Alex Ambrose is the managing producer for Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station and website devoted to discovery, curiosity and vibrant 21st-century music.
So Percussion on Q2
The Scene-Stealing Percussion Quartet Records for Q2
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 12:01 PM
You've hopefully heard Q2's "stings" countless times by now. Stings are the pre-recorded, station-identifying short bits of music used as segues between songs. In radio jargon, they're also referred to as sweepers, stingers, radio/station imaging, bumpers, shotguns... admittedly, the radio industry has some eccentric terminology.
We are thrilled to annouce that the omniverous, innovative New York-based percussion quartet So Percussion agreed to record stings for Q2, which you'll soon hear regularly on the stream. These short musical compositions will provide the music between the music, the sonic connective tissue of the station.
Carrying vibes, marimbas, harmonium, drum kit, portable organ, harmonica and assorted metallic, glass and ceramic percussion instruments, So Percussion came into our studio recently to record this Q2 theme music. You'll have to wait until they're integrated into the Q2 stream to hear them in all their permutations, but here's a sampling of some, composed by bandmates Eric Beach, Josh Quillen and Jason Treuting (try playing more than one at once!).
This music was mixed by WQXR chief engineer, Ed Haber.
Also, enjoy some videos of the recording session itself. Watch them here or enjoy them in HD on Q2's facebook page.