to the skirl of the bagpipes
The Southland Times
October 29, 2001
DISUSED studio at Classic Hits ZAFM in Invercargill resounded
to the skirl of bagpipes at the weekend as the City of
Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band cut its debut CD, Pipin
Scheduled for release by Christmas, the recording features
a selection of tunes from the band's annual Celtic rock
Pipe major David Pickett said that although it had been
a big weekend, with recording sessions lasting well into
the night, the result was well worth it.
"We're really pleased with the tunes that we've put
down," he said. "In the five years since Pipin
' Hot started we've done more than 90 different tunes
so we put a lot of time and thought into which of them
should go on the CD.
"We've also had a brilliant sound engineer in Rob
Mayes, who's been really great in understanding what we
want to achieve with all the dynamics of the different
instruments." Studio 1 at Classic Hits in Invercargill
was chosen for the recording sessions because it was big
enough to cope with the number of musicians involved and
for its superior acoustic qualities for the pipes.
Trevor Morton was the pipe major of the band when it last
used the studio in the early 1980s.
In those days the pipe band regularly played for the National
Programme, both live and prerecorded.
"It was regarded as one of `the' recording studios
in its day," he said.
In the weekend sessions, the instruments were recorded
on different tracks.
However, in the 1980s the full pipe band played together.
The volume of the drums proved difficult to manage in
the small space.
"The drummers played behind big walls with windows
so they could see the pipers playing and my foot going
up and down," Mr Morton said.
The impetus to record came from the tour of Canada in
June and July when members were inundated with requests
Southlander Murray Burns, formerly of the band Mi-Sex
and now a record producer and composer in Australia, will
oversee mastering of the final tracks in Sydney.
Orders for the CD are being taken on the band's website