The First Ever AE Digital Choir

I wanted to see if I could use voices from around the world to sing on one of my songs for an upcoming release. So, I started the AE Digital Choir.

People signed up and I sent them the music and instructions. They recorded themselves in their own DIY vocal booths (clothes closets ) using their smartphones. Then they emailed me their recordings and I arranged them at my studio here in Nashvhille. Funny enough, it worked really well.

We had a total of 49 singers.

19 women
29 men
One 7-year old girl (for the win!)

Here’s a map of where everyone sang from. You can click on the map to have a more detailed look.

Here’s what it looked like once I combined their recordings together.
Color code:
Pink – soprano
Purple – alto
Orange – harmony
Green – tenor
Blue – bass
* The different shades of each color represent voices similar in tone.

And here’s how they looked recording themselves in their DIY vocal booths (quite a good looking bunch, if I do say so myself).

Yes, I know you want to hear how it sounds, but I can’t share that QUITE yet. All I can say is that it’s sounding really cool, and you’ll be the first to know once it’s ready!

Love,
Aaron

P.S. If you want to join the AE Digital Choir, you can sign up here and I’ll let you know when we’re doing another session. We’d love to have you you! If you just want to stay posted on the choir and other Aaron Espe Music stuff, join the AELY Club here!

iPhone Recording (the Infancy of My Most Popular Song)

Inspiration seems to hit at the worst times.

You’re sitting there minding your own business, but then you have a thought and a feeling, and a moment to react before continuing to, let’s say, brush your teeth.

For the past several years I’ve made a habit of at least trying to grab inspiration by its sleeve with my iPhone. Here’s an example (thankfully I was near a guitar).

 

What you’re hearing is the exact moment right after I had the idea for what would eventually become “Making All Things New,” my most popular song.

As of right now, it has been streamed on Spotify over 30 million times. I don’t say that to brag; I say that because, based on the iPhone recording, you wouldn’t have predicted that.

What would have happened if I hadn’t recorded that snippet of gibberish?

Nothing. Certainly not 30 million listens.

I’m hoping that knowing this encourages you to tag inspiration in your own way the next time you brush up against it. Whether for a song, novel, dessert recipe, business — whatever it is, write it down, record it on your phone. Just somehow get it out of your head onto something tangible, so you can take a look at it and figure out the next step.

Love,
Aaron