The Sound of Silence

This is the first acoustic cover I have recorded with my new microphone. It’s a Maono AU-A04, a low-end condenser microphone, which seems to work good enough.

This cover is not in the same tempo as the original. I liked it in a slow tempo, gives you time to absorb the notes ringing.

The harmonies by Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon are amazing in the studio version of course. But their live performance in 1981 shows how great musicians they are. 2 guys and a Guitar with beautiful harmonies.

A Little Tangent

Performances like these must be really difficult as you don’t have layers of sounds of various instruments where mistakes won’t be as evident.

One example of such a performance is “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills and Nash. 3 guys, Stills on Guitar backing the harmonies beautifully, and thousands of people.

An 8-9 minutes song which builds up and in comes the Spanish section at the end to finish up the song.

The final section (the coda) is sung in Spanish, with “doo-doo-doo-da-doo” backing vocals, starting at 6:34 until the song concludes. Stills has said that he intentionally made the final stanzas unexpected and difficult, even using a foreign language for the lyrics, “just to make sure nobody would understand it” (not even Spanish speaking people).