We are awash in a sea of self-produced content, and that’s a good thing. At the same time, there’s no denying that musicians who aren’t accustomed to this format are discovering that getting a quality audio track takes more than having a good microphone.

And I certainly shouldn’t say this is a lesson only musicians are learning, plenty of arts admins are learning the same lesson as they navigate the same rapids.

When you run across something that is genuinely excellent in quality of performance, audio recording, and video production, it can really make your day.

Case in point, the series of videos from German tubist Daniel Riddler. One of his latest offerings features him performing a tuba-euphonium quartet arrangement of Holst’s Second Suite in F. Riddler performs all fours parts and what turns the performance up to 11 is tubas are already notoriously difficult to record, but he manages to get a fabulous sound.

Having been a tuba player in another life, I could geek out over this video for a solid hour (no joke) but instead, I’ll just let you enjoy.

Don’t miss the background in his video, this guy is a monster instrument collector. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel where you can find other movements from the Second Suite.

What else floating around is catching your attention? Take a moment to share in the comments.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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