The Vocal Company Blog

It's Electric - Dave Longo on Experimenting in the Studio

Posted by Erin McCullough on Mar 13, 2017 3:06:18 PM

The world of a cappella is constantly innovating and progressing, and at the forefront of this is the rapid rise and use of electronic arrangements and production. By experimenting in all areas of your work, and broadening your horizons into the world of EDM, groups are discovering new music and sounds they never thought their group could achieve. We've experienced this first hand, most notably in the  4 out of 5 of the CARA Nominations within the electronic/experimental category, one of which is our own track from Next Level! 

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Why Recording is the Ultimate Performance Filter

Posted by JD Frizzell on Jan 19, 2017 3:18:28 PM

If you want to set up your a cappella group for success at their next competition or big performance, you'll do almost anything.  You might work with guest clinicians, perform in less pressure-filled situations, get feedback from peers, and/or video and watch your set.

The one thing you're probably not doing that you should?  Recording.

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2017: Lumos

Posted by Dave Longo on Jan 11, 2017 4:07:00 PM

While we are moving steadily through January now, I'm still thinking back to all the wonderful things 2016 brought to a cappella. Pentatonix won another grammy and hit number one on Billboard. A collegiate group, the Northeastern Nor’easters, made it onto the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In Transit opened on Broadway to rave reviews. Varsity Vocals started the Open, a no-holds-barred competition with a winning purse of $25,000. The British won the ICCA (congrats Techtonics!). Pitch Perfect 3 started filming. The A Cappella Video Awards were created. We saw a second season of Sing It On (featuring four #TVCFamily groups). OneVoice was featured on America’s Got Talent. More supergroups were born, more high school groups formed, more MIDDLE school groups entered onto the scene. Oh… and there was an a cappella wedding or two in there (Hi, Angela Longo!).

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