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August 28, 2019

Recording/Video Premiere: Andrew York performs his “Numen Suite” on an 1864 Antonio de Torres

See and hear Andrew York’s new composition on a phenomenal and original Antonio de Torres guitar from 1864. Andy went back to his 1994 album “Denouement” and revisited one of his pieces called “Numen” and decided to expand on it by writing a 4 movement work, which he’s aptly titled “Numen Suite”. The names of the four movements are: I. Numen, II. Lumen, III. Menhir and IV. Numina. Although Andy has been performing this piece recently in his concerts, this is the recorded premiere. Please enjoy this fantastic new composition played on a very rare and collectible vintage Torres!


Comments (8)

I love listening to Andrew York play!! He puts so much heart and soul into his performance, and his choice of music is always enjoyable. This suite is beautiful, as is all of his works. Thanks for sharing!!

has this recording been fussed with in production? Miking? Studio?
I find it hard to believe that an 1864 classic by Torres (or anybody) could sound that good. I guess most of the twentieth century master luthiers have not really
done much better.
maybe there is only one way to build a great guitar, then or now, and it will
sound wonderful no matter who built it or when.

wonderful performance and lovely original composition. I too think that the guitar sounds too good .. and would like to know if reverb eq, or other sustaining ambience fx tool was added…. please let us know so we can know what the recordings represent of the real sound of the instrument..
waiting for your reply

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Hey – I’m Kai Narezo and I do all of the audio for the GSI vids. Our goal is always to capture what a guitar actually sounds like as accurately as possible. As a matter of principle I never use EQ, but I do usually add reverb for ambience. I also add a limiter to make the videos loud enough to compete in the YouTube realm. My goal is to capture as much as possible what I experienced in the room hearing the guitar. As anyone who’s done much recording knows, everything affects the sound – from the microphones to their placement to the rest of the gear and, most importantly, the room one records in (we are all familiar with our great sounding guitar suddenly sounding dull in a new space or playing in a room where everything we play sounds glorious). And of course my experience hearing the guitar is as subjective as anyone else’s.
But, having recorded about 1500 guitars at this point, I can say without hesitation that there is magic when you hear a well preserved Torres. I’ve recorded over a dozen of them now and I’m constantly amazed. I agree that they sound ‘too good’, but I’ve experienced this time and time again and that’s just how it is when you’re in the room with a great player playing one.
Cheers,
Kai

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