From December 3, 2020 “The Columbian”
When the sweet conclusion “sleep in heavenly peace” sounds more like “sleep in heavenly pieces-s-s,” Matt Pollock reaches for his digital editing tools.
“The S-es are kind of all over the place,” chuckled the musician, teacher and volunteer video editor for the Vancouver Master Chorale. It’s Pollock’s job to blend the individual tracks recorded at home by 29 singers so everyone’s in time, and to subtly smooth down any rough edges.
“I just do a very gentle massaging of certain spots, like if somebody comes in way early, or the placement of those S-es,” he said. “It’s tough because you can only do so much before you lose the live feel.”
The result of all that solo singing plus Pollock’s digital editing is a Vancouver Master Chorale holiday concert presented in pandemic style — a streaming video everyone can enjoy safely at home. That’s the best way the chorale can generate some merry and bright spirits during a dark and difficult time, music director Jana Hart said.