Dragonlance Recording Session in Brooklyn Falls, Minnesota

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"You met one of the true celebrities from Lake Geneva to frequent our store.  We knew Margaret well.  She was also a strong supporter of the local wildlife rehabilitator that we sponsored, so we'd see her at their events frequently.  I think she ended up in LG because of TSR - the creators of Dungeons and Dragons - which was headquartered in LG until ~'98 when they moved to Seattle.  Margaret stayed behind and started writing and publishing her fantasy books. I think she now has her own line of role-playing fantasy games, ala D&D, which are based on her books.  Now movies, WOW! A very pleasant woman."
-Bryce Dreeszen, Wisconsin

Doc, Dee, and Alan with Karl Pruesser

Dragonlance composer, Karl Pruesser, flew to Ames in October of 2006 to discuss characteristics of Medieval and Renaissance instruments.  The animated film, based on Margaret Weis's first book in the Dragonlance series, is scheduled to be released in November of 2007.  From left: Alan Spohnheimer, Dr. Bleyle, Karl Pruesser, Dee Dreeszen

Margaret Weis

The Wisconsin author, Margaret Weis, visits with Carl Bleyle during a lunch break.

Doc with organetto

Sound technicians worked constantly to adjust microphones for best effect. Some instruments needed three mics. 

Dee with dulcimer

Dee found a spot to ready herself to record one of several numbers on her dulcimer. 
The recording studio was Winterland Studios

Steve with lute

Behind Stephen Kelleher in the primary recording room is the control box with sliders.  Wearing earphones while performing, each instrumentalist could control the volume of his own sound, the sound of the performers in the other three rooms, the midi track, and the click track.  Note the zink and small crumhorn on the floor.

The Red room

A view of the red room 

gemshorn played by Dee

Gemshorn work in the blue room 

Preparing to sample the percussion instruments

Preparing to sample the percussion instruments 

control booth overview

This view of the control booth shows only some of the equipment.  That's the composer, Karl Pruesser, in the foreground. 
Sometimes a window on the computer screen would show the animation coordinating with the music played.

Group ready to play the ensemble number

Preparation for an ensemble number; Dee on alto recorder, Alan on bass hirtenschalmei, Steve on bass gamba, Doc on percussion. 
Tenor gemshorn, bass crumhorn, alto shawm, and lute are visible in the background.

Steve resting

13 hours of recording can be exhausting! 

instrument in the studio lounge