CRAIG SINGLETON

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WHERE IS ALL THAT SOUND COMING FROM?
Well, it's a bit of a long story, but if you like the technical side of things, here goes! I perform my One Man Band using my Yamaha Tyros 5 Electronic Keyboard. I also play the acoustic piano when available, and sometimes the saxophone, guitar and percussion as the show demands. The Tyros 5 is the state of the art electronic keyboard on the market today! It is manufactured by Yamaha Corporation, and is the primary source of my instrumental sound. It's what is called a MIDI Sequencer Workstation. I also use the finest microphones, mixers, speakers and other musical gear to get an incredibly authentic sound, no matter what style music I'm performing! All in real time, live on stage!

WHAT IS MIDI?
Simply said, MIDI is basically a computer language for music. This language records musical information as you play it, and it can then play it back. As you get to know my show, you'll learn that I am constantly adding new songs to my song list, or repertoire. And that process of preparing a new song for my 'One Man Show' requires MIDI knowledge, a good deal of planning and musical hard work. Work that I love to do!

HOW DO YOU GET SUCH A REAL MUSICAL SOUND?
First I make a series of technical and musical decisions. For instance, I may compose, or transcribe the song from scratch, essentially playing and recording each part of a song one at a time into my keyboard. I may begin playing, say a piano part, or the drums, then layer the other parts on top, creating a song piece by piece. It's a similar process to what musicians and recording engineers do when they record an audio CD, accept that it's MIDI data being recorded, not audio. Or I may do what singers in the Big Band Era did, hire the best musical arrangers available. In fact, that's what I often do, hire great musical arrangers. I am fortunate to work with some of the finest composers and arrangers in the music business!

As the song is completed, track by track, in studio, or purchased from an arranger, either way it is then saved inside the keyboard, on the internal hard drive. Now I'm ready to mix the song. This is the process similar to what a conductor does with an orchestra, when we work with the musicians to get a specific sound, each part comes together, to create the perfect mix. Then in performance, I will then use what is called the internal sequencer, also inside the keyboard, and 'play back' that MIDI Song Data, Live, from the internal memory of the keyboard. From there, that Midi Song Data travels into what is called a sound module. That sound module is also inside the keyboard. The sound module "reads" the MIDI Data, and "sounds" the appropriate musical request. It essentially converts the Midi Song Data, such as the notes of a piano, along with all other parts, including the dynamics, tempo, etc ... into audio which we can now hear. We hear it exactly as it was originally played, recorded and mixed. The really cool thing about the Tyros 5 Sequencer, is that it can record and play back up to 16 parts simultaneously. So, I can do any style arrangement from a jazz trio to a full orchestra or rock band in my one man show.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PLAYING COVER TUNES?
"I'm here for the people I play for, and that means playing their favorite songs. And I love playing cover tunes. The songs are what connect us. Not only in the performance setting, but in our personal lives and in our culture. It's a great feeling, and an honor to make people feel special by playing their special songs!


HOW DO YOU PREPARE AND PERFORM SO MANY SONGS IN SO MANY STYLES?
When I'm preparing a song I generally stick to an arrangement people are familiar with, unless
it's a venue or event with a special theme. For instance, let's say the event is a beach or poolside party with a Caribbean theme. I might perform the song 'Woman', by Lennon, in a Reggae style. But usually, I work to create a balance between an arrangement we are all familiar with and an instrumental sound that is uniquely mine."

For the vocals however, I do do not imitate or impersonate other singers. Instead, I employ vocal techniques to emulate the musical style of the song enough so that it's authentic sounding, but still sung in my voice, in my own personal vocal style. Something old and familiar and something new and fresh! People seem to enjoy the mix. Again, it's really all about the crowd and what they want.


WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR MIDI TRACKS AND KARAOKE?
It's a big difference, actually, the way I use the technology. MIDI, as opposed to karaoke, is flexible, and gives me real time control over everything in my mix, live, very much like live musicians. Karaoke, on the other hand is set, and really can't be changed much. With Karaoke, your stuck with the sound of the instrumental arrangement of the song as it arrived from the studio that put it together, leaving you with no freedom of creation. That's why people who use mp3 players or other audio file players on stage for ''backing tracks' sound so canned. With MIDI, I can not only create and mix any style arrangement I want, but at any time during a live performance, I can change or manipulate the MIDI data, in real time.

For example, I may have recorded an electric guitar part for a Clapton tune, via MIDI, and somebody has requested a Clapton tune. However, this gig requires a more mellow sound than that electric guitar sound, and so as not to disappoint a client's request, I can on the fly in real time, change that electric guitar sound to an acoustic steel guitar, thus 'unplugging' the song arrangement style, making it appropriate for the venue and the moment. I can also change any other element of the song arrangement, as needed. And of course, I have complete flexibility to choose what instrument, or instruments I play along with the Midi Song "Live" in performance, as I sing. Cool huh! It's a lot of work, but if you're willing to spend enough money, with the quality of current technology today, and you happen to be an an experienced musician and conductor, you can achieve that incredible sound of a live band and keep it fresh and evolving. Or your budget allows and the event requires a multi-person ensemble, I can bring in the other live musicians from my Big City Band and do the show all in real time, the old fashioned way.

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Craig Edward Singleton