Music & Technology


 

 

 
 


 

Technology

After graduating from the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York, David Tayler gradually changed the emphasis of studies to Music, but continued to study Physics and Astronomy. At this time, he also began studying recording technology and began to try to build better recording devices for Classical Music, and, in particular, Early Music. Early computer experiments were not particularly rewarding, and he still used tape based systems until the advent of PC based hard disk recorders. He learned digital audio editing on an IBM XT, and, at the same time studied the mainframe Score system of computer notation, eventually making the transition to Sibelius software. He began mutitracking Classical Music concerts after the introduction of the Alesis Eight track digital recorders, then switched to hard disk multitrack recording, adopting 18, 20 and 24 bit formats as they became available, During the 1980s he began experimenting with the electronics of microphones in order to develop a better system for recording Classical Music, and, at the same time, worked on ribbon microphones as an alternative to the standard microphones in use at the time. In addition, he began testing and modifying the electronics of the analog/digital stage of recording equipment. In 1998, he collaborated with Reins Heijnis to produce a variable multipattern remote-controlled microphone with a custom power supply based on the Neumann U89 capsule, which is still one of the finest microphones in the world today. In 2007, he developed a workflow for remotely and wirelessly synching multiple High Definition video cameras to themselves and to audio tracks.. In that year, he was one the first in the world to produce High Definition broadcasts on the internet of Early Music concerts using the Xvid and other codec systems on the Stage6 platform; he later adapted the format to take advantage of the H.264 codec for streaming video on all major internet platforms. He currently uses the Sequoia Digital editing suite for audio and video work, and primarily Canon HDV cameras and Schoeps & Sennheiser microphones, in addition to the microphones that he himself designs.

In 2008, Dr. Tayler developed a number of new ways to present both performance and musicological editions on the internet complete with both audio and video interactive capablities. This allows easy study, sharing and commentary for all aspects of musical notation and musical performance.