This page lists technical details for the Rejuve-I project. It is not intended as a standalone. Main page is here.
The Rejuve-I sessions were recorded using a combination of vintage tube analog microphones and state-of-the-art modern microphones. Two grand pianos were used, a 7′ concert grand which has a brighter sound, and a 9′ concert grand with a richer, more earthy sound. Both pianos were specially tuned by John Callahan of Callahan Piano in a variant of the historical well temperament rather than the equal temperament to which most pianos are customarily tuned.
Some notes from John Callahan, piano technician, about the tuning Modern keyboard tuning has been in “equal temperament” for nearly the past 100 years. This means that each half step in an octave is spaced equally from the rest, a compromise which makes all of the intervals slightly out of tune, but allows for exactly the same sound in every key signature. Historical, or “well temperament” means that the half steps are not equally spaced—the result being that some key signatures have a more harmonious, in-tune sound, while others sound more dissonant. The pianos were tuned in an historical “well temperament” and Tammy Hall specifically composed and performed these melodies in the key signatures that can be perceived as more harmonious in this tuning. The effect is a calming, soothing musical experience.
Rejuve-I Audio Samples
The Awesome Moment
A Joy Restored
Rejuve was recorded August 22 and 23, 2006 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California using two specially tuned pianos, the highest resolution practically available and an array of vintage and state-of-the-art microphones to provide the listener as much depth, clarity and organic warmth as possible. It was released in 2007 association with the Greater Bay Area Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
- Producer / Executive Producer: Lauren Speeth, elfenworks LLC.
- Engineer: Stephen Hart, Fantasy Studios, www.fantasystudios.com.
- Session Musicians: Tammy Hall, piano; Lauren Speeth, violin; Michaelle Goerlitz, percussion.
- Composer: Tammy Lynne Hall, www.TammyHall.com. Listen to Ms Hall on NPR’s PianoJazz.
Liner Notes from Tammy Hall
Most of us are familiar with the concept that music can be a healing force. I believe it to be an absolute truth. I also believe that part of what makes music healing is the intent of the composers and performers behind the music. The concept that sounds can have physical and emotional effects on listeners has been studied, argued, validated, and disputed, for hundreds of years. After all of the research that Lauren [my best friend, producer, and musical collaborator in this, our latest effort] and I have done on the subject, we have reached the conclusion that the power of music as a healing force is dependent on the intent within it.
When we recorded the music you are about to hear, our aim was that the listener experience wellness, comfort and resolve. These original compositions were inspired by our own life journeys. With this project we hope to reach those who struggle in ways that we can only imagine: those who suffer from serious illnesses, those recovering from radical procedures and those experiencing deep emotional or spiritual trauma or loss. We believe in the power of music to help heal, comfort, inspire and encourage.
These pieces were composed to serve as a kind of blank palette—uncolored by past associations—so that you, the listener, can interpret them for the first time, taking from the music what you will for your own well-being. Rejuve never felt like work; instead it has been a labor of love, a work of gratitude. We invite all who listen to take solace in the sounds. Please find whatever comfort you seek in these songs. They were written for you, with a singular intent…to Rejuve.
Thank you. Tammy L. Hall