Spring Fever Giveaway 2011: Squirrel Trench Audio Editing

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Welcome to DAY SIX of the Spring Fever Giveaway 2011!
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We'll take care of the music. The dance is up to you.

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Squirrel Trench Audio.

Squirrel Trench Audio offers music editing and original remixes for dance competition and recitals.

Musician and editor, Morriss Partee has played and studied music in one form or another since he was a wee tiny tot. A while back, his girlfriend, who is a dance teacher at a top 10 studio in Massachusetts, asked him to blend together several different songs and spoken voice pieces for a character dance for her 8-10 year-olds called “Pixie Hollow.” Morriss says he had a blast putting the music and sounds together for the piece and enjoyed seeing it performed on stage. Later, as he realized that nearly all songs destined to be played loud over competition or recital sound systems, could be improved with professional-level audio editing, Squirrel Trench Audio was born.

Morriss realizes that many dance teachers and studios don’t have the budget for professional song editing, especially in this difficult economy. So he’s written many tips and techniques for doing it well on his blog at squirreltrenchaudio.com. Right now, he’s working on a series of posts on how to avoid the five most common audio editing mistakes he’s hearing at dance competitions. Because dance teachers sometimes need inspiration for song ideas when their new season starts in August or September, he’s also compiled a list of song ideas in several dance categories (jazz, lyrical, tap, contemporary, musical theater).

FYI, if you’re wondering what’s in a name, a “squirrel trench” is what Morriss calls a bad music edit – an obvious hiccup, glitch or scar in the music for a dance routine. Hopefully the squirrel trenches you hear at dance competitions are in other studio’s music, and not your own!

The Giveaway

IMAGE Capture of a Squirrel Trench Audio editing session in progress. IMAGEMorriss would like to give away one editing session of a song to dance competition/recital length to THREE different Dance Advantage readers.
The retail value of a single song edit is $50. Since the finished product will be made available for downloading, our winners can be located anywhere. However, if you’d like Morriss to provide your song on CD, the cost will be $10 plus shipping.

As a winner, you’ll get to hear an initial draft of your edited song, and if you’re not 100% happy with the way it has come out, you can provide feedback for what you’d like changed. After you’re satisfied with the final result, Squirrel Trench Audio will make the edited song available online for winners to download in both high quality mp3 format, as well as AIFF for highest quality when burning to CD.

When Morriss edits songs, he does it from a musician’s perspective, with an understanding of what dancers need in the music. “I always keep the ending if the song has one,” he says. “There are a lot of things that go into editing a song well for dance, including song structure, intro, ending, overall volume, equalization, and so forth. In order to edit the song optimally for dancer(s), it’s helpful to know if it’s a solo, duo/trio, or group, what the age group is, and whether we’re looking for a shorter piece (2:05-2:25) for younger dancers/soloists/tap or if we’re going for a longer piece (in the 2:30-2:55 range) for older dancers and/or larger groups.” Squirrel Trench Audio offers single song editing, as well as multiple song packages for teachers and studios.

How To Enter:

TEACHERS: Leave a comment at this post, responding to the following: Name a song you’ve used or seen performed at a dance show/competition that stands out as a favorite or uniquely special.
STUDIO OWNERS: How do you handle it when two or more of your teachers want to choreograph the exact same song?

Again, since the finished product will be made available for downloading, this giveaway is open worldwide and will close Wednesday, March 30 at Midnight EDT.

Winners will be drawn and contacted within one week from today. Best of luck!

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