perform your part along with the audio track provided with your score. 
(MAKE SURE YOU RECORD TO THE PAN IN UNITY "AUDIO TRACK",

                      NOT THE MIDI TRACK)

The camera should not be able to capture the sound of the audio track, but only the sound from your instrument. Be sure to record the entire arrangement from beginning to end. (Please click your sticks the four beats at the beginning before you start playing, that will help us tremendously in the post- editing process) If you are submitting a portion of the piece, please include from the beginning or a portion to the end. After you have finished playing the last note, stand still until the final note has completely faded away.

F.  Once you are pleased with your recording, label your file using the following format:    
​     Instrument_Country_Full Name
     For example: Double Seconds 2_Trinidad and Tobago_Jane Doe

G. Proceed to Step 3 Below.



 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO RECORDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR STEELBANDS

A. Find an acoustically advantageous space with no background noise to do your recording. In most cases this means a space with as little reverberation as possible: carpeted floors, acoustic tile ceiling, or irregular walls with drapes. The room should sound "dead" when you perform. Be sure to switch off any noisy air conditioning units or loud clocks etc.

B. Set up your camera on a tripod or a stable surface to the front middle of the orchestra at least 8 feet away capturing the entire band or as much of the band as possible. The taller the camera angle the better. This will make it easier to see every member of the steelband. If you have extra cameras, place them around the band capturing players that are more difficult to see in the front-middle camera. Shoot using landscape angles. See image below.

 


C. Record with HD quality or the best settings on your camera(s). 

D. Each steel band is required to record with a cowbell player in the engine room at minimum to assist with keeping the steady tempo of the piece.
(Please click your sticks or Cowbell the four beats at the beginning before you start playing, that will help us tremendously in the post- editing process)Using earbuds or headphones, the cowbell player should keep time for the ensemble. If possible, your engine room can use headphone splitters, that can allow multiple people to listen to the same track at the same time. This can be a better way to ensure the entire steelband sticks to the correct tempo.  The camera should not be able to capture the sound of the audio track, but only the sound from your instruments. Be sure to record the entire arrangement from beginning to end. If you are submitting a portion of the piece, please include from the beginning or a portion to the end. After you have finished playing the last note, stand still until the final note has completely faded away.​

Please note: Engine Room instruments should only include iron, congas, and cowbell. Please do not include drum set.

E. Once you are pleased with your recording, label your file using the following format:
     Steelband Name_Country_Director(s) Full Name
     For example: Pastiche Steel Ensemble_United States_Jane Doe


 

STEP 3: UPLOAD VIDEO

A. Using a strong and steady internet connection, upload your video to our Dropbox on our

Upload Video Page             You do not need a dropbox account to upload your video.

NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:

Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 11:59PM Pacific Time TIME 

STEP 4: ENJOY YOUR PERFORMANCE

Congratulations! You have made it to the final step of the process, which means you have successfully uploaded your video and you now have the opportunity to enjoy the work you have done.

Recording Instructions

The PAN IN UNITY Score & Parts

will be made available after the project is completed for purchase for bands wishing to perform this anywhere/anytime!

We are requesting you refrain from performing this piece until that time. Thank You! 

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