oo1 Flute Fascination Friday

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001 Flute Fascination Fridays

Hello flute lovees!

I’m excited to share with you some of my musical exploits. This is my first post and video for the new series called: Flute Fascination Fridays.

It is so much fun learning new ways to bring music to you. I love being creative in the studio and using video to bring the music to life!

Recently, I had the pleasure of performing with AlmaZazz – my good friend and collaborator on accordion, Judy Mitchell, at the “Eye of the Mountain” gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

While at this gig, Aaron, co-owner of the gallery, introduced me to the concept of ‘green screens’ for making videos. (check out some of his original musical and video work here). Using “green screen” effect is the process of using a green background while capturing video footage, and then

Rachel Houseman owner of Eye on the Mountain Gallery 614 Agua Fria ST Santa Fe, NM
Rachel Houseman owner of Eye on the Mountain Gallery 614 Agua Fria ST Santa Fe, NM

super-impose other video or photos over it. Now I get it!

I had no idea! This is totally fascinating to think that we can use photos, other videos, and who knows what else, animations, for instance, and  super-impose other photos or videos over them! Who knew!?

I’m stoked.

So here’s my first attempt at using a green screen.

  • First I took a photo of one of Rachel Houseman’s paintings
Rachel Houseman Painting
Rachel Houseman Painting

Rachel Houseman is a spiritually guided painter who uses ‘colorscapes’ to unite color, spirit, and emotions to captivate and even at times heal the viewer. Her use of color inspires and captivates me. It was easy to feel a connection with her art to create an improvised ‘soundscape’ on the recorder in this video.

Her paintings are featured in Southwest Art, the Santa Fean NOW as cover art, Taos Magazine of Fine Art, and more. She, a co-owner of Eye on the Mountain gallery, hired me to perform for her closing event for PAZ and his amazing sculptures inspired by  Ammonites.

I love the pearlescent luster of his sculptures as they weave in sinuous shapes like the fossilized shells by which they are inspired.


PAZ front

  • Next I bought some green fabric at the fabric store, used my brother’s screen holder to put it up,
green screen
green screen


  • then took some footage of me improvising on the alto recorder.

My recorder is a Moeck Rottenburg made of Rosewood. My family bought it in Germany

my Alto Moeck Rottenburg Rosewood Recorder
my Alto Moeck Rottenburg Rosewood Recorder

when I was a child. I used this recorder while studying at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin, OH.

  • Finally, I downloaded the footage and photo into the computer and used iMovie to edit it.

Lo and behold, here is the result of this first attempt. I certainly hope you enjoy it!

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ps. learning about the green screen effect reminds me of a business/life coach who was doing a presentation. She was supposedly filming in her home, but for some reason, the clock on the wall behind her didn’t change time. I kept watching the video in hopes the clock would move, but it never did. Now I know why that was – haha!


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