It was a late afternoon, on my way back from a long walk in Tuscany, Italy. As I passed by an old church, I heard voices emanating from inside. I sneaked in, and realized musicians were warming up for a concert that would take place later in the evening. I entered, but remained passed the entrance, a distance away from the musicians. All I could hear was a sound that was heavily draped in the church's wonderful reverberation. I was too far from the church's heart to distinctively hear any direct sound. I could only hear what those old stone walls and pillars would tell to me. A sound sculpted by an acoustic designed centuries ago. The experience was truly enchanting for a sound lover like me.
I wanted to recreate this sonic encounter with this vocal soundscape. Some sliders are deliberately very wet - a term used by audio engineers to describe a heavy balance towards reverberated sounds - as to give the listener, the same distant perspective I enjoyed so much then. Browsing the varied presets will allow you to hear the soundscape from different listening angles. Some have been made closer to the singer. The two last sliders for example, are the dry and wet version of the same recording, allowing you to create your perfect mix between the soprano voice and the reverberation in the church.
This soundscape wouldn't exist without the help of Imago Latens, an opera singer from Abruzzo, not far away from Tuscany. Both places share these wonderful picturesque villages and millenary churches. (You can see Imago singing in one of them, here.) Imago sings for as long as she can remember. She loves every story connected to the music, from Disney musicals to Puccini’s operas. Imago Latens is her second identity, an identity that frees herself from the pressures of the classical world. As Imago, she sings everything she wants in every way she wants, like what she did here with this vocal soundscape. Thank you Imago!