The Pune Guitar Society (PGS) started a youtube channel earlier this year and they’ve been slowly uploading content. We spoke to Kuldeep Barve of PGS to find out more about their videos and plans for the future.
Why did the Pune Guitar Society start a youtube channel?
For two reasons:
– Putting quality content out in the public sphere is important. It is a great way to get feedback on the music you are playing.
– The recording of the music itself makes the player conscious of several small things in the music, which might have been overlooked. Since the recording equipment catches everything, it increases the overall awareness in the performance.
– Additionally, there is very little musical content coming online from India. There are so many talented musicians here in the India, there needs to be more content for people to see and hear. This will definitely encourage more interaction/feedback and create a kind of a awareness of who is working on what across different musical communities spread across India.
What sort of content do you intend to put out on it?
The PGS will be putting up classical music in various formats, such as solo, duet, ensemble etc. We are also looking at putting up collaborations between different instruments.
What goes into making of a PGS video?
The videos on the Channel are shot on a DSLR and recorded with a good audio recorder. The important thing here is the audio quality. We have used TASCAM/Zoom. You require one person to mount and position the camera on a tripod, check the lighting etc.and position the audio recorder.
There is usually more than one take, since mistakes are bound to happen. One must remember that these are performance videos and not music videos, in the sense that there is no post production apart from the basic titles etc. It does not take more than a couple of hours of shooting and additionally an hour or so for the video post production wherein you put in the titles, logo etc.
We have made it a point not to correct any mistakes etc. in the post production. Once we have a decent enough take, we put it out.
You’ve put up 2 pieces from 20 Lettres by Roland Dyens. These are not that commonly heard Why did you choose to record them and can we look forward to more from this series?
When I began to play these short pieces by Dyens, I realized that these are rather beautifully done. Although they are short pieces, generally one page a piece, each one of these is complete as a composition. Each letter has something to say, something to figure out. Dyens meant these as studies which address various aspects of guitar playing, but they transcend the typical etudes as pieces of good music in their own right.
We are hoping to put up more of the Lettres, yes.
Apart from the Youtube channel, what else does the PGS do?
We are focused on the following –
– Creating an opportunity for amateurs as well as advanced players to perform.
– Encouraging interactions between classical guitar players and other instrumentalists.
– Providing guidance and direction to musicians interested in western classical music and the classical guitar in particular
– Facilitating musical interactions between classical musicians and improvising musicians such as jazz musicians.