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Sweet Sweet Moon - I do you good

presented by They shoot music and AKG

on 23 April 2014

On a stroll down a quiet city street, Matthias and Lukas of the indie duo Sweet Sweet Moon stop to chat with an elderly woman outside of her antiques shop. Music drifts out to the street. “Is this Bach?” Matthias asks. The three chat pleasantly, and before long the two musicians, Matthias on violin,Lukas on cello, are playing, invited by the woman to perform in her shop, with the performance captured by the Viennese music blog They Shoot Music Don’t They as part of a documentary, produced with the help of AKG equipment.

How Sweet Sweet Moon came to be performing in a Santiago vintage shop is a tale that started with an earlier video of the band performing on a street in their native Vienna. It went viral, with more than 600,000 views. But most intriguing was its enormous popularity in South America, even though the band had never been there or released a record there. What’s more, their avid South American fans pleaded with the band to cross the ocean and perform. One comment in particular made the point succinctly – “Fuck the Atlantic Ocean, making it near impossible to ever see you guys!” With that, “Fuck The Atlantic Ocean” was born, a music, film and web project by They Shoot Music Don’t They that followed Sweet Sweet Moon as they travelled through Argentina and Chile performing intimate and spontaneous sessions in villages and deserts, on mountain tops and rooftops, and yes, even in antique shops.

The band’s label, Siluh Records, calls their live appearances quirky and charmingly chaotic. Revolver Santiago magazine, reviewing a performance, said that the band manages to, “spin a cocoon filled with harmonic deliciousness”, and observed that “their songs start with warm velvetiness from the strings and end in an adventurous cacophony…”

They Shoot Music Don’t They caught it all as the band traversed South America from the Atlantic to the Pacific. TSMDT used two AKG mics to capture the performances – an AKG C214, a large-diaphragm condenser microphone designed to deliver detailed recording of lead vocals and solo instruments, and a CK77 WR lavalier microphone. The CK77 is a small, omnidirectional mic with a patented dual-diaphragm capsule to protect the transducer from moisture and perspiration, and two back-to-back vertical diaphragms to cancel out mechanical and cable noise by mixing the signals of both capsules out of phase.

For monitoring, TSMDT turns to the AKG K271 MKII headphones. They combine the comfort of an over-the-ear design and the benefits of closed-back technology for the best possible sound reproduction. The sealed design ensures low signal bleeding into microphones in the studio and maximum isolation for live mixing applications. And for video work, TSMDT’s filmmaker’s rely on the AKG PR4500 ENG wireless camera receiver that combines the outstanding audio quality for which AKG is known with exceptional ease-of-use thanks to an automatic setup function and scanning of the radio frequency environment.

It was an ambitious project, 21 days of traveling, exploring, entertaining and recording, but a rare look at an up-and-coming band on a mission to meet their fans, produced with the help of AKG.

 

ABOUT They shoot music

They Shoot Music Don’t They is a collective of pop culture enthusiasts, film makers and photographers. We film unique offstage performances of bands we like in unusual – mostly urban – settings. The stripped-down sessions feature internationally acclaimed as well as local bands, are unannounced, spontaneous and can take place literally anywhere.

Used AKG products: AKG C214, AKG CK77 WR, AKG K271 MKII, AKG PR4500 ENG

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